Our Internal Squabble, Aired Publicly

LRC The LetsRun.com Civil War: Is Mo Farah The Greatest Of All-Time? With 5 world titles and now a world record, there is no doubt that Mo Farah is currently the king of the track, but is he up for GOAT? The LRC team got into a heated argument about this topic. One even argued Farah isn’t as good as Sileshi Sihine.
*MB: With 5 world titles and a WR, is Mo Farah the GOAT (Greatest of all-time)? We say yes…(and hell no).

2015 USA Indoors Are Saturday / Sunday in Boston

Women’s Preview LRC Mother Alysia Montaño Returns To Face Ajee Wilson + The Shannon Rowbury Show Women’s action includes Ajee Wilson versus Alysia Montano (in just her second race post-pregnancy) in the 600; Treniere Moser in the 1000 (which also features 18-year-old high school senior Alexa Efraimson); and Shannon Rowbury and Jordan Hasay, who will each attempt the mile/2-mile double.

Men’s Preview: LRC  A Stacked Mile with Centro vs Leo (and others), AR vs WR at 600 + A BTC Civil War at 2-miles There are lots of fantastic mid-d races – A WR holder and an American record holder will clash in the men’s 600; the BTC trio of Chris Derrick, Ryan Hill and Evan Jager square off with Ben Blankenship in the 2-mile. The mile features USATF outdoor champions Matthew CentrowitzLeo Manzano and Lopez Lomong and well as rising stars Blankenship and Pat Casey.
*MB: 2015 Men’s USA Indoor meet is loaded – Who you got?

A Step In The Right Direction: USATF Acts Quickly And Reinstates Sisu Club XC Nats Video Last week, USATF got their video taken down off YouTube, saying it was copyright infringement. Max Siegel put out a statement recognizing clubs should be encouraged (not prevented) from promoting the sport.

News From Europe: Indoor Champs Are Next Week

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

Marathon News

 NCAA Stuff 

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

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 

Doping Stuff: Adrienne Herzog Gets 2 Years

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

MB: Bernard Lagat Runs 7:37.92 – New Masters WR He took down some big names – Paul Kipsiele KoechNixon ChepsebaBethwel Birgen – and erased Eric Jenkins from the World #1 spot (ignoring Farah’s split).

Seb Coe Makes His Case For IAAF Presidency *Splash Page

Day 3: LRC Seb Coe’s Growth Plans: “We’ve got a sport, I think we’ve got to create a movement.” The world is obsessed with obesity/fitness. Can track tap into that? Plus no shame in appearance fees – pros should have lucrative careers as they are “an injury away from oblivion.”

Day 2: LRC Seb Coe On Trust/Doping Seb Coe is running for the IAAF presidency. He knows many of the most passionate fans of the sport come to LetsRun.com and has filmed an interview that is being exclusively released here. We’ve got his views on doping today. Three more parts coming over the next three days.
*Day 1: LRC Intro and SummaryI take great exception to people from outside our sport trying to redesign our sport because they don’t fundamentally understand the nature, the history and the philosophy of it.”
*Day 4: Marketing The Sport Across 213 Member Federations
*Day 5: A Sub-2 Hour Marathon?

Drake Relays Presented By Hy-Vee Announces First Wave Of 2015 Athletes And Events A highlight will be the addition of an elite women’s 800 with Brenda Martinez and Ajee Wilson. Other top names competing include Renaud Lavillenie, Jenn Suhr, LaShawn Merritt vs. Kirani James, and a deep 110H and HJ competition.

Defense In Oscar Pistorius Case Is Challenging Judge’s Decision To Allow An Appeal By The Prosecution The prosecution thinks the judge made a misinterpretation of the law with her original rule of “culpable homicide” for 5 years.

Weight Throwers Michael Lihrman (Wisconsin) And Kearsten Peoples (Missouri) Are NCAA Athletes Of The Week

Running Science

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

Week That Was

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

Random, But Somewhat Interesting

Elite Distance News

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 

Doping Updates

Elite Distance News

 That Can't Be Good 

UCI President Brian Cookson Says “Uncomfortable” New Doping Report Is Coming

Quick Q&A With Andy Bayer

InsideTheGames Asks If “Mega-Events” Are Worth Hosting A look at the cost vs. benefit debate countries are asking themselves before they bid to host major international championships.

 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.”

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

More T&F Drama / Gossip