World Record!! 2020 RAK Half *Results

LRC Ethiopia’s Ababel Yeshaneh Upsets Brigid Kosgei and Smashes Half Marathon World Record at 2020 RAK Half Marathon Yeshaneh, who lost to Kosgei by. Nearly 7 minutes in Chicago, took 20 seconds off the old word record and won in 64:31 as Kosgei also broke the old WR. In the men’s race, Kibiwott Kandie, got the win in 58:58 after beating Geoffrey Kamworor last week in Kenya in controversial fashion.
*MB: 2020 RAK Half Discussion Thread
*MB: Kosgei breaks Half Marathon World Record and Loses race!

The Trials Are February 29th

Breaking: LRC Defending Champion Amy Cragg Withdraws From 2020 US Olympic Marathon Trials A source close to Cragg said her withdrawal is the result of adrenal fatigue as a result of the Epstein-Barr virus.
*MB Amy Cragg – 2:21:42 marathoner – pulls out of Trials with illness

LRC Olympic Marathon Trials Question Of Day: Which Man Has The Best Shot To Make The Team (Other Than Galen Rupp)? Fauble. Ward. Korir. Who’s the odd man out in Atlanta?

LRC Podcast: Jim Walmsley Ready For His Marathon Debut At Trials Walmsley talks for nearly 1 hour about his marathon debut, being in 2:10 shape, shoes, and more. Sponsored by HOKA ONE ONE.

The HOKA Pros Take On The Marathon Trials (Sponsored By HOKA ONE ONE)

LRC HOKA Trials Athlete Of The Day: Scott Smith: Can He Get Top 3 Like His Dog At The Dog World Championships?  We now turn our attention to the full-time pros trying to make the Olympic team in Atlanta and start with Scott Smith.

Non-Distance News

More USAs

HOKA ONE ONE Takes On The Marathon Trials (Sponsored By HOKA ONE ONE)

LRC HOKA Trials Athlete Of The Day #9: Tyler Andrews – From Not Breaking 18 Minutes In High School To Training With Kenyans In Ecuador To Winning US 50 Mile Championship  Andrews has a true where your dreams become reality story as he didn’t break 18 minutes for 5k in high school. Plus he’s got a film crew now following his story.

LRC In “2:10 shape” & With Secret “Trials Dagger” Shoes, Ultra Star Jim Walmsley Is Ready To Take On The 2020 US Olympic Marathon Trials “I’d like to think I’m around 2:10 shape right now. … I feel like I’ve legitimately put in the training and the work to contend up front. I feel pretty confident with that,” said Walmsley.
*HOKA Trials Athlete Of The Day #8 Jim Walmsley Walmsley gives some advice and also wants advice for his marathon debut.

More Non-USA Action: The Pros Don’t Care About USA Champs *All NCAA Results

HOKA ONE ONE Takes On The Marathon Trials (Sponsored By HOKA ONE ONE)

LRC HOKA Trials Runner Of The Day #7: Brandon Johnson: From Famous Steeple Fall To The Marathon Trials This HOKA field rep recruited by Pete Julian in college first made national news by face planting in a steeple pit, but has been climbing up the distance ranks since.

LetsSprint.com

Jim Walmsley Breaks Out PR-Wise And Gets 3 National Profiles All On The Same Day

NY Times Sunday Magazine: Can The King Of Ultrarunning Conquer A Race As Short As The Marathon? “A lot of people train to have their best day ever,” said Walmsley. “In ultra­running, you learn to train for your worst. I’m looking to get to the most painful spot I can.”
*MB: Jim Walmsley gets big feature in New York Times Magazine
*MB: Why Walmsley is popular. Get over it. 

Week That Was

LRC WTW: USA Indoors By The Numbers, Cheptegei Is Sublime, Kamworor’s Mysterious Loss, Praise For Nia Akins And Shoes Jam-packed action on the roads, the turf, and the indoor oval.

March / April Road Race News

The Jemma Reekie Show

More Weekend News Of Note

More International Weekend Results

Day 1 At USAs

LRC Day 1 Recap: Shelby Houlihan, Paul Chelimo Earn Dominant 3K Wins Thanks To Big Last Laps The best distance runners in the US the last three years, Shelby Houlihan and Paul Chelimo were on display. Houlihan led the BTC women to 1-2-3 finish (and 5 of the top 6), and Chelimo led the Scott Simmons group to a 1-2-3 finish as well. Christian Coleman (6.48) looks like he can break the WR in the 60 and the TJ record fell twice (Keturah Orji (14.60m), Tori Franklin (14.64m)).

LRC 800 Prelims: Ajee’ Wilson And Bryce Hoppel Cruise As Athing Mu Struggles; Raevyn Rogers Is A DNS The biggest surprise may have been Kaela Edwards as the former NCAA mile champ showed the form she flashed in 2018 when she broke 2:00.

Not Every US Distance Star Ran USAs
MB: Jenny Simpson runs 14:58 5k She wanted to bang out an Olympic qualifier in the 5000 in case disaster strikes in the 1500.
MB: Bowerman Track Club men and Jerry Schumacher- Skip USAs to run on illegal track in Washington Lopez Lomong (7:45), Evan Jager (7:46), Sean McGorty (7:46).
MB: LRC Day 1 Thread

UKA Athletics Gets Some Bad Press

Learn About One Of America’s Iconic Clubs (Sponsored By HOKA ONE ONE)

rubioLRC Head Coach Joe Rubio Explains The HOKA ONE ONE Aggies To The World The Aggies are known for having a good time and running fast. Joe Rubio (founder of Running Warehouse and a 2 time OT qualifier himself) gives some insight about the Aggies, how they good hooked up with HOKA, and their athletes running the Olympic Trials.

HOKA ONE ONE Takes On The Marathon Trials (Sponsored)

LRC HOKA ONE ONE Trials Athlete Of The Day: Cancer Rearcher Liza Reichert HOKA ONE ONE Trials Athlete Of The Day #6 Who says you can’t be an Olympic Marathon Trails qualifier and have a very important job? Meet Liza Reichert.

#5 Hoka Trials Runner Of The Day: Texan And US Mountain Team Member David Fuentes Not only does he work a full-time job, he also has a cool side hustle.

Mid-Week Action: Duplantis Just Misses WR Again

Mondo Duplantis Falls Short Of His Third Consecutive WR As He Tops 6.07m And Narrowly Misses 6.19m In Lievin, France On the women’s side, Sandi Morris also attempted to equal the PV indoor world record (5.03m held by Jen Suhr), but also had a close miss and settled for a 4.83m win. In the 3,000m, Ethiopia’s Getnet Wale ran the fastest time indoors for 7 years with 7:32.80, beating out Selemon Barega‘s 7:33.19. 1,500m wins went to Samuel Tefera (3:35.54) and Gudaf Tsegay (4:00.60) as Collins Kipruto won the 800m in 1:46.34. Ronnie Baker won the men’s 60m in 6.44 while Gambia’s Gina Bass got an upset win over Murielle Ahoure in the women’s race with 7.11.
*France’s Pascal Martinot-Lagarde Runs European-Leading 7.47 To Win 60H In Lievin

HOKA ONE ONE Takes On The Marathon Trials (Sponsored By HOKA ONE ONE)

LRC From Being An Overweight High Schooler To The Marathon Trials – Rajpaul Pannu – HOKA Trials Athlete Of The Day #10 Raj started running to lose weight in high school. Now he’ll be toeing the line at the 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials in Atlanta. Get inspired by his story.

2020 USA Indoors *Results

LRC Shelby Houlihan & Josh Thompson Complete Bowerman TC Sweep Of 1,500s At 2020 USATF Indoors Houlihan used a sub-30 final lap to win her 13th US title while Thompson held off defending champ Craig Engels and unheralded (and unsponsored) Nick Harris to earn his first US title.

LRC Ajee’ Wilson And Bryce Hoppel Comfortably Win 2020 USATF Indoor 800-Meter Titles (As Expected) The 800s went very much according to form as Wilson and Hoppel earned wins as expected.

Tokyo Marathon Cancelled

Tokyo Marathon Cancels Mass Participation Race Over Coronavirus; Only Elites Will Run Runners will be allowed to defer their entry until next year, but would have to pay again and would not get their money back from this year’s race. IOC officials have insisted there are no concerns over cancelling the Tokyo 2020 Games.
*MB: Tokyo Marathon CANCELLED!

Glasgow Indoor GP: Duplantis Breaks The WR Again

World Athletics Recap: Mondo Duplantis Breaks PV WR Again With 6.18m In Glasgow Duplantis picked up a $30,000 bonus for breaking his own record from a week ago, sailing over it on his first attempt. Distance winners winners included Adam Kszczot (1:46.34) in the 800m (just .18 ahead of Kenya’s Cornelius Tuwei) and Bethwell Birgen in the 1,500m (3:36.22).
*MB: MONDO Duplantis does it AGAIN – 6.18 new WR!!!

Transgender Controversies


Caster Semenya Returning To The Track In South African Event Alongside High Schoolers The event, which includes a few SA Olympians, is aimed at encouraging high schoolers to take up sport. Semenya will run in the 300m in her first race since losing her CAS appeal last year.

Will Coronavirus Be An Issue At Tokyo 2020?