Quote Of The Day

– Double amputee Blake Leeper, who ran 44.42 this summer, talking to Ben Bloom about why he’s fighting to get into the 2020 Olympics. Sorry, Blake, your artificial legs are an unfair advantage and even the Paralympics have banned you as you’re over their allowable height limit.

LetsRun.com’s 2018 World And US Rankings

LRC W Steeple: Beatrice Chepkoech (World #1) & Emma Coburn (US #1) Lead The Way Beatrice Chepkoech put up the greatest season in the history of the women’s steeplechase while Emma Coburn held on to her #1 US ranking despite losing her American record to Courtney Frerichs.

LRC MSteeple: Conseslus Kipruto Finishes As World #1 For 3rd Straight Year; Evan Jager US #1 Once Again While handing out our steeple rankings, we take a detour and give out some free advice to Evan Jager.

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Athletics Weekly’s Top 3 World Rankings for 2018: *Women *Men
Athletics Weekly‘s Top 3 British Rankings for 2018: *Women *Men
TFN’s World #1s for 2018: *Women *Men

More Links That Passed Our Stringent Vetting Process As The Year Winds Down

Will WADA Give Them A Second, Third Yet Another Chance?

Russian Sports Minister Says Moscow Lab Is Ready For Another Visit From WADA We hope they’re paying the airfare for a new WADA team after they sent away the first one before Christmas.

End Of 2018 Stuff

We’re Shocked. Are You Shocked? Who Could Have Ever Predicted This?

Russia On The Verge Of Being Suspended Again After WADA Team Was Denied Access To The Moscow Anti-Doping Lab Access to the Moscow laboratory data and samples before the end of 2018 was a condition of Russia’s reinstatement. But they were denied access because “the team’s equipment to be used for the data extraction was required to be certified under Russian law.” WADA said Russia did not mention this issue before the visit. *Reuters Article

Week That Was

LRC King Ches Wins With A Lean, How Good Was Abu Dhabi? Bye Bye To One Of Ed Whitlock’s Records And Janet Bawcom Is Prolific On The Roads Week That Was is here and December means it’s got some surprisingly good road action from the mile to the marathon.

New LRC Big Chat Podcast Highlights

LRC  The Big Chat With Floyd Landis, Part 1: Is There Any Hope For Anti-Doping? Floyd Talks Doping Then, Now And What Can Be Done We sat down for an hour forty with Floyd Landis, one of the most notorious dopers in American sport, and the man who helped bring out the truth about Lance Armstrong. We’ve got the highlights, plus full audio and a transcript of our chat. Landis thinks it would be pretty easy to dope today and not confident in the anti-doping authorities and says he was busted for a drug he didn’t take at the 2006 Tour de France. If you just want full audio/transcript, click here.

Links That Caught Our Eye On A Slow News Week

Non-Distance Stuff

Japanese News

Assorted Distance News

Congratulations Allyson Felix – Wishing Mom And Baby A Speedy Recovery

Recommended Read: After An Emergency C-Section 8 Weeks Before Her Due Date, Allyson Felix Is A Mom A routine checkup appointment turned into an emergency C-section to save both Felix and her daughter Camryn. Her daughter, born 3 pounds, 7 ounces, is still in the NICU, but doing well.
*MB: Allyson Felix is a Mom

The Adults Always Seem To Screw It Up

LRC Bureaucrats Strike Again: 1st-Ever Maryland Meet Of Champions Meet Cancelled Just Weeks Before It Was To Be Held Former Olympic Trials 5th placer Chris Graff was tired of the fact that top runners in Maryland never got the chance to race each other in state so he decided to create a Maryland Meet of Champions. He got Under Armour to sponsor it and everything was set until the state association said anyone competing would be ineligible as they’d be violating the rules regarding “all-star” events.


Rest In Peace

USA Distance Q&As

The Best Of 2018

Floyd Landis Big Talk Part II

LRC Floyd Landis On Life After Cycling, Runners Vs. Cyclists, CBD Products, Running A Business, And Donald Trump Landis shares some of the secrets he’s learned from his crazy life in part 2 of our recap of our talk with him. From a Mennonite upbringing, to crossing the line at the Tour first, to a doping suspension, denial, depression, and now fatherhood and a successful new business, Floyd has seen a lot.

Miss Part I? Part 1: Is There Any Hope For Anti-Doping? Floyd Talks Doping Then, Now And What Can Be Done Landis is one of the most notorious dopers in American sport, and the man who helped bring out the truth about Lance Armstrong. He’s got a lot of interesting things to say.