World Athletics New Shoe Rule – Alphaflys are Banned, Vaporflys Stay

LRC Olympian and Key Vaporfly Researcher Shalaya Kipp Talks to LRC About World Athletics’ New Shoe Regulations Kipp, who worked on the study that gave the Vaporflys their 4% name, is pleased by the new regulations as she thinks within a year or two athletes will have a level playing field. In the meantime, she says some brands need to let their athletes run in the Nike Vaporfly “or they are going to be at a disadvantage.” She also talks about what it was like to realize in 2016 that Nike had a shoe that was so much better than anyone else that she and her fellow researchers nicknamed it “The Magic.” And how she believes the shoes cost Kara Goucher an Olympic spot. Now this is an Emergency podcast. Listen here.

LRC World Athletics Announces New Shoe Rules; Nike Alphaflys Are Banned But Vaporflys and Next% Are Ok To protect the integrity of competition, World Athletics issued new shoe rules today and the shoes Eliud Kipchoge wore to break a 2-hour marathon have been banned. Effectively immediately, the stack height is limited to 40mm, and as of April 30, 2020, all prototypes will be banned from elite competition. What does it all mean? We break it down for you.
*MB: World Athletics New Shoe Rules Are Out 

Rojo Speaks By Wearing Vaporfly Prototypes, Eliud Kipchoge, Galen Rupp, & Shalane Flanagan Are All Guilty of Mechanical Doping in 2016 – Will Anything Be Done About It? What happened in the 2016 Olympic marathons where several athletes including Eliud Kipchoge and American stars Galen Rupp and Shalane Flanagan were given secret shoes, made to look like other shoes on the market, that scientists believe produce 2% gains in performance was “mechanical doping.” Will World Athletics acknowledge this fact and potentially invalidate the 2016 Rio Olympic men’s marathon results?
*MB: Kipchoge, Rupp, & Flanagan Are All Guilty of Mechanical Doping in 2016 – Will Anything Be Done About It?

Will Russia Ever Learn?

Nike Is Done Investigating Itself

Nike’s Investigation Of The Oregon Project’s Treatment Of Women Is Complete The report will not be released to the public but Erin Strout reports Nike will be increasing its number of female coaches, investing into scientific research on the impact that elite training has on girls/women, hiring a VP to have “strategic oversight” of Nike’s female athletes and more.
*MB: Nike’s NOP investigation is complete – Cain declined to participate but calls them “weak and cowardly”

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.

This Week’s Podcast

LRC Pro Track is Back: Brazier and Hoppel Impress, Mary Cain vs Katelyn Tuohy + Rojo’s Rants Get your weekly fix on the running world.
Been gone the last few weeks? 2 of our most famous podcast listeners were guests the 2 previous weeks:
*Boston Marathon champ and American legend Des Linden talked Trials, ultras and more And explains her $50 tip to LetsRun.com
*Foot Locker High School National Champ Josh Methner

Why Name The Team Before the Spring Marathon Season?

MB Athletics Kenya Names Eliud Kipchoge, Lawrence Cherono, Amos Kipruto, Brigid Kosgei, Ruth Chepngetich and Vivian Cheruiyot to its Olympic Marathon Team Yet again a federation making a dumb decision. We see no benefit to naming the team now if you aren’t going to forbid the runners from running a spring marathon. Cheruiyot will be on her 5th Olympic team – a record for Kenya. Pretty impressive since she started in 2000 and missed out on 2004.

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World Athletics Shoe Announcement Coming Friday?

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