Week That Was

Screenshot 2018-02-14 at 22.38.07LRC WTW: More Praise For The Japanese, Some Love For Caster Semenya, A Big Track Meet Gets Cancelled, RIP Jonathan Grey, Ken Young Semenya’s got a new coach, the Japanese have a super cool way to broadcast marathons, and the sport lost two of its own.

One Story We Missed From Last Week: LRC Meet Switzerland’s Julien Wanders – The 21-year-old who just ran a 60:09 half-marathon NR last weekend Wanders, who is following in the Robertsons’ footsteps and living in Kenya, ran a massive 1:34 pb to get 2nd in Barcelona.

Oregon Wants 2020 NCAA Champs Back At Hayward

Vin Lananna Says The University Of Oregon Will Re-Bid For The 2020 NCAA Outdoor Championships After The NCAA Re-Opened The Bidding Process Lannana said that Hayward Field will take a one-year renovation hiatus in 2019, but be able to host meets in the 2020 outdoor season.
*Register Guard article Lananna: “We plan to bid for 2020. It doesn’t mean that we’ll get it, it just means that we’ll go through the process again.”

Mid-Distance News

More Non-Distance News

NCAA Updates

Running Science

Things You Should Read This Weekend

Jake Your ChampAn ABSOLUTE MUST-READ: Incredible Q&A With Jake Robertson: A Decade In Kenya Turned Two Teens From New Zealand Into World-Class Runners The best non-LRC story of the year (so far).

Fascinating Read: Meet The Irishman Who Tested 5,500 Irish School Kids On His Own Dime To Find The Fastest To Race The Kids 60 At Millrose (Which They Won) “What I find in schools is we don’t even have the 10th-fastest kid in the class in our sport. It all comes back to talent.” They produced a winner in 2017 but got beaten this year.

An Interview With Running Phenom Camille Herron: I Was Born To Run The Comrades champ and LRC visitor has a diet that we used ourselves when we use to run 100+ mpw: “I like to eat Taco Bell and Subway before my races.”

Big News That No One Is Talking About: WADA Says CAS Issued Statement Acknowledging That Russians Did Do State-Sponsored Doping

The Latest USATF Controversy

The Oregonian: Vin Lananna Has Been “Stripped Of Some Of His Authority” As USATF President Due To Conflicts Of Interest Lananna heads several companies and nonprofits that bid on contracts and host track meets, including TrackTown USA and because of this (as well as concerns expressed by their auditing firm), the board passed a resolution requiring Lananna to recuse himself from many USATF issues. We said back when Lananna was running for president that he should “give up his current role at TrackTown USA.”

Non-Distance News

News From The 2018 Winter Olympics In South Korea

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

Until 2018 USA Indoors *Schedule *Entries *TV & Streaming 

HOK074_S18_Blue Mens_Elevon_POP_Horiz_ProductLRC $20,018 Running Warehouse USA Indoor Prediction Contest Pick the top 3 in the 800, 1500, 3k and 2 sprint events and you’ll win $20,018. Finish in the top 3 and you’ll get the Hoka One One Fly shoe of your choice.

Chelimo wearing the dhamaSPORT in RioLRC 3K Previews: It’s Bowerman TC vs. WCAP, Featuring World Medalists Paul Chelimo & Ryan Hill; Shelby Houlihan Should Dominate In the women’s race, we assume Houlihan is going to win and wonder who gets 2nd – Coburn, Mackey, Hall or someone else? For the men’s race, we pause and remind ourselves what an amazing two years it has been for Paul Chelimo. Does Ryan Hill – the reigning Worlds silver medallist at 3k – even make the US team against Chelmo and his WCAP buddies?
*MB: 2018 USA 3ks: Does Ryan Hill stand a chance against the WCAP studs? Can Emma Coburn make a team on the flat?

Will Houlihan be celebrating again on Saturday?LRC 1,500 Previews: Craig Engels Tries To Make His First U.S. Team; Can Anyone Prevent A Bowerman TC Sweep In Women’s Race? There will be plenty of drama in the metric mile.
*MB: Make your picks for the 1500 at USAs: BB, Engels, Kidder or WCAP? Quigley, Houlihan, Grace, McGee, Osika or Schneider?

Sowinski winning his second of three U.S. indoor titles in 2014LRC 800 Previews: Ajee Wilson Should Dominate, But Brazier Vs. Windle Vs. Murphy Vs. Sowinski Is Must-See TV The men’s 800 at 2018 USA should be AMAZING. It features 2 of the 3 fastest Americans indoors in history, plus the reigning Worlds bronze medalist and an Olympic medalist.
*MB: The 800 at 2018 USA Indoors Should be AMAZING. Who you got? Pick 2 of the following: Brazier, Windle, Murphy, Sowinski 

Recommended Read: SPIKES Profiles Czech Middle Distance Runner Jakub Holusa Who Has Become Known For His Blistering Kick Holusa kicked from 6th to 2nd in the last meters of the 1500 at 2016 Portland World Indoors, but looking back thinks he should have beat Matt Centrowitz for gold. “If I had been close to Centrowitz, I believe to this day I could have beaten him. With 150 to go I started my finish and it was so, so, so late…”

Book Review


LRC Book Review: “Endure” By Alex Hutchinson – A Fitting Successor To “The Sports Gene” As The Next Great Sports Science Book Treat yourself to your own Valentine’s Day gift by buying Alex Hutchinson‘s new book Endure, which we give our highest rating – 5 stars out of 5. Purchase here.

Thursday In Poland *Live Stream At 1PM ET

Copernicus Cup Preview: IAAF World Indoor Tour Goes To Poland On Thursday Distance highlights include World 5,000 champ Hellen Obiri in the 1,500 against Dawit Seyaum, World silver medalist Adam Kszczot in the 800.Off the track, Russia’s Maria Lasitskene will go for her 36th straight HJ win and Poland’s Piotr Lisek tries to lock up the series title against a deep field in the pole vault.

RIP David Torrence

torrenceLRC David Torrence’s Death Ruled An Accidental Drowning, But For His Family Questions Remain Because Of Death Threats While the medical examiner’s report and the Scottsdale PD ruled Torrence’s death an accidental drowning, David’s mother, Bianca Torrence, is frustrated because she feels investigators didn’t seriously consider another possible cause of death: murder. Bianca said that multiple people told her that David had received death threats in 2016 and said she does not believe that Scottsdale PD has taken the information about the death threats seriously.
*MB: David Torrence’s Death Ruled An Accidental Drowning, But For His Family Questions Remain Because Of Death Threats 

RIP Jonathan Grey

News From Africa

2018 RAK Half *Results *Race Replay *Km-By-Km Splits

MB: Official 2018 RAK Half Live Discussion Thread

Screenshot 2018-02-08 at 22.58.58LRC Oh So Close, Fancy Chemutai Just Misses WR And Runs 64:53 (#2 All-Time), Bedan Karoki Runs 58:42 (#4 All-Time) At 2018 RAK Half Even though the WR just barely survived, the women’s race was the best in half marathon history as 11 women broke 69:00. The men’s side was pretty darn good as 7 men broke 60:00, including a guy making his debut, Jemal Yimer, who ran a debut record of 59:00.

Other Thursday Action

Distance News

Previous Mid-Week Action

Sprint Stuff

TrackTown Construction Delay USA

DSCN6032LRC   NCAA TF Committee Reopens Bid Process For 2019 & 2020 NCAA Outdoor Championships That Had Previously Been Awarded To University Of Oregon The 2019 and 2020 NCAA outdoor meets were supposed to be at Hayward Field, but citing the “timing around pending construction,” the NCAA T&F committee decided to reopen the bid process.

More From Oregon: The Oregonian‘s Ken Goe Offers Another Perspective On The Vin Lananna USATF Conflict Of Interest Issue Goe writes that the USATF board never wanted Lananna, preferring Jackie Joyner Kersee and Lananna’s election (Kersee withdrew from consideration) was a “repudiation of the way the board had been doing business.”

Pole Vault Updates

Sprint Stuff

Weekend Road / XC Results

News From Japan

SAFP Is Back From Her Maternity Break

Afrer Giving Birth In August, 2008 And 2012 Olympic 100 Champ Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce Is Back Training And Says She’s Still Hungry She also thinks she can still PR (10.70) at age 31.

Pre-Race NBIGP News

Brazier-Berian I is tomorrowLRC What We Learned In Boston: What’s Up With Boris Berian, How Christian Coleman Can Run Even Faster, & How Much Money It Would Take For Jenny Simpson To Race The Steeple Again Get the inside scoop from today’s NBIGP press conference where three sets of stars will battle each other tomorrow – Simpson vs. Coburn, Coleman vs. Lyles and Berian vs. Brazier. Plus after talking to Brazier, we can only wonder: Has anyone in the history of the world ever broken 4:00 in the mile with a shorter longest run than Donavan Brazier? 

LRC Exclusive Q & As

Cheserek and Haas in Hawaii in December (courtesy Edward Cheserek)LRC Q&A With The Man Who Is Now Coaching Edward Cheserek – Stephen Haas; Haas Talks About Cheserek’s Sub-3:50 Mile Attempt & What Makes King Ches Special Cheserek will be attempting to be the 4th man to break 3:50 in the indoor mile this weekend and then a day later he’ll take on a stacked field in the 3k at the NBIGP. Get the inside scoop on his first altitude camp and learn how Cheserek closed a recent session with a 49-second 400.

Catching Up With Teen Phenoms Past And Present

Photo courtesy GatoradeLRC Q&A: Mary Cain On The Injury That Kept Her Out In 2017 & Her 2018 Plans, Plus Katelyn Tuohy Talks About Her Incredible XC Season, Her Millrose Defeat & Managing Expectations 21-year-old Mary Cain surprised fellow NY Section 1 phenom Katelyn Tuohy Wednesday afternoon and presented her with the Gatorade National Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year Award. We caught up with the two right after the ceremony and did a Q&A.

Bowerman Award Update

High School Coaching Legends

The coaches: Dan Iverson, Jonathan Dalby, Doug Soles, John O'Malley, Joan Hunter (l-r)LRC 10 Things I Learned From The Best High School Cross-Country And Track Coaches In America LetsRun.com’s Wejo flew to Boulder to hear from the high school top XC coaches in America Joan Hunter (#1 team), Dan Iverson (#2 team), Jonathan Dalby (#3 team) and John O’Malley (Foot Locker champ). What did he learn? A lot.
Discussion: “I attended a clinic with the top high school cross coaches in the country: ask me anything.”