Quote Of The Day

– Renato Canova talking about the progression of the men’s marathon world record and how men’s marathoning is at a completely different level than it was 6 years ago when Haile Gebrselassie was the first man to break 2:04 (and there were only 3 men sub-2:05). Canova thinks it won’t be long before we can see sub-2:02:30, naming Dennis Kimetto himself, Wilson Kipsang and Kenenisa Bekele as guys who could potentially lower Kimetto’s 2:02:57. What do you think? Discuss on our message board: Renato Canova QOD – He’s right but wrong (Kebede and Korir came from behind, Wanjiru, not Geb attacked in ’08)

Nick Symmonds’ Autobiography Out Next Month *Excerpt

Berlin Marathon *Photo Gallery *Complete Coverage Here *Berlin Results

2:02:57 World Record for Dennis Kimetto in the Marathon

LRC Dennis Kimetto 2:02:57: The 2:03:00 Barrier In The Marathon Is Gone Dennis Kimetto and Emmanuel Mutai put on a marathoning exhibition on the streets of Berlin and both broke the previous world record in the marathon and Kimetto was rewarded with a 2:02:57, the first sub-2:03:00 ever. *Video Highlights

*Elites React To Kimetto’s New WR On Twitter Wilson Kipsang: “1 year I was proud to carry the name of WRholder. Now I say congrats to my collegue Kimetto.  #focusonNY #onedaymyrecordagain
*Organizer Press Release *IAAF

Berlin Photo Gallery Updated Again
(Shalane Drinks The Big Beer)


Ethiopia’s Pre-Race Favorite Belaynesh Oljira Wins Carrera de la Mujer 10K In Colombia She ran a CR of 33:52 (the race is at 8,600 ft. elevation). US’s  Janet Cherobon-Bawcom was 9th (37:31).

High School XC: Alexa Efraimson’s First Race For Nike

Blue Collar

taysLRC Wannabe Distance God Book Review And Blue Collar Runner Of The Month #2 Unless you ran in the Big 8 Conference in the early 1980s, you’ve probably never heard of Timothy Tays. His book, Wannabe Distance God, explains what it was like for him to run under the legendary Bob Timmons (Jim Ryun‘s coach) at Kansas and how he (like many LRCers, we suspect) struggled to come to terms with the fact that he was never going to be one of the world’s elite. Tays’ story is compelling and his passion for the sport and desire for greatness make him our September Blue Collar Runner of the Month.
Previous BCRM: A Real Running Hero: The Flo Groberg Story 
Former Maryland track and field and cross-country runner Flo Groberg helped thwart a suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan.  This is his story.

Post-Berlin: And So The Talk Of Sub-2 Hours Begins

 Washed Up Or Coming Back? 

 Berlin Women 

Shalane Flanagan in Berlin

LRC Deena Kastor’s American Record Survives As Shalane Flanagan Runs 2:21:14, 2nd-Fastest Time Ever By An American, For Third At 2014 BMW Berlin Marathon Shalane Flanagan went for the AR in Berlin, but paid the price the second half. She was rewarded with a PR and the #2 time ever by an American and a third place finish as Tirfi Tsegaye (2:20:18) and Feyse Tadese (2:20:27) went 1-2 with PRs in front of Flanagan. *Video Highlights
*Shalane Flanagan Has No Regrets After Missing U.S. Marathon Record “We went big. I don’t race conservatively. We’d come to test our limits and we found out today where it was.”

Mo Farah’s Brother Faces Deportation From Britain This is Mo’s brother Ahmed Farah. Another brother Omar was recently arrested in Britain for attempted burglary and  Mo also has an identical twin, Hassan, who still lives in Somalia.

NCAA XC News *Battle In Boston Results: Men, Women

The Ducks won in Boston for the second straight year

LRC Oregon Men Dominate Battle In Beantown; Edward Cheserek And Eric Jenkins Go 1-2 Cheserek and Ducks teammate Eric Jenkins went 1-2 in a slow men’s race as Oregon put four in the top six en route to a dominant win. The Ducks scored 24 to runner-up Syracuse’s 52, with Providence (79) and Georgetown (103) rounding out the top four. *Interviews With Cheserek, Jenkins, Andy Powell, Chris Fox

Westphal was all alone at the end

LRC Michigan Women Win Easily, BC’s Liv Westphal Gets Individual Title Michigan went 2-3-8 (Erin Finn, Shannon OsikaBrook Handler) to win on the women’s side, scoring 55 to runner-up Georgetown’s 77. Syracuse (134) and Boston College (192) were a distant third and fourth.
*Interviews With Liz Westphal, Erin Finn, Mike McGuire,  Dana Giordano

Coast To Coast Battle In Beantown Message Board Thread Here

 Asian Games 

 Africans Clean Up At The Asian Games 

 Saturday XC Results 

(Mostly Women’s) Distance News

 Latest Doping Bans 

 Sex Sells 

Video: Aussie Hurdler/Model Michelle Jenneke Features In Top Gear Racing A Nissan GT-R Her sexy warmup routine video that went viral has got her way more sponsorship appearance opportunities than her actual sprinting.