From Tragedy To Triumph

LRC Feature The Miracle In The Black Hills: A Coach, A Fallen Teammate And A Season For The Ages In July, Black Hills State’s Gage McSpadden was struck by lightning and tragically killed at the age of 21. The team’s dream of a first-ever NCAA appearance, one that McSpadden had guaranteed, appeared to be shot. No one will ever forget how they responded.

Pro Distance News: Ritz Is Injured

The NCAA 100m Just Became A Lot Less Interesting

De Grasse after signing with Puma in 2015Andre De Grasse Goes Pro – Signs With Puma The Canadian will no longer be running for USC as he’s joined Trayvon Bromell, who signed with New Balance, in the pro ranks..

A Lot Of Great Action Set For This Weekend

Seb Coe Grilled For Three Hours By UK Culture, Media And Sport Select Committee

Today’s Doping Updates

Distance News

SA News: Oscar P Will Know His Fate Thursday

A Big Drug Positive In Kenya

Emily Chebet at the 2013 Worlds. (c) Mike Scott 2013.2-Time World XC Champ Emily Chebet Gets 4-Year Ban Chebet is a big name and she gets the new 4-year ban. She tested positive for lasix (a masking agent), and did not even have her “B” sample tested. She was among 7 Kenyans who received bans.
*Statement From Her Agency IAC It is the first positive for the agency of the late Zane Branson.
Discuss: 2 time world XC champ Emily Chebet – four year drug ban?

More IAAF / Seb Coe Updates

Happy Thanksgiving!

 T-Day On The Boards 

Scandals / Doping: IAAF, Russia, Africa

NCAA Photos Galore *D1 Men’s Race (514 Photos) *D1 Women’s Race (486 Photos) *D1 Banquet *D1 Post-Race *DIII Men (257 Photos) *DIII Women (185 Photos)

Occupy Athletics Kenya

Great Ethiopian Run And Haile’s Farewell Race

Interesting Distance News

Book Review – The Animal Keepers Is Certainly A Keeper

LRC Book Review"The Animal Keepers" By Donn Behnke - A Terrific Tale Of What It Means To Be A Team

We highly recommend this book - hell, we call it "a triumph" - by Chris Solinsky's high school coach, Donn Behnke. Purchase here5 out 5 stars.

LRC2015 NXN Girls Preview: The Daughter Of A Boston Marathon Champ Is The Favorite As The F-M Girls Look For Their 9th Title In 10 Years

Bill Aris' Fayetteville-Manlius girls seem poised to dominate yet again. The girls individual race is interesting as Katie Rainsberger, the daughter of Boston marathon champ Lisa Rainsberger, is the favorite - but one can't discount the daughter of 3:51 miler Chuck Aragon, Christina. Plus we introduce you to 12-year-old phenom Grace Ping, who will run in the girls race.

LRC2015 NXN Boys Preview: Can Austin Tamagno Break The "California Curse"? The Great Oak (CA) Boys Look To Continue To Roll

Teamwise, #1 Great Oak enters as the favorite after putting up the lowest score at the California state meet in 9 years. Individually, Oregon recruit Austin Tamagno (5th FL in '14) is the favorite on the boys side but the sloppy conditions might mean New Yorker Ben Petrella is your winner. No Californian boy has ever won NXN. Can Tamagno overcome the "California curse"?

*DyeStat: After Last Year’s Historic Sweep, FM Returns To NXN With Two Defending Champs Coach Bill Aris talks about the status of his runners as they’ve been dealing with some injuries.
*DyeStat Preview: Annie Hill And Phillip Rocha Lead Fields For Saturday’s Foot Locker West Regional

Random Distance News

Oscar Pistorius Going Back To Jail

Distance News

Did You Not Get All Your Gifts On Black Friday And Cyber Monday? We Have A Solution For You

LRC Book Review"Two Hours" By Ed Caesar - A Wonderful Book Worthy Of 5 Stars And One We Consider "The Definitive Book On The Modern Elite Marathon"

Looking for a great Christmas present? We have a suggestion. Ed Caesar's new book Two Hours covers everything you would want to know about the marathon, from its roots in ancient Greek lore all the way up to the establishment of big-money major-city marathons in the late 20th century. It includes incredible behind-the-scenes access of Geoffrey Mutai in 2011 when he destroyed the course records in both Boston and New York. 5 out 5 stars.

Russian / General Doping News

+1 For LA 2024

This Weekend’s Pro Action

Birhanu Legese wins. Photo courtesy of Airtel Delhi Half Marathon.21-Year-Old Birhanu Legese (59:20) Wins 2015 Airtel Delhi Half Marathon And $27,000 As 5 Men Break 59:30 – Cynthia Limo (68:35) Wins Women’s Race It was only the third time in history 5 men have broken 59:30 in the same race. WR holder Zersenay Tadese lost out in the sprint finish had his best finish in 4 years (59:24). India’s Lalita Babar, the steeple WC finalist, set a new NR of 70:52. WR holder and 2015 Chicago champ Florence Kiplagat was a DNF.
*MB: Totally Loaded Airtel Half Marathon Is Sunday With WR Holders Zersenay Tadese and Florence Kiplagat – Who You Got?

Important Reads

Lamine Diack 2010Overlooked Eugene 2021 Worlds Bid Being Investigated By French Police As Part Of Corruption Inquiry Into Lamine Diack Everything Lamine Diack touched should be investigated but this is the first formal news we’ve seen that Eugene 2021 is part of the investigation.

Previous: Australian Scientists Michael Ashenden And Robin Parisotto Criticize Latest IAAF Statement About Blood Doping Ashenden says that “the IAAF has failed their athletes” by being “legally timid when they should have been morally strong.” *BBC Article *The Guardian

Big News From Friday – IAAF And UK Anti-Doping Clear Paula

Paula Radcliffe, Prince Harry, Raphael and IslaIAAF And UK Anti-Doping Both Clear Paula Radcliffe Of Blood Doping In an unprecedented move, the IAAF has released a 25-page document that among other things it says clears Paula Radcliffe of any doping accusations. Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, we at LRC have not read the full document but are offended that IAAF, with its former anti-doping director facing a potential prison sentence, has the gall to tell us what “any competent” scientist should believe. Fortunately, UK Anti-Doping had an independent expert look at the data as well and conclude Paula has nothing to answer. The IAAF and WADA should do the same.
*IAAF Press Release *Full 25-Page Document *Guardian *UK Independent

On The Boards: IAAF clears Paula! Nothing to see here!

Young Stars In The News

A Look Back At The World-Record-Breaking Years Of Ashton Eaton And Genzebe Dibaba

2015 IAAF Athletes Of The Year

Final 2015 NCAA XC Analysis *LRC Photos: *D1 Men’s Race (514 Photos) *D1 Women’s Race (486 Photos) *D1 Banquet *D1 Post-Race *DIII Men (257 Photos) *DIII Women (185 Photos)

Another day, another NCAA title for Edward CheserekLRC Our Final Look At NCAA Cross: Was Syracuse Winning NCAAs The Most Significant Development In A Generation? Chris Lear seems to think so. Plus praise for Edward Cheserek and the men of Oregon and the UNM women. Who are the early favorites for 2016?

Bruce came out of nowhere to take 23rd at NCAAsLRC Forget About The Winners: The Biggest Surprises And Underperformers At NCAA Cross Edward Cheserek and Molly Seidel were the winners, but who exceeded/came up short of expectations?

Molly Seidel: “I’ve Been Hearing About That Stupid Curse for Years” Seidel talks about breaking the curse, why she struggled early in her college career, and “busting up” her knee in a bike crash the week before NCAAs.

Excellent Read: DailyRelay Examines In Great Detail Whether UNM Is The Greatest-Ever Women’s Team And If Cheserek Is The Greatest-Ever Men’s Individual Martin Smith‘s 1982 UVA team was VERY good but UNM appears to be a little better.

A Scandal Or Just A Ridiculous Conflict Of Interest?

Seb Coe in a Video He Made When he Ran for IAAF PresidentBBC Gets Hands On Leaked Craig Masback Email Which Shows Nike-Paid Seb Coe Talked To Lamine Diack About Eugene 2021 Coe, who still is paid six figures per year as a brand ambassador for Nike, denies there is anything wrong with what he did. “I did not lobby anyone on behalf of the Eugene 2021 bid. After their narrow defeat for the 2019 Championships I encouraged them to re-enter another bidding cycle as they had a strong bid.” That may be true but we 100% think Coe can’t be paid for Nike while the head of the IAAF.

Dick Pound Says 2nd Report On IAAF/Russian Corruption Won’t Come Out Until January But It Will Be Worth The Wait As There Will Be A “WOW” Factor “When we release this information to the world, there will be a wow factor. I think people will say how on earth could this happen? It’s a complete betrayal of what the people in charge of the sport should be doing.”

US Women In The News

Interesting But Random

Post-NCAA News

2015 NCAAs Were Saturday *Results (DI, DII And DIII) *Complete NCAA Coverage

Syracuse CelebratesIn Case You Were Gone Over The Weekend Syracuse “Out-Coloradoes” Colorado For NCAA Cross Crown As Edward Cheserek Makes History Look Easy Colorado and Syracuse were tied at 8k but “Syracuse out-Coloradoed Colorado over the last 2k” to get the crown. King Cheserek crushed Patrick Tiernan the final 2k. Full recap with interviews of Chris Fox, Mark Wetmore, Justin Knight, Grant Fisher, Patrick Tiernan and more.

seidelwinsLRC Molly Seidel Breaks The Foot Locker Curse And New Mexico Makes History The Foot Locker curse is over and the New Mexico women proved themselves to be the greatest women’s team in history as they had the lowest point total in the modern era. Interviews with Seidel, Dominque Scott, Joe Franklin, Anna Rohrer and the Lobos.

Doping News Updates

Former Heptathlete Denise Lewis Named President Of Commonwealth Games England She says she wants to be “hands on” and not just a “ceremonial” role.

Down Goes Italy?

Italian Olympic Committee Requests Doping Bans For 26 Track Athletes List includes European marathon champ Daniele Meucci, Worlds 4th placer Ruggero Pertile and Olympic TJ bronze medalist Fabrizio Donato. They are accused of evading doping tests, but claim that there was an administrative error.
*MB: Italian dopers revealed Includes full list of 26, as well as 39 others who are under investigation.
*MB: Down Goes Danielle Meucci

Say It Ain’t So

LRCDid Mike Rossi - The Viral Marathon Dad - Try To Cheat Out Of $10,000 On Saturday?

Has Mike Rossi cut yet another course, this time in an attempt to win $10,000 from
*MB: Did Mike Rossi (viral marathon dad) cheat his way into Boston?

Upcoming Action This Weekend And Next

Athletes Of The Year

2024 News

51.3% Of Hamburg Residents Vote “No” To Hosting 2024 Olympics

Not Your Everyday Boring Reads

Japanese National 10,000 Record Goes Down As Kota Murayama Runs 27:29.69 In An Electrifying Race For Glory On a track lined with screaming fans, Murayama just beat out Tetsuya Yoroizaka by .05 seconds as both were under the old 27:35 mark. Kenya’s William Malel won the race in 27:22. *IAAF
*MB: Two Japanese guys shatter Japanese 10,000 record and 27:30 barrier. Photo finish w pic 

Admin News

Seb Coe / Russia News

Distance News: Learn From The Pros

Doping News Outside Russia / The IAAF

George Barber, Father Of Pole Vault World Champ Shawn Barber, Banned From Coaching For Sex Offense Athletics Canada discovered he served a prison sentence in 2007 for having sex with a 17-year-old student athlete.
*MB: PV Gold Medalist Barber’s dad/coach suspended for sex offence

One Of The Sport’s First Convicted Dopers Dies Tragically Young At Age 59

Sweden’s Greatest-Ever Sprinter Linda Haglund – One Of The First Athletes Ever Banned For Doping – Dies Suddenly At Age 59 (Translated) Fourth in the 100m at the 1980 Olympics, her 7.13 60m best still is Sweden’s record some 37 years later. Her bust in 1981 was a game changer.

 More News From Europe: 

Former Sub-4 High Schoolers Who Are Now Triathletes

Other Distance News

 Banquet Photos (Click For Gallery) 

A Legend Passes And We Barely Knew Anything About Him

Mal WhitfieldFrank Litsky Of NY Times Remembers Mal Whitfield: One Of America’s Greatest 800m Runners – 2 Time Olympic Champ AND A Tuskegee Airman Whitfield’s life (2 Olympic golds 1948 and 1952 while serving in the military, being a Tuskegee Airman in a segregated military, and spreading track and field throughout the globe) was pretty amazing. Plus, after he retired from track, he advised a ton of athletes, including Kip Keino of Kenya and Mamo Wolde. He died this week at 91. *LA Times Obit
On The BoardsMal Whitfield – USA 800m Legend – RIP