Quote Of The Day

-Sports scientist Ross Tucker writing about World Athletics new shoe rules. In Tucker’s minds, even if other shoe companies catch up with Nike, the shoes are still a big problem as some athletes are super responders while others don’t respond at all to them.

MB: Incredible Read. Ross Tucker: The Vaporflys Need To Be Banned

MB: Wow: Did World Athletics new shoe rules combined with a Nikes patent just give Nike a 20-year unbeatable advantage?


Millrose and Camel City Are Saturday (2-3:30 ET for CC, 4-6 pm ET Millrose)

LRC 2020 Camel City Preview: Paul Chelimo, Craig Engels, Jenny Simpson, King Ches & More Head South The pro races at Camel City (2-3:30 p.m.) are right before Millrose, making it a great start to a track doubleheader as the star power up front at Camel City is comparable to Millrose. Here are 4 few things we’ll be watching for.

LRC Ranking the Top 10 Events at the 2020 NYRR Millrose Games From Allyson Felix and Grant Holloway in the sprints, to Joe Kovacs and Ryan Crouser in the throws, to Donavan BrazierFilip Ingebrigtsen, and new phenom Jemma Reekie in the middle distances, studs will be everywhere in NYC on Saturday.
*MB: Official 2020 NYRR Millrose Games Discussion Thread

LRC Katelyn Tuohy Explains Why She Chose NC State & Picks Her Favorite HS XC Race After Winning Record 5th Gatorade POTY Award We caught up with Tuohy after she won her 5th Gatorade Player of the Year award (three in XC, one in track, one as overall athlete of the year) — more than any other athlete in high school history.

Despite The New Rules, The Vaporfly Story Isn’t Going Away

Mid-Week Track News

MB: Stewart McSweyn and Jessica Hull Win 5000s, Secure Spots on Australian Olympic Teams at Melbourne Track Classic McSweyn crushed his last 2,k running 5:03.08 for a 13:38.77. You can watch a full replay of the meet here. Results are here. Find out why Morgan McDonald skipped the meet here.
*World Athletics Recap Hull says her debate now is whether to do the 5000m or 1500m in Tokyo.

LRC Erik Sowinski Pulls A “Symmonds,” Joins Brooks Beasts Sowinski wasn’t renewed by Nike after the 2019 season, but it didn’t take him long to land on his feet.

Tragic News – RIP

More Solid Results From The Weekend

Weekend Indoor Action *All Weekend NCAA Coverage

2020 UW Invitational: Evan Jager Is Back With 3:56 Mile Win; Shelby Houlihan Runs Impressive 4:23/2:01 Double Behind Houlihan, Karissa Schweizer ran a quick 4:24.32 for second while Sean McGorty came in behind Jager with 3:57.19. Besides Jager and Houlihan, the rest of BTC cleaned house as well with Colleen Quigley winning the 3,000m in 8:44.83 and Marc Scott taking the men’s race in 7:49.65.
*DyeStat Recap Houlihan: “I wasn’t expecting to run the times that I ran back to back. I’m pleasantly surprised with that.”

The World Reacts To The New Shoe Rules

LRC Olympian And Key Vaporfly Researcher Shalaya Kipp Talks To LRC About World Athletics’ New Shoe Regulations And The Shoe Nicknamed “The Magic” 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. Or listen to Kipp’s remarks as a podcast here.

LRC 5 Takeaways About World Atheltics New Shoe Rules Soon the back of the packers at major marathons will be running in technology superior to the winners.

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.

HOKA ONE ONE Takes on the Marathon Trials (Sponsored)

HOKA ONE ONE Trials Athlete Of The Day #3:

LRC Meet Addi Zerrenner The Trials Qualifier Who Taped a Picture of Shalane Flanagan on Her Wall in High School During her 1st week of HS track practice, Zerrener was told she “ran like Shalane Flanagan” and she’s been hooked ever since. After a college career that saw her finish top 10 at Pac 12 xc twice, she’s quickly moved up to the marathon.

Previous: #2: LRC Former US Marathon Champ Sergio Reyes Ready to Excel at Possibly His Final Trials at Age 38 The flight test safety engineer has been running since age 2-3. Now 38, the Hoka Aggie is still running up to 140 mpw as he’s getting ready for his 4th Olympic Trials.

Non-Distance News

Our Weekly Podcast

LRC Podcast: Evan Jager Is BACK, Millrose Preview + Who Are The Oregon T&F Greats? Get your weekly fix on the running world. This week we talk about who belongs on the Mt. Rushmore for Oregon T&F, Evan Jager‘s return, Jeema Reekie‘s 1:57, Vaporflys, Brett Robinson‘s sub-60 and get you ready for Millrose.

Pole Vault Record Nearly Goes Down In Dusseldorf *Results

Mondo Duplantis Clears 6.00m In Dusseldorf; Narrowly Misses 6.17m World Record Duplantis’ second attempt was “painfully close” to breaking Renaud Lavillenie‘s 6.16m WR as he just nudged the bar slightly with his knee on the way over and brushed it with his arm on the way down. Besides the PV, distance events highlighted the meet as Beatrice Chepkoech broke her own Kenyan national indoor 1,500m record with a 4:02.09 win over Axumawit Embaye (4:02.96). Filip Ingebrigtsen won the men’s race in 3:36.32 while Selemon Barega ran 7:35.71 to win a competitive 3,000m over Getnet Wale (7:36.03) and Bethwel Birgen (7:46.21). There was an upset in the men’s 800 where Germany’s Marc Reuther ran 1:46.13 to end Adam Kszczot‘s (1:46.42) seven straight Dusseldorf victory winning streak.
*MB: Pole Vault WR under threat in Dusseldorf?

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Previous Olympic Marathon Trials News (Sponsored By HOKA ONE ONE)

LRC HOKA NAZ Elite Coach Ben Rosario Talks 2020 Marathon Trials Expectations, Shoe Technology, Jim Walmsley, & Even Galen Rupp (sponsored) 4 years ago, Rosario coached two athletes to 4th place at the Trials and two more to 6th. What will happen in 2020? While talking about the 2020 Trials, Rosario, who will be coaching 3 of the top 11 seeds in both races in Atlanta, also talks about shoe technology, Jim WalmsleyGalen Rupp‘s new coach, Jordan HasayEmily SissonDes Linden and much more.

LRC HOKA ONE ONE Trials Athlete Of The Day: 2007 Foot Locker Champ Ashley Brasovan The former high school star is our first HOKA ONE ONE Trials Athlete of the Day.  She beat Jordan Hasay to win the crown and later was told by doctors she would never “run again, let alone compete, after being diagnosed with osteoporosis and having 4 femoral stress fractures.” Yet she’s become a professional trail runner and 2X Olympic Marathon trials qualifier.

LRC HOKA ONE ONE Is Ready To Take On The Marathon Trials We’re making February Marathon Month on LetsRun.com. HOKA ONE ONE has partnered with us to bring to life the stories of their 17 athletes competing at the Trials in Atlanta. From the dreamers, to the contenders, to the debutantes, to the mountain men and women, we’ll bring their stories to life and help you get pumped up for the Trials, plus get some training advice.

Sprint Stuff

More Indoor Action

Previous Shoe News

MB: Nike will release Alphaflys and they WILL be legal for Tokyo 2020 What’s not clear is whether the shoes Eliud Kipchoge wore in his sub-2 are now illegal or not as the WSJ claims Kipchoge’s Alphafly shoe is/was LEGAL, but the BBC says it was not.
*MB: WSJ Claims Kipchoge’s Alphafly shoe is/was LEGAL, BBC says it was not – LEGAL version will be out for Olympics

LRC Exclusives

Our Weekly Recap LRC World, Meet Jemma Reekie, Insanity On The Roads in Japan And Did The Vaporflys Cause Asics Stock Price To Drop? Relax, the winter hiatus for our weekly recap is over. We spend a lot of time talking about shoes and wonder, did the stock price of Asics really just plummet because of the Vaporflys?

Going To Millrose? Read This: LRC Welcome To Coogan’s, Where Everybody Knows The Runners’ Names When you need to wet your whistle after the Millrose Games, there’s only one place to go. Athlete, coach, fan – it doesn’t matter. Everyone ends up at Coogan’s – the #1 track and field bar in America.

Upcoming: What Kind Of Shape Is Galen Rupp In? We Find Out This Weekend


Road Action

Vaporfly Madness Continues MB Australian, Japanese, Canadian, Korean And Namibian Half NRs All Fall In Japan Australia’s Brett Robinson led the way at 59:57 as Japan’s Yusuke Ogura ran 60:00. In the women’s race, national records were set by Helalia Johannes (68:10, Namibia), Kyun Sun Cho (68:35, South Korea) and Andrea Seccafien (69:38, Canada).
*World Athletics Recap

European News