2016 Was A Record Year For Us In Terms Of Traffic – Thanks For Visiting

An Inside Look At How LRC Operates How a Ragtag Crew Of Almost Journalists Created Running’s Most Controversial Website Author Charles Bethea embedded himself with us during the US Olympic trials and got a behind-the-scenes look at how we operate. His article in Outside magazine includes some really nice quotes from Tim Layden, “… their best quality is that they don’t give a shit about offending people,” and Nick Willis, “It gave me a ton of inspiration. LetsRun is one of the primary reasons high-quality coaching and training have improved in ­America.”
*MB: Long Article on Letsrun… in Outside Magazine

Tonight: Donn Cabral And Chris Thompson Are Running Madrid’s San Silvestre Vallecana 10k On Dec 31st

News Of Note: New York Times Editorial On Russian Doping: Russia Needs To Come Clean Or Russian Sports “Will Remain Tainted And Suspect”

2017 Races To Get You Excited

Lemi Berhanu Hayle 2016 Boston ChampTuesday: Boston Champ Lemi Berhanu The Headliner At Monday’s Xiamen Marathon In China He clearly got some big bucks to run there. Discuss here.

Next Month: Barcelona:  Florence Kiplagat To Target Her World Record (And Possible 1:05:00 Barrier) At eDreams Barcelona Half Marathon In February 1:05:09 is her current record.

NC: Paul Chelimo, Melissa Bishop, David Oliver, Leo Manzano Headline JDL Fast Track 5th Annual Camel City Elite February 4th in Winston-Salem North Carolina.

A Lot Of Athletes Are Looking For New Contracts: Paul Merca: Jeremy Taiwo, Brooks Only American Male Olympian In 2016, Gets Dropped After Earning #8 World Ranking Merca writes, “A source close to the Taiwo camp revealed that the company offered him a contract for the 2017 season that was well under the current market value of a world-class decathlete.” If that’s the case, Taiwo should have no problem getting a contract with someone else. Unfortunately, we’re not sure there is a big market for world-class decathletes.

The Ageless Wonder

Ed Whitlock – 85-Year-Old Marathoner – Gets Nearly 1,500-Word Feature In NY Times By Jere Longman The title of the article is appropriately, “85-Year-Old Marathoner Is So Fast That Even Scientists Marvel.”

2-Hour Marathon

Ian O’Riordan Takes A Look At 2 Hr. Marathon: It’s The Last Everest Of Athletics He notes some sports scientists don’t think it will be broken until 2075. He also wonders if Athletics Ireland should have a concerted effort to break John Treacy‘s Irish record of 2:09:15.


End-Of-Year Awards And News

New York News

There Was A Lot Of December 26th Action In The UK

A Recap Of The Many Boxing Day Races In England The biggest news from a US perspective was that NCAA indoor 5,000 leader Marc Scott of Tulsa (13:38)  ran a 29:33 10k.

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Prediction Contest

gault1LRC Scandal? Rigged!? LetsRun.com’s Jonathan Gault Wins LetsRun.com Running Warehouse XC Prediction Contest Insiders dominated the RunningWarehouse prediction contest as in addition to Gault’s win, a guy coached by Karissa Schweizer‘s grandfather won as well. Another winner wrote one of the greatest emails we’ve ever received.

LetsRun.com’s World And US Rankings

Rupp crushed it at the Trials, but he'll face far tougher competition in RioLRC Men’s Marathon: Eliud Kipchoge Caps A Historic Year As World #1 As Breakout Marathon Star Galen Rupp Leads The Americans LRC super visitor David Graham has rolled out his 2016 world rankings plus plenty more thoughts on the year in men’s marathoning. Obviously, the great Kipchoge is #1, but where does Galen Rupp rank?
*MB: 2016 Men’s Marathon Rankings controversy – Where should Galen Rupp be ranked?)

A fall couldn't stop Jemima Sumgong from winningLRC Women’s Marathon: London/Olympic Champ Jemima Sumgong Tops The List; Shalane Flanagan Top American Sumgong, like Eliud Kipchoge, was the unquestioned world #1 in 2o16. Flanagan was one of three Americans to finish in the top 10 at the Olympics (Amy Cragg and Desi Linden were the others) – only the second time a country had pulled off that feat (after Kenya in 2008).
*MB: 2016 Women’s Marathon rankings. And the #1 US rank goes to……)

Farah_MoBot5kA-Rio16LRC Men’s 3,000/5,000: Mo Farah Is #1 Again; Paul Chelimo Tops U.S. List After Shock Silver In Rio Farah’s presence at the top of the podium in Rio was no surprise, but few envisioned Chelimo, who was just 11th at USAs last year, winning America’s first Olympic medal in the 5,000 since 1964 and two other Americans cracking the world top 10.
*MB: What a year for Team USA! Three American men make our World Top 10 in our 3000/5000 rankings.

Cheruiyot led a historic 1-2-3-4 sweep for Kenya in 2011; can she recapture that form four years later?LRC Women’s 3,000/5,000: Almaz Ayana Is World #1; Shannon Rowbury Or Molly Huddle For U.S. #1? Ayana may not have earned Olympic gold in the 5,000, but she was utterly dominant apart from that, breaking 14:20 three times in 2016 (before this year, it had been done six times, total). U.S. #1 was a tough choice as Shannon Rowbury earned 3k bronze at World Indoors and set the American 5k record while Molly Huddle crushed everyone in the 5k at the Olympic Trials.
*MB: And the bad news: Zero US women crack the world top 10 in our 3k/5k rankings

Previous LRC Rankings:

*Men’s Steeple: Men’s Steeple: Conseslus Kipruto Ascends To #1 After A Year To Remember; Evan Jager (#2) Leads Americans Again 
Women’s Steeple: Ruth Jebet Leads The Way; Olympic Medallist Emma Coburn Tops U.S. List For Third Straight Year
*Men’s 1,500: 
Olympic Champion Matthew Centrowitz Is Our World #1
*Women’s 1,500: Faith Kipyegon Unseats Genzebe Dibaba As World #1; Jenny Simpson Back On Top Of U.S. Rankings
*Women’s 800: Caster Semenya Is the Clear World #1; Kate Grace Finishes A Shocking Year As U.S. #1
*Men’s 800 David Rudisha Is On Top For 2nd Year In A Row; Olympic Bronze Medalist Clayton Murphy Leads The Americans

IAAF End-Of-Year Reviews: *Jumps *Throws *Multis *Hurdles *Relays *Racewalks  *Mid-d *Long Distance *Road & XC

New Track And Field News: Wayde Van Niekerk Named Track and Field News Athlete Of The Year Mo Farah #2, Usain Bolt #3.
*Hammer Thrower Anita Włodarczyk Named Track And Field News Female Athlete Of The Year And we bet 95% of track and field fans couldn’t name her. Almaz Ayana 2nd, Elaine Thompson 3rd.

Athletics Weeklys Rankings: Top 3 International Rankings For All Women’s Events You can see their top 10 rankings by purchasing a digital copy of their bumper 112-page end-of-year stats special.

End-Of-Year Cheer

Farah_MoBot5kA-Rio16Mo Farah Is Knighted And Jessica Ennis-Hill Becomes A Dame It’s Sir Mo Farah from here on out.
*Mo Farah Says Knighthood Is A “Dream Come True”

New Zealand: Valerie Adams Becomes New Zealand’s Youngest Dame She’s only 32. For more on Dames and Knights, click here.

screenshot-2016-12-30-at-18-35-13She Said Yes: Wayde van Niekerk Gets Engaged And Is On Cloud 9 A great year for the South African with a world record, gold medal, and engagement.

And Some Jeer: Indian Olympic Association Stripped Of Government Funding And Suspended After Giving Honorary Titles To 2 Corruption-Tainted Officials


A New World Record Was Set This Week / Jordan Who?

Poland’s Konrad Bukowiecki Smashes His Own World Junior Shot Put Record With 22.96m Heave Considering he’s an Olympic finalist with a 23.17 outdoor PR, it’s not a shock. Jordan Geist has his work cut out for him.

2016 Is Almost Over – 2017 Will Be Here Before You Know It

More Look Backs At 2016

Good Read Nikki Hamblin Says Helping Abbey D In Rio Won’t Define Her “If the same sort of scenario happened in the street you wouldn’t just get up and walk away. It just so happens that it took place for me in front of a few hundred TV cameras.”

Rupp Running Boston!

Galen Rupp Marathon DebutLRC Analysis LetsRun.com Breaks Down Galen Rupp’s Boston Marathon Debut – Will He (And Should He) Be The Favorite? How Well Suited Is He For The Course? + Conspiracy Theories Galore An American-born man hasn’t won the Boston marathon since 1983. That very well may change in 2017. In this LetsRun.com debate, the LRC staff goes back and forth about Rupp’s Boston debut. They start by debating if Rupp is the favorite but before it’s all over the venture into the conspiracy theory front: Is it possible that the Nike sub-2 attempt was created to water down Boston to ensure Rupp’s victory?
*MB: Galen Rupp to run Boston Marathon. He will need volunteers to hand him new hats throughout the race.
*MB: Calling it now, Rupp wins Boston 2017 2:07:04, prove me wrong.

The Latest On The Anti-Doping Front

Galen Rupp’s Future Isn’t On The Track

Rupp crushed it at the Trials, but he'll face far tougher competition in RioKen Goe Exclusive Galen Rupp’s Days As A 5,000m Runner Are Over, 2017 Looks To Be His Last At 10,000m Ken Goe reports, “Salazar said Rupp would continue to compete in the 10,000 through 2017, but would concentrate on marathon training.”
*MB: Discuss

More US News Of Note

Looking Ahead To 2017

Upcoming Action

Week That Was

Thumbs UpLRC WTW: Europe’s Teen Phenoms Appear To Be The Real Deal And Buzunesh Deba Breaks The Boston Marathon Course Record We look at foreign transplants, junior phenoms and note it’s been 975 days since an American went sub-2:10 in the marathon. We also discussed the ailing Miruts Yifter, the 1980 Olympic 5k/10k champ, who passed away on Thursday.