Live Now: LRC Pre-Race Audio Show At 10:00 AM Local/11:00 AM ET We’ll give out our final thoughts and make our official predictions. (Finally) Goes To Ethiopia

IMG_20181115_233657553Day 1 LRC Goes To Ethiopia, Day 1: Arrival In Addis Ababa, Meeting Haile G, & A Run-In With The Ethiopian Military We waited 18 years to set foot in Ethiopia but once we were here it was only a matter of hours before we got to talk to the great Haile Gebrselassie. He held court with some studly friends from Eritrea – Stephen Kiprotich and Zersenay Tadesse. Thankfully, we didn’t anger the Ethiopian military too much after a classic American tourist gaffe.
* Is Making Its First Trip to Ethiopia. … What Should We Know and What Do You Want to Hear!?!!

NCAA XC Team News

ednah-kurgat-unmLRC Women’s Team Preview: New Mexico Goes For 3rd Title In 4 Years Against A Deep Field Of Contenders Mark Wetmore says that NCAA XC is “chaotic and unpredictable.” That certainly could be true this year as 5 teams have a legitimate shot at the title – UNM, Oregon, Colorado, Boise State and Arkansas.
MB: Who will win the women’s team title at 2018 NCAA XC – UNM, Oregon, Colorado, Boise State, or Arkansas?

Baxter and Day dictated the race last yearLRC Men’s Team Preview: Can Anyone Dethrone Northern Arizona As The Lumberjacks Chase A Three-Peat? In the last 36 years, only one men’s program has three-peated at NCAAs – Arkansas. #1 NAU is undefeated since 2015 and hoping to join them. Can they do it or will they suffer an epic collapse like the great Henry Rono did the last time NCAAs were held in Madison in 1978 or like the 2004 Wisco team or Jenny Simpson in 2009?
*MB: Will NAU 3-peat or will they suffer an epic collapse like Henry Rono in 1978? Or The Wisco Dream Team in 04? Or Simpson 09?

Take A Trip Down Memory Lane: LRC Complete NCAA Cross-Country Coverage Including Amazing Photo Galleries Since 2000

Haile G Resigns

British News


Women’s Distance News

NCAA XC Is Saturday *Start Times (11:45 AM ET, 12:45 PM ET) *Results & Streaming

Live Now – LRC Pre-Race Audio Show At 10:00 AM Local/11:00 AM ET We’ll give out our final thoughts and make our official predictions.

MB: Official 2018 NCAA XC Discussion Thread

rw-hires-horizontal-dark-on-whiteLRC $200,018 Running Warehouse NCAA D1 Cross-Country Prediction Contest Tell us who will win NCAAs and win some cool Running Warehouse prizes. If you entered before noon Eastern on Wednesday, we likely have your individual picks wrong. Click here to check.

LRC Women’s Predictions: LRC LetsRun Fans Expect Weini Kelati And UNM To Win NCAA Titles On Saturday We’ve compiled the early votes from our prediction contest.

LRC Men’s Predictions: LRC The LetsRun Nation Votes: NAU Is HEAVILY Favored Over BYU, Fans Are Split Between McDonald And Fisher Fans are picking NAU at a more than 20-1 clip over BYU.

IMG_4110LRC Final Pre 2018 NCAA XC News: Mike Smith Believes The ’18 NAU Team Would Beat The ’16 & ’17 NCAA Champs, Allie O Wants To Race 10K At NCAA XC, & More On The Eve Of 2018 NCAA XC We give you the inside scoop on 2018 NCAA XC from after today’s press event in Madison. How will 2-4 inches of snow impact the race?

Grant Fisher at NCAAs Last year

LRC Men’s Individual Preview: Grant Fisher & Morgan McDonald Look To End Droughts; Can They Hold Off The NAU Duo Of Baxter And Day? An American hasn’t won the individual title in 10 years. Similarly, a runner hasn’t won on his home course in 26. That could change on Saturday. *MB: Who is going to win the men’s individual title at NCAA XC – Fisher, McDonald, Baxter, Day, Kurgat or Sugira?

17-11-18 NCAA Cross Country 1668LRC Women’s Individual Preview: Weini Kelati & Alicia Monson Look To Derail Ednah Kurgat’s Repeat Bid Ednah Kurgat won NCAAs last year in a record time and she’s in better shape this year but we don’t think she’ll be the winner as her teammate Weini Kelati is in even better shape. Fascinating tidbit – we learned that Kurgat and Kelati (or any of the top UNM women) do not work out together.
*MB Ednah Kurgat won NCAAs last year in a championship record time ans is in better shape this year…..Here’s why she won’t win.

USATF Marathon Champs At California International Marathon

December 2: CIM Set To Host USATF Marathon Championships For The Second Year The men’s race is led by 7 sub-2:14 men including Nick Arciniaga (2:11:30), Matt Llano (2:12:28) and Daniel Tapia (2:12:28). The women’s race has former Olympian Janet Bawcom (2:29:45) and Stephanie Bruce (2:29:35).

European News

Sunday Results

The Half Marathon WR Holder Shares His Training With LRC

Abraham-Kiptum-valenciaLRC Q&A: Half Marathon WR Holder Abraham Kiptum Reveals His Workouts Before Running 58:18 The new half marathon record holder shares his workouts exclusively with the nation.

Week That Was

niiyaLRC Kellyn Taylor PRs, Ruth Chepngetich Makes History, Edward Cheserek Is Back, An Impressive Run In Japan, And Will Someone Die In Tokyo 2020? We span the globe and look back at a week where a 2:18 was run in Istanbul.

WADA / Doping News

NCAA XC Regionals Are This Weekend *All Results

50 Years Ago – Bob Beamon Shocked The World

beamon-getty-only-use-twitterLRC Feature A Leap For The Ages: Bob Beamon’s 29-Foot Long Jump Turns 50 A half century later, there’s still only one way to describe the men’s long jump at the 1968 Olympics: Beamonesque. We take an in-depth look at one of the greatest singular accomplishments in sports history. Beamon improved the WR by 6.59% – that’s the equivalent of someone in 2018 lowering the marathon WR to 1:53:28 or the 100-meter record to 8.95.
*MB: 50 years ago, Bob Beamon made history. Where does his performance rank on list of greatest singular sports performances? 

Use FP only. From Why Is The Long Jump World Record So Hard To Break? Mike Powell‘s WR has stood for 27 years and the #2 mark from Bob Beamon celebrates its 50th anniversary today. What explains their longevity? Are the best athletes in the NFL? Are the runways too soft? Is there a mental block?