Quote Of The Day

– David Melly, writing on Citiusmag.com after blowing up over the final 4 miles of the Cal International Marathon and failing to qualify for the 2020 US Olympic Marathon Trials after running 2:21:59.

Voting Now Open – 64 Races … 1 Champion

LRC What Was THE RACE OF THE DECADE? We’ve seeded the best races of the last decade and broken them down to 4 regions and the NCAA tournament style voting is now open. Click above for an overview or on the regions below to start voting. Video of many of the top races.
*Rudisha Region, Round Of 64
*Kipchoge Region, Round Of 64
*Lagat Region, Round Of 64
*Bolt Region, Round Of 64

Our Weekly Recap

WTW: Katelyn Tuohy Three-Peats, Pacemaker Wins Abu Dhabi, Olympic Marathon Trials Qualifiers Galore Katelyn Tuohy won her 3rd straight NXN title. What does that mean for her future success? Plus a pacemaker won $100,000 in Abu Dhabi and there were a TON of Olympic Trials qualifiers at CIM.

Vaporfly / Russian Doping / Administrative News

Tokyo 2020 Marathon News

Upcoming Indoor Action

Lananna Wins Grievance

Times of San Diego: CAS Restores Vin Lananna As USATF President, Board Chairman Lananna’s “temporary” removal as USATF President and Board Chairman lasted nearly 2 years but CAS put an end to the shenanigans.
*MB: Vin Lananna wins his grievance against USATF, CAS rules for him to be reinstated as President and Chair of Board immediately

Our Weekly Recap

WTW: Valencia Amazes, Tsegaye Kebede Continues To Outrun America And Molly Huddle Gets Nervous The Trinidad Alfonso Valencia Marathon amazed last week and we break it down for you. Plus Molly Huddle tweets about the Vaporflys, a sneak peak at Saucony’s new $210 shoe, an update on Steve Spence‘s quest to break 5:00 in the mile for the 44th straight year, an introduction to one of the craziest doping stories ever and is USATF or UK Athletics more dysfunctional?

NCAA XC Banquet Photos *Full Gallery Here

Seb Coe Talks And We Listen

LRC Sebastian Coe Shares His Vision For The Future, Explains Diamond League Cuts, & Says Track & Field Has “A Lot Of Work To Do” In The US Last month, Seb Coe spent 45 minutes discussing the Diamond League and his vision for the sport with LetsRun.com. Find out what he said here.
*TFN’s Garry Hill: Thoughts On The Diamond League Contraction Hill is for change but thinks if 4 events are going to be cut they should rotate the events.

Distance News

Doping News: WADA Drops The Ban Hammer On Russia

Russia Gets Four Year Ban – Will Miss 2020 Olympics And 2022 World Cup The ban has been handed down by WADA and RUSADA still has 21 days to appeal. And as it was previously, Russian athletes who can prove they are clean can compete as neutral athletes.

Euro XC Champs *Results *Race Replays

Other Distance Stuff

International Distance News

Mo Farah Isn’t The Only One Moving From The Marathon To The Track For 2020

Gwen Jorgensen Switches Her Focus From The Marathon To The Track For The 2020 Olympic Trials After a setback requiring heel surgery earlier this year, Jorgensen has decided to try to make the Olympic team in the 10,000m and possibly the 5,000m. She says she hasn’t given up on her marathon goals, but has put them on hold for the Paris Olympic cycle.
*MB: Jorgensen announces move to track for 2020
*LRC Archive: A Year And A Half Ago, The LRC Staff Discussed If Jorgensen Should Move To The Track Over The Roads

Better Running Shoes

LRC The 10 Most Popular Running Shoes On LetsRun.com Before we do our final call of shoe reviews in 2019, we decided to take a look at what shoes are the most popluar on LetsRun. Four shoe lines dominant, the Nike Pegasus, the Brooks Ghost, the HOKA Clifton and the Saucony Kinvara. These four might be a great place to start when looking for a new pair of shoes.

US News Mainly From Oregon

Weekend Road Action

Indoor Season Kicks Off At BU *Results

MB: Arkansas’ Taylor Werner Runs 15:11.19 To Win BU 5,000m Werner (4th place at NCAA XC champs) ran the 8th-fastest time in US indoor history. She was also faster than Emily Sisson‘s 15:12.22 indoor collegiate record, but her time won’t count as a record since she was racing unattached. Behind her, Arkansas’s Katie Izzo (15:13.09) and New Mexico’s Weini Kelati (15:14.71) put themselves second and third on the NCAA all-time list.
*Arkansas Recap

UK Admin / Funding News

A Look Back At The 2019 NCAA XC Meet And The Last 10 NCAA XC Meets

LRC The LetsRun.com Decade Awards: Which NCAA Cross-Country Programs & Athletes Were The Best Of The 2010s? We hand out awards, including Runner of the Decade, Upset of the Decade, & Program of the Decade. Plus, what were the best single-season teams of the last 10 years? *Discuss

LRC WTW: Was BYU’s Win Really An Upset? How Would An All-Star High School Team Do At NCAAs? A full look back at the 2019 NCAA cross-country champs.