Voting Now Open – 64 Races … 16 Remain … 1 Champion

LRC What Was The Race Of The Decade? Vote Now In The Sweet 16 The second round of December Madness – LetsRun.com’s 64-race battle for Race Of The Decade – is in the books and all of the matchups in the Sweet 16 are incredible. Which was a better race, Centro’s shock Olympic gold or Rudisha’s WR and Olympic goldCoburn and Frerichs going 1-2 or Evan Jager going down and running 8:00Wanjiru’s 2010 Chicago win or Kipchoge’s 2018 Berlin WR? Or the Olympic men’s 400 or women’s 400 from the Rio Olympics?

Distance News

Will World Athletics Act?

Updated NY Times Study Shows Next Vaporflys Are Even Better Than They Thought An analysis of more than 1 million results on Strava show that “in a race between two marathoners of the same ability, a runner wearing these shoes would have a significant advantage [2=3%] over a competitor not wearing them.”
*MB: NYT: Vaporfly gives “bigger advantage than we thought”

The Irish Times’ “Global Sports Star Of 2019”: Vaporfly Nike’s new shoes are the real athlete of the year for 2019.

Links That We Found Interesting

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

College News

LRC In Case You Haven’t Noticed, Texas A&M’s 2020 Recruiting Class Is Officially Insane Texas A&M has signed the Japanese national champ in Allon Tatsunami Clay (1:46.59 PR) and American Brandon Miller (800s age-group WRs at age 13 and 14) but the headliner has to be Athing Mu – the American record holder indoors at 600m.

Russian Doping News

Zatopek 10,000m *Results

Stewart McSweyn Runs 27:23.80 To Break Australian 10,000m Record At Zatopek 10,000m Former NCAA XC champ Patrick Tiernan was runner-up with 27:31.20. Genevieve Gregson (formerly LaCaze) won the women’s race in 32:47.83.
*World Athletics Recap

Important Doping News

Sprint News Of Note 

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

An All-Time Great Has Died

RIP: Running Legend, Three-Time Olympic Champion And Former World Record Holder Peter Snell Has Died At 80 Years Old Snell is the only man to win the 800m and 1,500m at the same Olympics in the last 99 years. In total, he had three Olympic golds and set world records at at 800 (1:44.3 on a grass track), 1k (2:16.6) and mile (3:54.1).
*MB: Peter Snell Has Died

Sunday Road Action

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.

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