2017 Tokyo Is Saturday Night At 7:10pm ET On NBC Sports *TV And Streaming

LRC Full Women’s Race Preview: Betsy Saina Debuts Against A Trio Of Sub-2:23 Ethiopians We break down the 2017 Tokyo women’s race where 2015 champ Birhane Dibaba takes on last year’s runner-up, 2:21 woman Amane Gobena.

Kipsang set the world record in 2013; he couldn't possibly do it again in Tokyo, could he?LRC Full Men’s Race Preview: The 2017 World Marathon Majors Kick Off & Wilson Kipsang Wants The World Record? Wilson Kipsang just ran 2:03:13 in Berlin. He says he wants his world record back. We think a course record (2:05:42) is more reasonable. But it should be exciting nonetheless and the best part about it is you don’t have to get up early to enjoy. Live Saturday night during prime time.
*Kipsang Predicts 2:02:50 At Press Conference *Video

bumby-getty-dontuseLRC The Bowerman Track Club Goes To Japan: Andrew Bumbalough And Betsy Saina Set To Make Debuts At 2017 Tokyo Marathon The top U.S.-based entrants in Sunday’s Tokyo Marathon both hail from Jerry Schumacher‘s Bowerman Track Club. Saina is coming off a fifth-place finish in the Olympic 10,000, while Bumbalough, finally healthy after almost two years of injuries, is hoping to find success at the ultimate distance.
*MB: BTC teammates Betsy Saina and Andrew Bumbalough do the 26.2, how low will they go?

Cross Country News

Olympic News

2017 Abbott World Marathon Majors Kick Off In Tokyo This Sunday

Some Brief Doping News

2017 World XC Is Going To Be Awesome

Kenya’s Team Is Loaded Leonard Barsoton Stuns Favorites Bedan Karoki And Geoffrey Kamworor At 2017 Kenyan XC Championships Barsoton stormed from 3rd to 1st in the final 500 but the Kenyan team is loaded as Kamworor and Karoki both made it.
*Bedan Karoki Opts Out Of Kenyan World XC Team He wants to focus on training for his marathon debut in London.

14:43 5ker Irene Cheptai Surprises Herself And Wins Kenyan XC Women’s Title She won by more than 5 seconds and was more than a  minute ahead of 6th. Defending world champ Agnes Tirop and Olympic 1,500 champ Faith Kipyegon also made the team.

Some Incredible HS Performances

Pro Road Action

Kenyan Erik Titus Whacks 8 Minutes Off PR – From 2:15:43 To 207:43 CR – At Seville Marathon And it’s not like he had a great half marathon PR either (1:02:26). In the women’s race, Spain’s Paula González defended her title with a big PR of 2:28:54.

Interesting Reads

News From Kenya

In Case You Are Feeling Overly Hot And Steamy On Valentine’s Day

Chelimo wearing the dhamaSPORT in RioLRC Could A Cooling Wristband Be The Key To Athletes Who Struggle In The Heat? For years, scientists have been working on solutions to keep athletes cool before, during and after competition. We took a look at the dhamaSPORT, a new cooling wristband used by multiple U.S. Olympians in Rio which will also be used by several members of Team USA at the upcoming World Cross Country Championships in Uganda.

Conference Champs Weekend Is Here *Conference Championships Central *Streaming Info

LRC Can Ches Get the NCAA Mile Record, How Fast Will the 5Ks Go, and What About the Sport? 3 Storylines at the 2017 BU Last Chance Meet The NCAA mile record is 3:52.88 and the rabbit is scheduled to run sub-3:52 pace. Plus there are some fast 5ks with Evan JagerEric Jenkins, Ben TrueRyan Hill Moh Ahmed in the men’s race and Molly Huddle and Emily Sisson in the women’s.

NCAA DI Conference Championships Previews Get a quick rundown on what to watch out for at the SEC, ACC, Big 12, Big Ten and MPSF Championships.

Doping Updates: Russians Return

Thursday’s Most Newsworthy Info

LRC USATF Announces Rosters For 2017 IAAF World Cross-Country Championships Olympic silver medalist Paul Chelimo is running in the newly-created 4 x 2k relay.

Kim Smith in Philly in 2011New Zealand’s Best Ever? Kim Smith Retires She’s pregnant with baby #2 and a foot injury is preventing her from training how she wants to. She retires as the Kiwi record holder from 3,000 to the marathon. Once she ran a 14:39 indoors and won the race by nearly 3 minutes.

Centro Sr.’s Book Gets Some Publicity

Matt Centro’s Sr Gets Q&A In Washington Post About His Biography And His Son’s Olympic 1,500m Gold

centrowitz-book-father-sonLRC Exclusive LetsRun.com Exclusive: Read Chapter Two Of Matt Centrowitz’s New Book “Like Father, Like Son” LetsRun.com doesn’t beat around the bush. Neither does Matt Centrowitz. He’s so confident you’ll like his book, he’s letting you read a whole chapter for free. Purchase the book now and come back at the end of February and participate in the first ever LetsRun.com Virtual Book Club.

LRC Review Legendary Athlete, Father And Coach Matt Centrowitz Just Published An Autobiography – We Suggest You Read It

IOC Members Are Opposed To Thomas Bach’s Plan To Award The 2024 And 2028 Olympics At The Same Time There are rumors that Bach wants to award 2024/2028 to LA and Paris at once, but several influential IOC members disagree.

58-Year-Old Brit Becomes First To Achieve 40-Year-Span For Sub-3 Hour Marathons Steve Smythe ran his first marathon in 2:54 in 1976 and this weekend ran 2:56 to break the record for longest sub-3 span. (His PR is 2:29:42, set in London in 1981.)

More European News

Week That Was

Wilson_Ajee_Millrose_USA_Record_800m_11-Feb-2017LRC Week That Was: Women’s 800m Madness, One Runner From Japan Is Better Than All Of American Men Combined In The Marathon The Last 6 Years, Collegiate Milers And More The American 800m women took it to another level this week, and a Japanese runner reminded us the American men’s marathoners have struggled as a whole.

Ethiopian News: Lilesa Family Reunites

Feyisa Lilesa Reunites With His Family For The First Time Since Protesting At The Rio Marathon Finish Line Lilesa and his family will head to Flagstaff where he has been staying on a special visa. Lilesa still has hopes he’ll one day return to Ethiopia, but doesn’t have high hopes it’ll happen before Tokyo 2020. *2nd Article
*LRC Archives: The Bravest Olympian in Rio – Ethiopia’s Feyisa Lilesa Risks Death But Speaks Out About Killings of Oromo Protesters in Ethiopia After Earning Olympic Silver in Marathon

*Haile Gebrselassie Talks To Ato Boldon About His New Life As Head Of The Ethiopian Athletics Federation Geb also speaks on the possibility of the 2-hour marathon and proclaims that he thinks Ethiopia has untapped talent in the long jump.

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

Distance Update

Wednesday Distance News

Linden-Flanagan-CraggSt-Boston15Shalane Flanagan Pulls Out Of 2017 Boston Marathon With Fracture In Her Back  Desi Linden and Jordan Hasay now carry female American hopes with Galen Rupp on men’s side.
*Flanagan Talks To Runners World With More Details On Her Injury: “Never take a Ferrari off road.” She got injured running on a treadmill due to the snow in Portland.

College News

2017 Müller Indoor Grand Prix *Full Results *TV & Streaming

Muir Totally Spent AfterwardsThis One Lived Up To The Hype LRC 2017 Müller Indoor Grand Prix Recap: Mo Farah And Laura Muir Get European Records, Cas Loxsom And Ben Blankenship Get World-Leading Wins The final IAAF World Indoor Tour event of the year was a great meet as it featured European records for Laura Muir and Sir Mo, world leads and wins for Americans Cas Loxsom and Ben Blankenship, plus a Kenyan record for Hellen Obiri and Aussie record for Ryan Gregson.

MB: Official 2017 Muller Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix Live Discussion Thread
MB: Mo Farah goes home VICTORIOUS
MB: Mo Farah would’ve butchered Andy Butchart 2day

US Indoor Pro & Collegiate Action *All NCAA Results *Ocean Breeze Grand Prix Results


Important Tokyo News

2020 Olympics May Be Stifling Hot Shocking Study: Tokyo 2020 Will Be The Hottest Olympics In History – Athletes Face Risk Of Sroke And you can thank NBC for this fact as in 1964, heat wasn’t an issue as they were held in October.
Press Report: 2020 Olympics will be the hottest in history

Tokyo Marathon Is Next Weekend And Brett Larner Takes An Incredibly In-Depth Look At Its New Course The old finish of Tokyo has been hated by everyone for years. Now they’ve got a new course and new finish.

US Distance / Training Group Updates

Olympic News