LRC2015 Bank Of America Chicago Marathon Women's Preview: Who Wins & Will A 40+ Woman Be The Top American?

HM WR holder Florence Kiplagat, Tokyo champ Birhane Dibaba and ’14 Dubai champ Mulu Seboka are the favorites. The battle for top American is wide open as 42-year-old Deena Kastor goes for the US masters record (2:28:40) against 40-year-old US marathon champ Blake Russell and Sara Hall. Then there is ageless wonder, 58-year-old Joan Benoit Samuelson, who will try to run within 30 minutes of her 2:21 winning time 30 years ago.
*MB: Liza Hunter-Galvan running Chicago Marathon

LRC2015 Bank Of America Chicago Marathon Men's Preview: Will Sammy Kitwara Arrive As An Abbott World Marathon Major Winner?

2014 2nd and 3rd placers Sammy Kitwara and Dickson Chumba – both of whom set personal bests here a year ago – will be in the field to tackle Tokyo champ Endeshaw Negesse, Rotterdam champ Abera Kuma and ’12 Boston champ Wesley Korir. The U.S. pros are led by 2:11 man Fernando Cabada and former Oregon star Luke Puskedra (61:36 half PR) as the headliners.

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Elite Marathoning: Chicago Is Sunday And Ryan Hall Fans, Don’t Get Your Hopes Up

Updated XC Rankings

Sprint World: Usain Bolt Rocks Out At Oktoberfest

USATF 10 Mile *Results

LRCUSA 10 Mile: Molly Huddle Crushes It, Sam Chelanga Gets First USA Title

Top results. Huddle ran 51:44 to win by over a minute over Neely Spence and Alexi Pappas. Chelanga just beat out Tyler Pennel by a second while Ritz was 3rd.
*Live Blow-By-Blow Thread On Message Board
*Post-Race Interview With Molly And Sam
*Replay Of Live Internet Stream Of Race
*USATF Recap

Odds & Ends From Saturday

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Doping News

The Real Winners At Worlds

The Integrity Of The Sport Is At Stake – Mike Rossi Is A Marathon Cheat And Should Have Been DQed From The 2014 Lehigh Valley Marathon

rossfinish Lehigh Valley Got It Wrong: The Evidence Is Conclusive: Mike Rossi – The Viral Boston Marathon Dad – Is A Marathon Cheat And Should Never Have Been On The Starting Line In Boston In April, Mike Rossi gained international fame for his snarky response to a letter from his kids’ principal scolding him for taking them out of school for several days to watch Boston. A investigation has revealed that Rossi’s principal was correct, the kids should never have been in Boston as the evidence is conclusive – their father didn’t legitimately qualify for the 2015 Boston Marathon. How confident are we that Rossi cut the course when he “ran” his 3:11:45 BQ qualifier at Lehigh Valley? Extremely. We’ll pay Mike Rossi $10,000 if he qualifies again in the next 12 months – and the qualifying time is 13+ minutes slower – 3:25.
*MB: Did Mike Rossi (viral marathon dad) cheat his way into Boston? 

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The Integrity Of Our Sport And The At-Large Process Is At Stake

LRCNCAA XC Weekend Recap: Wisconsin Jeopardized The At-Large Process And Should Be DQed From Louisville + No. 1 Colorado Debuts And The Six-Man XC Team That Beat Everyone At Notre Dame

We break down the impressive start to the season for Mark Wetmore‘s Colorado squads,  analyze what Oregon’s wins over Stanford mean, and rave about the men’s team that only has six runners on its entire roster, but we save all our passion for ripping Mick Byrne’s Wisconsin squad, who flew to Louisville and didn’t try to win the race. We pull out the NCAA rule book and ask the NCAA track and field team to DQ the Badger men as they clearly violated the honest effort rule.  Yes, it exists for XC.
*MB: NCAA at-large bids are at stake and the NCAA Cross Country Rules Committee needs to remove Wisco from Louisville results
*DI Regional Rankings Change Significantly As National Top-10 Teams Drop It was a strange weekend as many top teams ran without a full squad or didn’t actually race.
*Michigan’s Mason Ferlic And NC State’s Ryen Frazier Are DI Athletes Of The Week Ferlic won in Louisville and Frazier at Notre Dame.

Doping News

2015 NCAA XC Action Heats Up – A Great Weekend Of Action *Rocky Mount. Results *Louisville Results *Princeton Results *UW Results *Notre Dame Results *Paul Short Results *All Results

Rocky Mountain Shootout: Mark Wetmore Thrilled As His #1 Men And #2 Women Roll Ben Saarel ran unattached as apparently he’s coming back from injury. *Results
*Can Colorado Sweep NCAAs? Mark Wetmore: “You’d be surprised how little we talk about that. I don’t have any pep talks or rah-rah speeches in me. They know what’s on the line …”
*MB: Colorado debuts at Shootout, thoughts?

Louisville: Erin Finn And Michigan Women Win, Mason Ferlic And Iona Men Win (Results)

Princeton: 2015 Princeton Inter-Regional Cross-Country Results – #28 Princeton Women Beat 3 Ranked Teams, #19 Indiana Men Win (Results) The women of Princeton upended No. 18 William & Mary, No. 21 North Carolina and No. 25 Villanova.

20150612 CHESEREK Edward3 KLUW: Oregon Ducks Claim Team Titles, Edward Cheserek And Aisling Cuffe Win Individual Titles (Results) Lots of big names ran but lots didn’t (Elise Cranny, Jim Rosa, Sean McGorty, Grant Fisher, Jake Leingang and Blake Haney). Sub-4 frosh Matthew Maton was 8th.

Notre Dame: UTEP And New Mexico Roll, Anthony Rotich And Super-Frosh Ryen Frazier Take Individual Titles (Results) UTEP’s super-frosh Jonah Koech (1:46 PR) was 3rd.

Paul Short: GTown Men Upset Villanova (Results) Patrick Tiernan and ‘Nova went 1-2 but still lost to the Hoyas.

Arkansas: Arkansas Men And Women Dominate Chile Pepper Invy Dominique Scott dominated the women’s race while Tulsa’s Marc Scott won the men’s.

Kansas: Iowa State Men And Kansas Women Win Rim Rock Classic

USTFCCCA Recap of weekend action

HS: MileSplit Weekend HS Rundown

MB Talk: Official 10/2-10/3 Weekend NCAA XC Talk – Notre Dame, Paul Short, UW, Rocky Mountain, etc.

Shoe Brand/Store News

Video Of The Week? Czech Hockey Goalie Celebrates Win With On-Ice Track And Field Display He attempted the javelin, shot put and hammer throw using his goalie equipment.

WADA Reports That Positive Tests “Down By 10%” Despite Increased Testing In 2014 Are fewer athletes cheating or just more getting away with it? WADA director general David Howman said even though only 1.36% of samples came back positive, more than 10% of athletes could be doping. *2nd Article

Rio 2016 Cuts Budget By 30 Percent Amid Brazilian Economic Crisis

Our Weekly Recap

LRCWTW: Mary Cain Races Against Men, Molly Huddle Continues To Roll, How Many Women Have A Realistic Shot At The Olympic Marathon Trials, A Runner Steals $1.5 Million, And More

This week, among other things, we talk about the return to action for Mary Cain, break down the 2016 US Olympic Marathon Trials for women, state that "rah-rah" speeches don't work in distance running, try to figure out how much money doper Liliya Shobukhova owes people.

Mary Cain Returns Home

Non-Pro Distance News

Women’s Distance News

We Can’t Grow The Sport If Fans Can’t Afford To Go: Fans Shying Away From 2016 World Indoor Tickets Because Of High Prices The cheapest ticket is $225 for second-level seats on the turn and they go up to $385 for better seats.

Filmaker Spike Lee To Serve As Grand Marshal Of The 2015 TCS New York City Marathon
*AP Article: Lee: “It’s gonna be a great day in my life.”

Negative Olympic Stuff

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It’s The Weekend Off-Season – Time To Drink

Upcoming Road Action

Brojos And LRC Get Some Praise

Weldon and Robert Johnson Runner's World Magazine - 50 Most Influential People In RunningLRC Founders Robert And Weldon Johnson Named As Two Of “The 50 Most Influential People In Running” By Runner’s World LRC’s founders Robert Johnson and Weldon Johnson (Brojos) are among the 50 most influential people in running according to Runner’s World thanks to you. RW had high praise for the LRC audience, saying the Brojos are the “masterminds behind perhaps the most engaged online community of runners.”
*MB: The 50 Most Influential People in Running – wejo and rojo made the list!