RAK Half Marathon Was Early Friday

World’s #1-Ranked Marathoners Lelisa Desisa And Priscah Jeptoo Win 2014 Rak Half Marathon As Record 8 Men Break 60:00 In A Single Race Desisa, the 2013 Boston Marathon champion, won in 59:34 as Jeptoo (2013 NY and London winner) ran in 67:00.
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USA Cross-Country & Kenyan XC Championships Are This Weekend *Meet Entries *Watch Live Starting At 12 Noon ET *USA Meet Website *Full 2014 USA XC Coverage


How Much Is An Olympic Gold Medal Actually Worth? For Sochi 2014, anyway, the gold medals are actually made up of more silver than gold, but are worth $548.

Study Finds Vitamins C And E May Lessen Fitness Gains From Workouts The study said, “Vitamin C and Vitamin E hampered cellular adaptations in the exercised muscle.”

 Looking Ahead 

Other News Of Note

NOP Updates

Running Science

Sochi 2014

 Weekend Road / XC Results 

US Mid-D News


NB Pre-Race

LRC Leo Manzano Reveals He’s Now Self-Coached, Hoping To Represent USA At 2014 World Indoors We flew up to Boston a day early and are glad we did as the pre-race press conference certainly was informative. Ryan Ponsonby is no longer coaching Leo, who is looking to hit it hard in indoors this year. Guess what he ran recently for 1k in practice?

Major Drug Scandals?

Week That Was: January 27th – February 2nd

LRCWeek In Review: Was Genzebe Dibaba's 3:55.17 The Fastest Clean 1,500 Ever Run? The Marathon Trials Go To LA, The Depth Of Japanese Road Racing And Fast Collegiate DMRs And 3Ks

We're a little bit late getting this up this week, but it's worth recapping a week that saw possibly the greatest women's 1,500m ever run, one of the greatest high school 3,000m ever run, and some crazy-fast collegiate DMR action.

UK News: GB Indoor Champs This Weekend

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

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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.

LRC2014 Millrose Games Preview: Bye-Bye Alan Webb, Hello Teen Phenoms, Record Attempts Galore

The action at the 2014 NYRR Millrose Games promises to be special as there is a slew of great events to watch. At Millrose this year, Alan Webb is retiring, Mary Cain, Alexa Efraimson, Nick Symmonds and Robby Andrews are going for records, Nick Willis and Kim Conley are trying to stay in the winner's circle, America meets Iceland's version of Mary Cain and Bernard Lagat looks for perhaps a final Millrose victory.

The Sainsbury Bimingham Indoor Grand Prix Is This Weekend *Watch Live 8:15AM ET

Doping News

The IAAF Fights Back And Re-Suspends Olympic 1,500 Champ Asli Cakir Alptekin For Biological Passport Violation The IAAF has appealed the Turks’ exoneration of Alptekin and now the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) will decide. The verdict will be monumental as she’ll either get a lifetime ban or be named Olympic champion.

 Previous US/Kenya XC News 

US News

Collegiate News

Everyone Dreams Of The World Record

Definite Recommended Read For Any Harry Potter Fan: Phoebe Wright Blogs: “If Elite Groups Were Harry Potter Characters” Which Harry Potter character is the Oregon Project or Jerry Schumacher’s group? How about Oiselle and the OTC? LetsRun.com gets two shout-outs as well.

 News From Kenya 


LRCWhat A Race: 4 X 800 Record Falls In Tremendous Battle To The Line

This one lived up to the hype. The US All-Stars anchored by Erik Sowinski just held off Michael Rutt's NY/NJ Track Club team as both teams broke the previous world record. Recap, analysis and post-race video from the 4 x 800 record setters and Robby Andrews and Nick Symmonds.

RRWWorld Record For USA In 4 X 800, World Junior Record For Cain Highlight 2014 New Balance Indoor Grand Prix

The US All-Stars anchored by Erik Sowinski set the world record in the 4 x 800 just ahead of Michael Rutt's NY/NJ Track Club team that broke the previous WR as well. Tremendous race. Mary Cain improved her 1,000m world junior record, Jenny Simpson kicked a lap early in the 2-mile and missed the American record as a result, Nick Willis won the mile, and Galen Rupp dropped out with a minor injury, Kim Conley dominated the 2k, and Ryan Hill placed third in the 3,000 and showed he's the real deal.
Post-Race Videos: Galen Rupp Dropped Out, Mary Cain WJR, Erik Sowinski After 4 X 800 World Record, Michael Rutt Just Misses, Jenny Simpson Kicked A Lap Early, Nick Willis Winner, Leo Manzano Last, Ryan Hill 8:35 *18 MORE Post-Race Videos

*Galen Rupp Still Did A Workout After A DNF In NBIGP Mile Alberto Salazar said Rupp was racing in an experimental pair of Nike spikes, but did a “fantastic” post-race workout in his regular spikes after dropping out.
*MB: Classic: Experimental pair of nike shoes got Rupp injured
USATF Recap According to the USATF, Solomon’s “all-star” team gets the World Record, but the NJ-NY Track Club will officially hold the American record “because all members of a relay team breaking an AR must be members of the same recognized club.”
*Quotes From Top Athletes

Jamaican Sprint News

Fan Twitter Q&A With US 5K Record Holder Molly Huddle Huddle says she’d like to run a marathon before 2016.

University Of Oregon’s Pepsi Team Invitational Gone Without Explanation The invy is a quadrangular meet that has been a “centerpiece of Oregon’s home track & field regular season since 1987,” but is now gone and in an interview, head coach Robert Johnson refused to explain why. Ken Goe points out that this was always the key home meet and one of the rare scored meets in the NCAA.

Russian Athletes Prepare For Russian Indoor Champs Feb. 17th – 19th Coach of Olympic HJ champ Ivan Ukhov says Ukhov didn’t hit the WR in his last meet because he was “over motivated.”


Ed Torres Reveals LA To Pay Athletes $100,000 Less Than Houston Would Have For 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials

LA, according to Torres, is offering $100,000 less in prize money for the Trials than Houston. If LA is such a great place to offer the Trials, shouldn't that mean more publicity, more sponsorship, and more $ for the athletes. What about the athletes?

Craig Virgin Calls For More Transparency With Supplements/TUEs

LRCRunning Legend Craig Virgin Calls For More Transparency Revealing The Medications And Supplements Athletes Are On: "In Sight It Must Be Right"

Two-time World Cross-Country champion Craig Virgin has called for more transparency in the legal supplements/medications athletes may be taking. LRC spoke with Virgin on his comments and with Galen Rupp’s agent Ricky Simms about Virgin’s comments and the calls for more transparency. Plus, Simms tells LRC Mo Farah has never been on thyroid medication.

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

Progress At Last? Lawyer And Sports Medicine Specialist On Kenyan Doping Probe Says They’ve Been Getting Some Anonymous Tips Exposing Cheats He said, “Several things have come out. We are aware of certain shops where athletes are getting drugs. We are aware of some coaches, not just in athletics, who are giving out drugs. There are agents who are doping athletes to make more money from them … We have plenty of leads, and we are following them.”

General US News

 Previous Bimingham Indoor Grand Prix News 

Big Doping News

The Double Standard Continues: Tyson Gay Tested Positive After Trusting Doctor Of Many NFL Stars  David Epstein, in a joint piece for Pro Publica and Sports Illustrated, says that Tyson Gay tested positive this summer after seeing a doctor favored by a slew of NFL stars. It’s believed Gay’s positive resulted from him taking a cream which the manufacturer says doesn’t even have testosterone in it (but the label does), just DHEA – a substance legal in both the MLB and NFL but banned in track as it’s a steroid precursor. USADA has been told that Jon Drummond carried the cream around Monaco for Gay in 2012. *Piece On SI.com
*Discuss On MB: Doping Double Standard Continues: D Epstein Reports Tyson Gay Tested Positive After Seeing Doctor Favorited By NFL Stars
*LRC Archive: The Doping Double Standard In American Sports Needs To End


Good Read: Irish Hurdler Derval O’Rourke Talks About Martin Fagan’s Suspension And Says She Feels Sorry But There’s No Excuse To Dope “Those very twists and turns he faced are all part of the sport. It can be a tough job but we choose to do it. No one forces us to be professional athletes. … On the worst days the question rattling around my head is ‘Do I really want to do this? Maybe it’s time to retire.’ For me the exit door is retirement, it has never been taking drugs.”

Sprint, Jumps, Multis: Amantle Montsho To B-Ball After 2016

 UK News 

LRC6 Thoughts On The Men's Action: Is Ryan Hill The US's New #1? Nick Willis Might Be In Form Of His Life, Galen Rupp Thinks He's Fine

Nick Willis won the mile as Galen Rupp dropped out and Leo Manzano got last place. Hagos G won the 3k, but the big news was Ryan Hill has officially arrived.

LRC6 Thoughts On The Women: Mary Cain Wants More, Jenny S Kicks Too Early, Kim Conley Dominates And Let's Don't Forget Chanelle Price

Mary Cain keeps rolling, Jenny Simpson entertained, Treniere Moser is going for it, Chanelle Price keeps improving and Kim Conley is crushing everyone. Analysis and video interviews.

Nebraska-Omaha’s Sami Spenner Is The Top Pentathlete In The US Right Now (6th All-Time In Collegiate History) But Isn’t Allowed To Go To NCAAs Spenner explains that her school is transitioning from DII to DI, which locks the school’s athletes out of nationals for 4 years. She tried to appeal the rule last year as a junior, but the NCAA told her the only way she was going to NCAAs was if she transferred for her senior year.

 International Track Results 

Weekend College Action *All NCAA Action

IAAF Weekend Indoor Roundup: Russian High Jumpers Ivan Ukhov And Alesky Dmitrik Both Clear 2.40m At Arnstadt HJ Meet In Germany Ukhov, the Olympic champ, won on countback and this was the first time ever a HJer cleared as high as 2.40m and lost.

 UK News 

Dibaba Does It Again *Results *Video

 More International Racing 

Two-Time World Champion Edna Kiplagat Isn’t Worried About Tirunesh Dibaba Making Her Debut At The London Marathon Kiplagat said, “It’s good we are having Tirunesh as a debutante but it will not be easy for her. Marathon is four times what she has been running, 10,000m. She has to make a lot of sacrifice to make sure she is going to handle the marathon.”

Mo And The Marathon