2015 USA Indoors Are Saturday / Sunday In Boston 4-6pm Eastern On NBCSN, Rest Of Meet On USATF.TV *Schedule / Results *TV/Live Streaming *LRC Pre-Race Fan Polls

Live Saturday Thread

LRC Matthew Centrowitz Ready To Move On From Birmingham, Treniere Moser Feels At Home In The 1,000: Highlights From The USATF Press Conference Centro talks about the NOP double peak philosophy and trying to get his first indoor crown. Moser has indoor PRs at 800, 1,000, and the mile this year. More: 2015 USATF’s Quotes From Press Conference Treniere MoserSharon Day-Monroe, Natasha Hastings and Mary Saxer.

RRW: Treniere Moser Eyes 1,000m Crown To Cap Off Indoor Season
*Oregonian’s Ken Goe Frustrated That Even During A Dead Period In The Pro Sports World, No One Is Talking About USA Indoors

Women’s Preview LRC Mother Alysia Montaño Returns To Face Ajee Wilson + The Shannon Rowbury Show Ajee Wilson vs. Alysia Montano in the 600; Treniere Moser in the 1,000 (with high school senior Alexa Efraimson); & Shannon Rowbury and Jordan Hasay in 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 A WR holder and an American record holder 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; & past USA Champs Matthew CentrowitzLeo Manzano and Lopez Lomong vs. rising stars Blankenship and Pat Casey in mile.
*MB: 2015 Men’s USA Indoor meet is loaded – Who you got?

NCAA Conference Champs Have Begun *Schedule And How To Watch All The Meets This Weekend

Doping Updates

Elite Distance News

 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

More Weekend Distance Highlights

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).

More T&F Drama / Gossip

Asking The Questions That Need Answers

LRC Why Was Drug Cheat Hamza Driouch Training (With Mo Farah) In Ethiopia? Who Supplied The 17-Year-Old Doper? Social media photos of Mo Farah training with now drug cheat Hamza Driouch of Qatar have the British press asking, “What is Farah doing training with a drug cheat in Ethiopia?” Our more immediate focus is, “What the hell is drug cheat Driouch doing training period?”
*MB: Mo Farah training with Driouch after his suspension started (but before it was announced)

 More Doping 

Big Administrative News

A Big Win For Athletes: IOC To Scrap Rule 40, Which Prevented Athletes From Doing Advertising With Non-Olympic Sponsors During Olympics The IOC under new leadership is starting to get it. If this rule wasn’t changed, we were going to encourage major athletes like Usain Bolt to violate it. Nick Symmonds and Sanya Richards-Ross were two athletes who spoke out against rule 40 at the last Olympics. For more on that, click here.

Asafa Powell’s Management To Sue Supplement Company Epiphany D1 For $8 Million For His Positive Drug Test Powell’s manager, Paul Doyle, also criticized the IAAF for not stepping in and acting quicker.

Thursday/Mid-Week Action

Auckland: Nick Willis Powers Away Over Final 600m For Convincing Win Over Zane Robertson In New Zealand The bookies (yes, you could bet on the race) in New Zealand had Zane as the favorite, but he’s had a slight injury. Andrew Wheating 1:48.40 over Ryan Gregson 1:49.21 in 800. Discuss Willis, Roberston here.

Malmo, Sweden: American Sharika Nelvis Runs World Leader In Hurdles, Barshim Ends Indoors Unbeaten, 38-Year-Old Kim Collins Still Unbeaten, So Is Lavillenie

Previous – Metz, France: Bernard Lagat Runs 7:37.92 – New Masters WR He took down some big names – Paul Kipsiele KoechNixon ChepsebaBethwel Birgen. *Metz, France Results 

We Span The Globe So You Don’t Have To #InterestingNews

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

NOP And OTC Distance News

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

GB Pro News

Seb Coe Makes His Case For IAAF Presidency Over 5 Days *All Days

Day 5: LRC Coe on The 2 Hour Marathon:  “It’s a tall order but it’s certainly within the scope of a man.”

Day 4: LRC Coe On Marketing The Sport: One Size Doesn’t Fit All Coe advocates moving money from Monaco to the member federations who will know what works best locally. “We have to put the member federations in the best possible position to deliver the sport in the way they know there is a local interest. …We’ve got to find the key drivers of growth for the sport and we’ve got to be able deliver that sport in a much more flexible way.”
*Day 3: LRC
 Seb Coe’s Growth Plans: “We’ve got a sport, I think we’ve got to create a movement.”
Day 2: LRC Seb Coe On Trust/Doping
*Day 1: LRC Intro And Summary “I 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.”

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)

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.


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

Week That Was

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.”

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