LRCMary Cain Just Misses World Indoor Junior Mile Mark By .01 - Sets New American Junior Mark Of 4:24.11

Mary Cain ran her best race of 2014 but in the end she missed the world junior mark by .01. Abbey D'Agostino and Jordan Hasay ran lifetime bests in second and third.

 Some are getting ready for World Indoors by racing outdoors 

LRCUnheralded Tsegaye Mekonnen Asefa - Just 18 - Pulls Off A Shocker And Crushes Everyone In Dubai In 2:04:32, Setting The World Junior Record

Talk about having no fear of the marathon. An unheralded 18-year-old with a 62:53 PR at 13.1 went out on world record pace and ended up with a dominant 2:04:32 victory as a Ethiopian debutant won in 2:04 for the 3rd straight year. Wow.

LRCMula Seboka Gets Surprise Victory In Women's Race At 2014 Dubai Marathon In 2:25:01

(updated) This was certainly an upset as Seboka, until recently, was a journeywoman. But no longer. In the 30th marathon of her career - yes, 30th - thanks to a strong surge at 35k which broke the pack, she defeated the #2 10,000 runner in history, Meselech Melkamu, and finished off a 71:20 2nd half. 2011 NYC champ Firehiwot Dado was third.

Sochi 2014: Did NBC Get Lolo Jones In The Olympics?

 Summer Games 

Rio 2016 Budget Grows By 27 Per Cent To $2.9 Billion Still way less than the $14.6 billion for London 2012 and $51 billion for Sochi 2014.

2 More For Brooks Beasts

Garrett Heath And Erica Moore Join Brooks Beasts TC Brooks Beasts TC keeps getting deeper as these two join previously-announced Nick Symmonds.
*MB: Two more new Brooks Beasts

Week That Was

US Pro News

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 Sochi 2014 

RIP Madison Holleran

 Q&A's With US Women 

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LRCWhat's Your 2013 Running Photo Of The Year?

Rojo, Wejo and Yohan Blake performing "The Beast" is our personal LRC photo of the year. What's your 2013 running photo of the year? Submit or tweet your entries to us. Winner gets a cool $100.

A Great Ideat Idea At The NBIGP

Winter Running Tips (Links Found By DownTheBackStretch)

 Jamaican / Kenyan Stuff 

 Exercise Science 

 This Weekend 

Japan Running News’ Osaka International Women’s Marathon And Osaka Half Marathon Preview Race features a showdown between the last 3 winners in defending champion Tetiana Gamera-Shmyrko (Ukraine) and Japan’s Risa Shigetomo and Yukiko Akaba.

 Bekele The GOAT? 

Kenenisa Bekele Thinks Move To The Marathon Can Make Him Officially Surpass Haile Gebrselassie As One Of The Greatest Ever Bekele: “If you want to compare, just take a look at the races I won and the medals I received. Haile has run for a long time with a great achievement and I have got a huge respect for him. But … no one has broken my records so far. I think it is clear that my achievement in those track races is better than any other athlete.”

 US Marathoning: Aaron Braun And Ben Bruce Making Debuts 


 European News 

 Upcoming Majors 

2014 Tokyo Release: Elite Fields Announced For 2014’s 1st Major (Feb. 23rd) Finally Released 2:04 man Tadesse Tola and 2-time World champ Abel Kirui lead a men’s field that has 5 others who have gone 2:06 or better, including 2011 World Junior XC champ Geoffrey Kipsang. 2012 Olympian Arata Fujiwara leads the Japanese charge. The women’s favorite is 2:19 runner Lucy Kabuu, who will face Tirfi Tsegaye (2:21:19).
*IAAF Preview

2014 London Women’s Field Released: LRC 4 Quick Takes – Priscah Jeptoo To Try To Defend As Tirunesh Dibaba Debuts At Star-Studded 2014 London Marathon The 2014 London field is totally stacked as Priscah Jeptoo, who was totally unbeatable in 2013, will clash with Tirunesh Dibaba, who is making the most anticipated women’s marathon debut in 10+ years (maybe ever?).

2014 Boston Field Released
LRC Three Thoughts About The 2014 Boston Marathon Field There certainly won’t be talk of Boston being watered down in 2014 as both fields are quite strong. The men’s field includes TFN’s world #1 and #2 marathoners from 2013, Dennis Kimetto and Lelisa Desisa, and the women’s field is led by sub-2:20 women Mare Dibaba and Rita Jeptoo.
Boston Marathon Releases Fastest Field Ever For 2014 Race
*MB Talk: Ritz is going to get rocked at Boston

Kenyan Athletes In Uproar Over New Tax Laws

 Kenyan XC Action This Weekend 

Chris Christie Spokesman Denies Carl Lewis’ Allegations That He Was Bullied By Christie When He Was Trying To Run For State Senate He says Lewis is just “sour” that he lost his court case and wasn’t allowed to run for NJ office.

Cool Idea For You High Schoolers: DyeStat Trying To Find The Deepest Team In The Nation In The Mile By Introducing Sub-5/Sub-6 Challenge Which schools in the country have the most sub-5 (boys) or sub-6 (girls) milers?

 GB/Commonwealth News