The Eatons Retire

screenshot-32LRC The World’s Greatest Athlete, Ashton Eaton, Retires In His Prime; We Pay Tribute With Our 5 Favorite Ashton Eaton Memories The greatest decathlete ever and his wife are both calling it a career at age 28. We pay tribute by sharing our five favorite Ashton Eaton memories.
*Oregonian *CBC *BBC
*MB: Ashton Eaton retires
*MB: World’s greatest athlete retires and 3 hours later there is nothing on front page of ESPN and

Non-LRC Year-End Rankings And Looks Back

This One Got Left Out In New Year’s Honors Sir Roger Bannister made Companion Of Honour By Queen In New Year’s Honours List Bannister already was a knight. Only 54 living people have the honor. More on the Companion of Honor here.

2017 Races To Get You Excited

IMG_20160817_131537August: One Big Thing To Look Forward To In 20017: Ezekiel Kemboi Fired Up For 2017 Worlds, Says Training Is Going Well The world’s greatest steeplechaser retired and then unretired at the Olympics after being DQd. Good new for track fans is they get him for one more year.

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
*Brooks Responds They are Focusing on Track Athletes

New York News

Rupp Running Boston!

Galen Rupp Marathon DebutLRC Analysis 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 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.

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

Enjoyed The Article Above? Then Check This Article On LRC’s Founding From Marathon And Beyond In 2009 The LetsRun Phenomenon

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


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

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.

Two Interviews We Liked

Administrative News’s World And US Rankings

*Men’s Marathon: Eliud Kipchoge Caps A Historic Year As World #1 As Breakout Marathon Star Galen Rupp Leads The Americans
*Women’s Marathon: London/Olympic Champ Jemima Sumgong Tops The List; Shalane Flanagan Top American
*Men’s 3,000/5,000:
Mo Farah Is #1 Again; Paul Chelimo Tops U.S. List After Shock Silver In Rio
*Women’s 3,000/5,000:
Almaz Ayana Is World #1; Shannon Rowbury Or Molly Huddle For U.S. #1?
*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

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.

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Prediction Contest

gault1LRC Scandal? Rigged!?’s Jonathan Gault Wins 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.