Week That Was

LRCRyan Hall = Joan Benoit? Chicago Drops Pacers, We Celebrate Steve Jones' 1985 Run, + Great Advice From Joe Newton

Is Ryan Hall this generation's Joan Benoit Samuelson? Chicago drops pacemakers, we remember Steve Jones's magical 1985 run, and great advice from legendary coach Joe Newton.
*MB: Ryan Hall=Joan Benoit Samuelson?

News From Down Under

Olympic Stuff

Pre-Chicago News
Sara Hall, Blake Russell and Sarah Crouch (r)

LRC The Inside Scoop On The 2015 Chicago Marathon – Meet The LetsRun.com Longshot, Discover The Secrets To The Fountain Of Youth, And Have We Found The Solution To The Sport’s Doping Problems? (link live, updated with photos) The pre-race media day was full of interesting things and we recap 14 of the most interesting for you as we talk to Joanie, Deena, Fernando, Sammy, Lucas, Luke (new dad), Sara (new mom), Sarah, and many others.

Outside Coverage

More Road News

Brojos And LRC Get Some Praise

Weldon and Robert Johnson Runner's World Magazine - 50 Most Influential People In RunningLRC LetsRun.com 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!

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 LetsRun.com 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? 

Big Paydays For Two US Steeplers

max_king_warrior_dashMB: Max King And Bridget Franek Win Warrior Dash 5k World Titles And $30,000 The Warrior Dash, a 5k obstacle race, is perfectly suited for steeplers, who are crazy enough to do it and fast and athletic enough to dominate it.

Monday – US Road 10k *Results

LRCThe Molly Huddle Show Rolls On With 31:21 Win At USATF Road 10K Champs In Boston

Huddle earned her fourth USATF Running Circuit victory in the last five weeks, adding the 10k crown to the 20k, 5k and 10-mile crowns she claimed earlier this year. Her training partner Emily Sisson celebrated her 24th birthday by taking second while 2014 USA track 10,000 champ Kim Conley was the third American (fourth overall). Plus the return to action for Joan Benoit Samuelson.
Molly Huddle does it again – She just dominated Tufts Health Plan 10k for Women – 31:21 FTW!
*RRW: Huddle Wins Tufts 10-K In Event Record 31:21

Jamaican Sprint News

2015 BOA Chicago Was Sunday *Results

florence_kiplagat_chicago_2015LRC: Dickson Chumba & Florence Kiplagat Win, Americans Luke Puskedra And Elkanah Kibet Impress, Deena Gets Masters Record (updated) A great day on the streets of Chicago as two non-rabbited races ended with exciting finishes. Dickson Chumba (2:09:25) and Florence Kiplagat (2:23:33) made it a Kenyan sweep as Americans Luke Puskedra, Elkanah Kibet, Deena Kastor and Sara Hall all cemented themselves as contenders for an Olympic spot come the Trials in February.

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More Chicago News

What We Learned In Chicago On Thursday: Chicago Cares Deeply About What LetsRun Visitors Think, A Superstar Pulls Out, Joan Benoit’s 30th Anniversary Run May Not Happen, And The Secret To Running A Marathon Every Year For Nearly 40 Years Get the inside scoop from the Windy City.

European News

Non-Chicago Weekend Action *Full NCAA Results

International Road / XC Results

Random: Bolt Vs. Powell – Who’s Better Looking?

Chicago Race Previews

joan benoit Samuelson and deena kastor in 2015LRC 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
Ireland’s Fionnuala McCormack (Britton) is also in field

Sammy Kitwara (l), Wesley Korir and Abera Kuma (r).LRC 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.

Is Usain Bolt A Legend & Will He Compete In 2017?

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