Quote Of The Day

– Ugandan Athletics VP Lawrence Kavuma talking last month about Olympic champion Stephen Kiprotich, whose 19-month-old daughter died. Kiprotich definitely did not give up on life and showed the true Olympic spirit Sunday morning in Japan, as he battled back to pass Dickson Chumba just before the finish for second place at the Tokyo Marathon. Kiprotich flashed his smile and put his arms out in celebration.

Sainsbury’s Birmingham GP *Results *Race Video

LRC Mo Farah Gets His First World Record, Runs 8:03.40 2-Mile The critics can shut up for quite some time now. Farah went 3:59 for his 2nd mile to get the WR.
*Farah: Vernon Row Got Me Going

Rest Of The Meet LRC 2015 Birmingham Recap: Matthew Centrowitz & Shannon Rowbury See Winning Streaks Come To An End Some Americans did find success, however, as Ben Blankenship and Jordan Hasay PRed and Erik Sowinski almost did.
*Katarina Johnson-Thompson Sets British LJ Record With 6.93m; Jenny Meadows Wins 800 In 2:01 Greg Rutherford won the LJ in an indoor PR and WLing 8.17m.
*Full Meet Recaps: Athletics Weekly & IAAF

Seb Coe Doesn’t Think Track Is Too Dependent On Usain Bolt And Hopes He Stays Involved Even After He Retires “Are we overdependent on Bolt? It would be a bit like saying to the boxing community in the ’60s and ’70s that they are over reliant on Muhammad Ali.”

GB Olympic LJ Champ Greg Rutherford Says He Doesn’t Want His Son To Compete In Doping-Tainted Track And Field Other professional sports aren’t any better; track and field just actually tests. Rutherford was pretty negative as he said, “You might as well throw the sport to the dogs.”

Preview Of March 1st Napa Valley Marathon

Jamaican (Doping) Stuff

Genzebe Dibaba Does It Again *Full XL Galan Results *WR Race Video

LRC Genzebe Dibaba Smashes Indoor 5,000 WR By Over 5 Seconds With 14:18.86 In Stockholm Dibaba now holds indoor WRs at 1,500, 3,000, 2 miles and 5,000 thanks to a stupendous performance, during which she hit 2 miles faster than Jenny Simpson‘s AR. *Video
*MB: Genzebe Dibaba Smashes 5000 WR – Runs 14:18.86!!
*IAAF Recap Sifan Hassan
and Homiyu Tesfaye ran world-leading 1,500 times of 4:00.46 and 3:34:13; Qatar’s Musaeb Balla ran a WL 1:45.13 and Qatari teen Abadalleleh Haroun ran 45.13; plus a 6.99 WL in the LJ.

IAAF Recap Of Russian Champs: Anzhelika Sidorova Clears World-Leading 4.76m Yelena Korobkina won the 3,000m (8:50.39) and 5,000 (15:47.09) but the times were modest in most events (2:02 in w800).

News From Over The Pond

 Could You Beat The Mars Rover In A Marathon? 

NASA’s Mars Rover Will Soon Finish A Marathon The robot’s mission on Mars was only supposed to last 93 days and 600m, but 11 years later it’s still going.

A Boring Tuesday Got A Little More Interesting Thanks To Twitter

LRC Andy Vernon Calls Out Mo Farah On Twitter: “I would just rather watch a race than the Mo Show.” Is Farah dodging the competition (again)? Vernon believes so and says the 2-mile field for this Saturday’s Sainsbury’s Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham (of which he is not a part) isn’t strong enough. Farah responded by saying, “Taylor Swift can probably run faster than you!”
*MB: Mo Farah and Andy Vernon go at it in Twitter
*AW Article 

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

Spice Up Your Winter – Photo Of The Year Contest

LRC The Story Behind The Alaskan Flip-Off: The 2013 LRC Photo Of The Year

Cropped version of 2013 Photo of the Year 2013 LetsRun.com Photo of the Year (Zack Johnson (flipper), Andrew Ritchie (flippee)) photo by Todd List of Todd List Photography. More here: http://www.letsrun.com/news/2015/02/the-story-behind-the-2013-running-photo-of-the-year-the-alaskan-flip-off/

LRC What’s Your 2014 Running Photo Of The Year? Have you taken a photo or seen a photo that could be the running photo of the year (2014 until now)*. Submit or tweet your entries to us. Winner and/or person who tells us of winner wins $100.

The Great Ones

 The World Marathon Majors Are Underway – 2015 Tokyo In The Books *Results

Chumba running away from everyone but Negesse

LRC Tokyo 2015: Negesse And Dibaba Get First Major Wins, Stephen Kiprotich = Hero In 2nd, Japanese Twitter Erupts, Lauren Kleppin Risks It All Ethiopians Endeshaw Negesse and Birhane Dibaba got the major marathon season underway with their first major wins as Stephen Kiprotich showed the Olympic spirit in second, Tariku Bekele bombed in his debut, Japanese twitter went nuts over the marathon, and Lauren Kleppin took a shot at greatness but bombed. *IAAF Recap

MB: Official 2015 Tokyo Marathon Thread
*Full Coverage

More Weekend Distance Highlights

 Euro National Championships 

Abdi Abdirahman Talks About Going To Africa For The First Time Since He Left As A 5-Year-Old He trained with Mo Farah and says, “It was mind blowing to see the speed and intensity and mileage that Mo did there in Ethiopia.”

 Mo Farah's WR OTB 

News From Kenya

Great Read: Renato Canova Says Florence Kiplagat’s WR Was A Surprise Even For Him Last year, her #1 goal was the 13.1 WR with London Marathon 2nd. This year, the goal was the 15km WR but London is the goal as she needs to figure out if she should focus on marathon or 10,000 for 2016.

Doping News

 More Coe News 

News From Kenya: AK To Be Disbanded?

 More US Pro News 

More T&F Drama / Gossip

NCAA Action *All NCAA Results

 Poor Kawauchi 

Yuki Kawauchi May Take Break From Running After Calf Injury Slows Him To 1:13:36 Half Marathon Finish He was actually heckled by some spectators who shouted “Too slow!” and “Slacker!”

 More Mo Farah 

NOP And OTC Distance News

Previous Farah / Vernon Controversy News

Week That Was

McFarland USA – HS XC Movie With Kevin Costner – Opens Today

Random, But Somewhat Interesting

Elite Distance News

Doping Stuff: Adrienne Herzog Gets 2 Years

 NCAA News