Quote Of The Day

Genzebe Dibaba, the younger sister of Tirunesh Dibaba, after crushing the indoor 1,500m world record with 3:55.17 in Karlsruhe, Germany. The previous world record was 3:58.28 set by Yelena Sobolova of Russia; Dibaba’s time is arguably the greatest 1,500m ever run as it is the fastest time indoors or out since 1997.

Dibaba 3:55.17 WR *Results *Video *MBoard Thread

US Distance News

 Not In Our Lifetime 

The Guardian Asks “Will anyone ever run a sub-two-hour marathon?” Some interesting quotes from David Epstein (bestselling author of The Sports Gene), who says “right now it seems really unlikely.” Also an overly-optimistic quote from Stephen Kiprotich, who thinks someone will definitely run 2:02 before Rio 2016. Doesn’t he remember London last year, when the best in the World went out at 2:03:08 pace and died?
*LRC The Myth Of The Sub-2-Hour Marathon

Top Weekend Indoor Action

 Japan Distance News 

RRWLos Angeles To Host 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials

The 2016 Olympic Trials Marathon will be in Los Angeles. Reportedly, a USATF panel voted 5-0 to put the Trials in Houston, but that recommendation was ignored by USATF CEO Max Siegel. One big change, likely because of the panel favoring Houston, was the date of the LA Marathon (and the Trials) being moved to the middle of February, so athletes could double back to the Track Trials.
Discuss: Olympic Marathon Trials to Be in LA

Saturday’s US Track Action: Alexa Efraimson Breaks HS 3K Record *Results: *UW *Camel City *Penn State National *IU Relays *New Mexico *All Weekend NCAA Action

Blazing DMRs Lead Friday’s NCAA Indoor Action

*All Weekend NCAA Action

 Not-So-Super Sunday 

Un-American Quote Of The Day? Nick Symmonds Isn’t Going To Watch The Super Bowl “Apparently, it is called the ‘Super Bowl,’ and several hundred million people will sit down to watch it. I know I’m in the minority, but I must be honest: I couldn’t care less about this particular game or the sport of football in general.”

Japan Road News

 International Stars In The News 

Recommended Read: A Look Back At The 1974 Commonwealth Games 1,500, Considered By Many One Of The Greatest Middle-Distance Races Of All Times The athletes themselves tell the story of the race where Tanzania’s Filbert Bayi broke Jim Ryun‘s WR in a race that included distance legends John Walker, Rod Dixon and Brendan Foster.

 Prosecutors Seeking Death Penalty For Boston Bomber 

 European Stuff 

Live On NBC Sports Network Feb. 8 4:30-6pm Eastern

LRCSolomon Vs. Symmonds Vs. Andrews: 4 X 800 AR Assault At NBIGP Gets Better

Duane Solomon, the second fastest American ever at 800, has decided to extend his indoor season and put together a 4x800 team to try and beat the American record in a clash vs the Nick Symmonds led Brooks Beasts team and the Robby Andrews led NJ-NY track club. The meet will be live on the NBC Sports Network next Saturday. Update: Duane's team has been announced and includes Erik Sowinski.
*Discuss here

Mary Cain And Matt Centrowitz Headline Millrose Games Mile Fields

Mary Cain will race Morgan Uceny on the women’s side and Centrowitz will take on Nick Willis, Lawi Lalang and Alan Webb in his final indoor track race. Meet will be live on NBC Sports Network.
*NXN Champ Alexa Efraimson Will Face Cain And The Pros In The Millrose Women’s Wanamaker Mile

 Not Your Everyday TV 

Oscar Pistorius Murder Trial To Have Its Own 24-Hour TV Channel In South Africa The channel will launch on March 2, the day before Pistorius goes on trial for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last February.

 More Russian Doping 

Two For Two LRC Galen Rupp Gets Back The American Two-Mile Record, Runs 8:07.41 In Boston Bernard Lagat‘s 8:09.49 and Rupp’s previous 8:09.72 AR are history as he went for it big time tonight. Rupp took a crack at Kenenisa Bekele‘s 8:04 WR as he was at 4:59 at 2k but faded a bit at the end.

*LRC Photo Gallery
Interviews With Galen Rupp And Alberto Salazar After Rupp’s Record Run Both seem very excited for his mile AR attempt in 3 weeks.
*LRC Galen Rupp’s 8:07.41 Two Mile Record Broken Down – Lap-By-Lap Splits

*MB: Galen finished post AR workout with 4:01.6
*MB: Official Galen Rupp 2 Mile Prediction & Race Talk/Split Thread

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.

 More International Track / XC Results 

Other Top Weekend Action: Mo Aman Going For 600 WR Vs. Erik Sowinski

 Mo Farah Putting In Serious Miles In Kenya 

Let Us Introduce You To The Hottest Runner In The NCAA

LRC Will Geoghegan Q & A: The Secrets Of Going From 4:05 To 3:58 In The Mile Are Revealed Will Geoghegan‘s story shows not all track stars are born overnight – it just seems like it as he went from 4:05 to 3:58 last week. The Dartmouth senior is on a roll in 2014, leading the NCAAs in the mile, but it was not an easy ride to the top. Freshman year, he quit the Dartmouth team and was flunking his courses; now he’s going to have his pick of schools for his fifth year, unless he takes an LRC internship.
MB: Will Geoghegan to NOP?

Phoebe Wright Blogs: “The time I prepared for New Years Eve like I did the US champs.” Wright explains how with extreme dedication you can be an elite distance runner and still party on New Year’s Eve.

Kenyan News

 US Marathon News 

 Latest From Sochi 2014 

The Week In Review – Week That Was

LRC Bye-Bye Alan Webb, The Bold Galen Rupp And Mary Cain, Marathoning’s New Era, Can Ryan Hill Challenge Rupp? And Much More Alan Webb says goodbye to track and field, fortune favors the bold and Galen Rupp and Mary Cain, and do we have an American challenger who can beat Mr. Rupp? A proposal to save the marriages of NCAA track coaches, a star retires at age 25, and those crazy youngsters – a teen runs two half marathon PRs to win $200,000, a look at Britain’s great young talent, some fast NCAA times by Laura Roesler, and someone break up the Big Green of Dartmouth.

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