We’re Not Done With 2017 Yet

2015 CCC ChampionshipLRC A PhD Student, Son Of A World Masters Champ, And A Guy Who Trained With The Big 10 100m Champ: Meet The Winners Of The $200,017 Running Warehouse NCAA XC Prediction Contest See who the kings and queens of LetsRun.com are.

Frerichs-CoburnR-London17LRC We Revise Our Steeplechase Rankings, Moving Ruth Jebet To #2, Emma Coburn To #3, And Drop Kiyeng To #4 We love the input of you – our visitors on the forums – and you convinced us that Coburn should be ahead of Kiyeng. *Discuss

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America’s Only Men’s Steeplechase Champ Has Died

RIP Horace Ashenfelter The FBI agent, who won 1952 Olympic gold against a favored Soviet rival, died Saturday at 94.
*RW: “In A Cold War Confrontation, The American FBI Agent Outkicked The Soviet Police Officer”
*IAAF Tribute

Stat Geeks, This Is For You


Runner’s World‘s 6 Reasons To Get Psyched About Track In 2018 The article says Paul Chelimo is a funnier version of Steve Prefontaine.

More Distance Stuff

  • Good Read: The Malibu Times: David Torrence’s Memory Sprints On Torrence’s mother is trying to accomplish some of her son’s goals like helping young runners in Peru. “Whatever David wanted to do, I’m doing for him. That’s what keeps me going. It’s so hard to lose my son, my friend, my coach, my inspiration. It’s been tough, but I’m really proud of all his accomplishments and the impact he had on the whole world.”
  • Toni Reavis Analyzes Women’s Marathoning Trends From 2010 Through 2017 A lot more countries share a piece of the pie with the women compared to the men, but Ethiopia beat out Kenya with 77 (35%) of the sub-2:30 women in 2017 (Kenya had 72, Japan 16 and USA 12).
  • USTFCCCA: Which Collegiate Indoor Records Could Fall In 2018? Could Karissa Schweizer take down Emily Sisson‘s 15:12 mark in the 5,000 and could Josh Kerr beat Edward Cheserek‘s 3:52?
  • Women Share What It’s Like To Run While Pregnant They share the benefits and drawbacks to running while preganant and share how they deal with the people’s reactions to it.

Saturday And Sunday

Distance News

Let’s Start 2018 Off With A WR

Photo via @geoffreyburnsLRC No Excuses: 1-Degree Temps (-13 C) Don’t Prevent Japan’s Yuki Kawauchi From Breaking World Record For Most Sub-2:20 Marathons Kawauchi, who has 25 career sub-2:12s, now has 76 sub-2:20s, one more than American legend Doug Kurtis.
*Kawauchi Admits He Had Doubts When He Was Struggling Early “When I saw my 5 km split it was the first time in a race I’ve ever thought, ‘Why am I doing this?'”

Jan. 2 Action: Toyo University Leads Defending Champ Aoyama Gakuin By 36 Seconds After Day One Of Hakone Ekiden Very impressive considering their entire senior class is out with injury.

Dec. 31/Jan. 1 Action – It’s Nice To Be Undefeated For 2018

Assorted Distance News


Weekend Action

Olympic News

More Distance

Sprint Stuff

The World’s Biggest XC Fan

fanLRC Meet Mr. Cross-Country, The Sport’s Biggest Fan Cross-country’s biggest fan, Michael Mahon, resides in Massachusetts, where for the past 33 years he has traveled to over 1,747 career meets, bag of cans in tow. And he doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon.
*Michael Mahon – Mr. Cross-Country – Share Your Favorite Story Here

Distance: Millrose Is Next Month

Sprint Stuff

Andrew Wheating Retires

WheatingWin8LRC Former Oregon Great Andrew Wheating Retires At Age 30 – A Look Back At The Highs And Lows Of His Career Tons of glory as a Duck and a 3:30.9 1,500m before he even signed his Nike contract. A look at his career. Discuss: ANDREW WHEATING RETIRES
*Favorite Andrew Wheating Moment?

Another Mid-D Guy Is Also Retiring: Brooks Beasts’ Former NCAA 3rd Placer Shaquille Walker Retires From Track At 24 Years Old Walker said running was interfering with other things in life and he’ll now focus on spending time with his family and pursuing a career as a dentist.
*MB: What? Shaquille Walker would rather be a dentist than an Olympic medallist and Danny Mackey thinks he could have set the AR?

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The Commonwealth Games Are In Three Months

The Action Gets Hot Next Week

hasay_houston_half_2017_david_montiLRC American Record Alert: The 2018 Houston Half Marathon Is Going To Be Incredible Next weekend’s Houston half is LOADED. There are six sub-60 men in the field but the women’s field headlines with Molly Huddle vs. Jordan Hasay – and they are far from guaranteed to win.

Starting Off 2018 With A Bang