Thursday Night Football Marathoning – 2015 Dubai Marathon Is Thursday Night – Free Stream 10pm ET

Live Stream Here On Race Starts at 10pm Eastern/7pm Pacific. You’d better be watching (at least the second half).

MB: Official 2015 Dubai Marathon Live Discussion Thread The off season is officially over as Dubai has started. Discuss it live.

Women’s Preview: LRC World Half Champ Gladys Cherono (Debut), Defending Champ Mulu Seboka & CR Holder Aselefech Mergia Headline A Ridiculously Deep Field 2011 NYC champ Firehiwot Dado and five-time World XC medalist Meselech Melkamu are also entered. In total, an incredible 12 women in the field have broken 2:24 and 22 have broken 2:28.

Men’s Preview: LRC Will Kenenisa Bekele Arrive As A Marathon Force In Dubai? Or Will Countryman Lelisa Desisa Win 2nd Title In 3 Years? Only for a man named Bekele would two marathons in the 2:05 range be viewed as a disappointment. Bekele, now working with coach and LRC message board poster Renato Canova, is targeting the course record of 2:04:23 but the favorite is Desisa, who just lost out to Wilson Kipsang in New York last year and leads a group of 20 other men who have broken 2:10, including 2:04 guys Berhanu Shiferaw and Feyisa Lilesa.
*Kenenisa Bekele talks at length with Sabrina Yohannes about how he’s learning to be a marathoner
IAAF Preview: Hermens Says Bekele Is In Best Marathon Shape Of Life, 2:04-Low Would Be A Good Result CR holder Aselefech Mergia leads the women’s entries.
*World Half Champ Gladys Cherono Confident Ahead Of Her Marathon Debut In Dubai “I know I will be facing some of the most experienced marathoners, especially from Ethiopia, but I fear nobody because I have done enough preparations.”
*3-Time Dubai Winner Haile G In Town, Running With Locals, Making Appearance For adidas
*MB: Now that’s what we call talent – Kenenisa Bekele trained for just 7 weeks – ran 2:05 in Chicago.

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Today’s Russian Doping Updates


LRC 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist Jenn Suhr And Husband/Coach Rick Suhr Share Thoughts On The “Year Of The Vault” Since the women’s pole vault is expected to be one of the marquee events of the 2016 Olympics with hometown favorite Fabiana Murer, it’s time for you, the LRC visitor, to learn about one of the event’s biggest stars. We sat down with Jenn Suhr on Tuesday in Boston. She’ll be back there for the NBIGP and USAs this winter.

 College News 

Is Cross-Country Sexist?

European News

Chevron Houston Marathon *Results *Photo Gallery

Ethiopians Yebrgual Arage And Birhanu Gedefa Win 2015 Chevron Houston Marathon As American Kellyn Taylor (2:28:40) Has Nice Debut

Ethiopians Yebrgual Arage (2:23:23) and Birhanu Gedefa (2:08:03) got the wins as American Kellyn Taylor (2:28:40) had a nice debut and Aaron Braun (2:12:54) was the top American man.
On The Boards: Also at Houston - Aaron Braun 2:12:54; Kellyn Taylor 2:28:40

Houston Half/Full Photo Gallery

2015 Houston Half and Full Photo Gallery

2015 Houston Half And Full Photo Gallery

Chris Derrick Says It’s A Shame The US Or European Countries Don’t Want To Host World XC Champs And That The UK Won’t Send A Full Team “I think the athletes, myself, other top Americans and Europeans need to make a commitment to show up and do it. If we’re not going to commit to it, the fans aren’t going to commit to it.”

US Women’s Distance News

Less Than One Month Away

LRCGet Your Butt To Boulder, Colorado For The USA XC Afterparty One Month From Today

Steve and Sara Slattery are hosting the party and want runners, non-runners, and LRCers to be there.

GB Women: Everything You Didn’t Want To Know About Women’s Periods

Updates On Pair Of Welsh Athletes Who Got Reduced Drug Bans


Russia: At What Point Do You Just Ban The Whole Country?

Upcoming Track / XC Action

 Check Out The Boards On A Slow News Day 

US Track: Oregon Project Cleans Up At UW Preview

2015 UW Indoor Preview Results: Shannon Rowbury (2:40.25 / 4:27.86) Beats Teammates Jordan Hasay, Treniere Moser In Both The 1,000 And Mile; Matt Centrowitz Wins 1,000/Mile Double Over Evan Jager And Cam Levins Stanford’s Elise Cranny was 4th in the 1,000 (2:42.39). In other action Mary Cain was 4th in the 600 (1:30.03) and then won the 800 (2:07.21), German Fernandez was 2nd in the 3,000 (8:04.59). Pros Andy Bayer, Phoebe Wright, Geena Lara also competed.
*Stanford Article On Sean McGorty’s Sub-4 Mile And Elise Cranny’s Impressive 1,000

*USTFCCCA Weekend NCAA Highlights Collegiate leads for Oklahoma State’s John Teeters in the 60 (6.54), Texas A&M’s Shavez Hart (20.76 in the 200), Oregon’s Jasmine Todd (7.15 60m), NCAA indoor 200 champ Dezerea Bryant (23.12 in the 200). Video Highlight: Purdue vs. Indiana women’s dual came down to a photo finish in the 4 x 8 with Purdue getting the win by .001.
*MSU Open: Cristian Soratos Runs Altitude Converted 3:56.87 Mile (4:05.18)
*Texas Posts Nation-Leading Marks In Opener In Sprints And Throws


Weekend XC Action

Paula Radcliffe Talks About Her Expectations For The 2015 London MarathonWith the foot issue and training at 2/3rds of what I used to, I don’t really have a goal in mind other than to try and run as well as I can and enjoy the experience and the fact that 18 months ago I never ever thought I would be able to reach this point.”

Greek Think Tank Determines That 2004 Athens Games Cost Greece $7.5 Billion Articles states that this “didn’t significantly affect the debt-heavy country’s finances.”

News From Kenya

News From Kenya

Japanese Road News

Paula Speaks: Doping, Career And Her Last (?) Marathon

Marathon News: Get Excited, 2015 Dubai Is Friday

Random But Interesting

Houston Half  (USATF Champs) And Full *Results *Photo Gallery

LRC Diego Estrada (60:51!) And Kim Conley (69:44) Very Impressive, Win 2015 USA Half Marathon Championships Estrada dominated the race by almost a minute in 60:51 (7th-fastest US performance ever) as Jared Ward was 2nd, Meb 4th. Conley won by just over 30 seconds in 69:44 (she’s now #8 on US list) over Brianne Nelson & Janet Bawcom. Recap, analysis, results.
*RRW Article

Arizona: Americans Amy Hastings (1:12:04 FTW) And Ryan Hall (104:16 2nd) Make Less-Pressured Debuts

Drug Related

Poll Finds Majority Of Boston Residents Support 2024 Olympic Bid It wasn’t by a lot, though, as 55% supported it, 40% were against it and 5% were undecided.

LRC Remembering LRCer Van Townsend The running world lost one of its bright lights this week with the death of Van Townsend.
*MB: RIP Van Townsend: Share Your Respects Here’s 2014 Awards – We Need Your Vote

LRC Meb Or Galen? Vote For’s 2014 Award It’s time to vote. Vote and tell us who are the male and female runners of the year for the World, US, and NCAA. Plus vote for the “best record-breaking performance,” the “race of the year,” the “moment of the year” and “unusual moment of the year.”

Recommend Read: Kudos To The Ultimate Internet Sleuth: MB: Canadian proves that 2012 Russian Olympic champ competed on Dec 30th while banned! Evan Dunfee has done an amazing job showing you how the Russians have doctored photos to make it look like Elena Lashmanova‘s race took place in 2012, not 2014. *IAAF Investigating