2014 Bupa Great Edinburgh XC – Double American Victories To Start 2014 *Results

LRC Garrett Heath Over Asbel Kiprop And Kenenisa Bekele; Chris Derrick Dominates 2014 got off to a great start for Americans Garrett Heath and Chris Derrick as Heath beat both Bekele and Kiprop to win the 4k and Derrick dominated the 8k. It was a long day for the American women. Also, who finished higher? The third placer at Foot Locker or third placer at NXN in the junior boys race?

 Formerly One Of The Toughest Races In The World To Win 

US Women Distance News: Kara Goucher Leaving Nike?

 This Weekend: 

MebLoaded Fields Set For 2014 Chevron Houston Marathon – Aramco Houston Half Marathon To Host USA Half Marathon Championships Meb Keflezighi leads a men’s half field that includes Aaron Braun, Luke Puskedra, Shadrack Biwott and Josphat Boit. The women are led by Adriana Nelson, Serena Burla, Sara Hall, Mattie Suver and Lisa Uhl. Defending champion Bazu Worku (2:05:25) leads the men’s marathon field while Afework Bekele (2:23:59) leads the women.

Pro/Con Debate – Should Every Big Track Meet In The US Be Held In Eugene? *Discuss On MB: Eugene: track ghetto or capital?

Another College Coach Finds The Pro Lifestyle Better Than College

LRC Mark Coogan Talks About His Move To New Balance We caught up with the 1996 Olympian this afternoon to ask him about his move. Who’s coaching Abbey D and Dartmouth this spring? Is Abbey following him to New Balance? What happens to Ben True and Sam Chelanga? How hard was it to say goodbye?

Extensive Interview With Abbey D’Agostino By Gary Cohen She talks about this year’s XC Champs, plans for 2014 and decisions about pro running. The interview is from before the Mark Coogan-New Balance announcement, so she doesn’t comment on that.

*New Balance Press Release: Abbey D’Agostino’s Coach Mark Coogan Leaving Dartmouth To Lead Coaching For New Balance All of the shoe companies are seemingly starting their own groups.
*Dartmouth Press Release

Ritz And Meb In Boston

More Distance Results: Yuki Kawauchi Loses To A Fellow Amateur

NCAA Indoor Gets Going *All NCAA Weekend Results

No, It Isn’t April 1st: Convicted Oregon Pimp Sues Nike Over Lack Of Shoe Warning Label Apparently he stomped some guy’s face in, was sentenced to prison and is suing Nike for $100 million as they didn’t have a warning label saying the shoes could be used as a deadly weapon. You can’t make this stuff up.

More Pro News: Farah Running From Taxman

Where Your Dreams Become Reality

LRCWhen Should You Give Up The (Olympic) Dream? We Tell You - The Oldest American First-Time Olympians Revealed

Along with the oldest American first-time Olympians, we crunch the numbers and tell you which US 1,500 guys should "hang 'em up" before 2016 and why there is hope for Chris Solinsky to make his first Olympic team in 2016.

 Sochi 2014 News 

Top Women In The News

Nick Symmonds Signs With Brooks

The Oregonian On Symmonds’ Departure: Symmonds Doesn’t Rule Out Living In Eugene After His Career Is Over

LRC Nick Symmonds Is Thrilled To Have Say At Brooks – “Just sitting in Eugene twiddling my thumbs waiting for Nike to call me – that was not satisfying for me.” In an exclusive chat with LetsRun, Symmonds reveals the financial the deals offered to him by Nike and Brooks were similar, but at Brooks he’s got input. Symmonds also talks about training without Mark Rowland, how fortunate he is as compared to Leo Manzano, and the high quality of journalism one can find on LetsRun.com each day.

Analysis: 4 Quick Thoughts About Symmonds’ Move The Brooks Beasts Track club has a high profile member now as Symmonds is leaving Nike, Oregon and coach Mark Rowland to move to Seattle and Brooks.

More: Press Release From Brooks With Video Announcement From Symmonds: Brooks Running Company Jumpstarts 100th Year with a Clear Focus on the Future of Run, Signing Olympian Nick Symmonds.

MB: *Nick Symmonds’ Free Agency Is Soon To Be Over – New Shoe Deal Coming At 1pm ET – – Update has signed with Brooks!!
*Who does Brooks cut to afford Symmonds?
*Who does Nick Symmonds think he is? LeBron?

New Running Shoe Introduced

LRCMizuno Running 2014: The Launch Of The Wave Paradox

Mizuno used its "One Minute/One Product" pitch at the 2013 Running Event to talk about the new Mizuno Wave Paradox.

Other Pro News

 Winter Running 

A-Rod Banned For Entire 2014 Season For Drug Use In an appeal, he had it reduced from 211 games to 162, but it is still the longest ban for drug use in baseball’s history.

Mary Cain’s Pro Debut

RRWMary Cain Makes Pro Debut; Finishes Second In 500, Wins 800 At Armory

In her first race as a pro, Cain lost but ran the 7th-fastest 500 ever.
*Alberto Talks About Cain’s Races: He talks in great detail about her form changes, which Cain described incorrectly, and reveals she’s behind on her mileage but faster than last year.
MB: Mary Cain about to run a 500 at gotham cup
MB: Mary Cain beaten in pro debut
*DyeStat Video Interview

Bekele Explains Why Paris: “I have many years running together with Mo. But at the moment I want to get experience. … So for that reason Paris is better at the moment for me.”

Olympic Heptathlon Champ Jessica Ennis Is Pregnant (So Is Stephanie Rothstein-Bruce & Christin Wurth-Thomas)

Doping News