March April Madness (Get Your Elite 8 Votes In By Midnight ET)

Upset Alert LRC Who Had The Better Career, Joan Benoit Samuelson or Jenny Simpson? Jenny Simpson is on the verge of knocking off Joan Benoit Samuelson in our American distance GOAT voting. Rojo tells you LetsRun nation is making a mistake.
*MB: Has LetsRun nation lost its mind? Jenny Simpson is currently beating Joan Benoit in the voting for Greatest American Ever.

LRC American Distance GOAT Sweet 16 Recap: Ryun Defeats Centro, Rupp Takes Down Meb, & More Our quest to anoint the great American Distance runner of all-time is down to the Elite 8. Who had the better career: Frank Shorter or Galen Rupp, Bernard Lagat or Jim Ryun, Deena Kastor or Shalane Flanagan, and Joan Benoit Samuelson or Jenny Simpson.

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*Vote In The Men’s Semifinals! Who had the better career: Frank Shorter or Galen Rupp, Bernard Lagat or Jim Ryun?
*Vote In The Women’s Semifinals Who had the better career: Deena Kastor or Shalane Flanagan, Joan Benoit Samuelson or Jenny Simpson?

This Week’s Big Talk

LRC Meet Madeline Manning Mims – The Greatest American 800m Runner Ever?  If you missed this week’s podcast we made our talk with Manning Mims its own podcast and have a few highlights of our talk. Manning Mims ran her first 800 by accident, and broke the then world record as a high schooler. 2 years later she was the Olympic champ. 14 years later she was still winning the Olympic Trials.

Will The ACC Have Another XC Power Soon?

MB: Duke’s Norm Ogilvie retires after 30 years at Duke Ogilvie’s depature from Colorado to Duke enabled Mark Wetmore to take over. What will his departure at Duke result in? Will Duke now rise up to give the ACC another crazy XC program? They’ve already got Florida St., Notre Dame, Syracuse, UNC and UVA.

International Distance News

LetsJump.com

NCAA News

European News

LRC Had Two Podcasts Last Week *All Here

#2 Guest Dr. Michael Joyner Talks COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Project + Backyard Ultra Controversial Finish + Olympic Qualifying Cancelled + Eugene 2022 + American GOAT  Joyner, the guy who predicted the sub-2 hour marathon, is now working on treatments for COVID-19.

#1 The Mike Wardian Podcast At age 45, has Wardian found his unbeatable event – the Backyard Ultra? Rojo seems to think so as Wardian hardly ever needs to sleep. After running 262+ miles over 63 hours without any sleep, Wardian proceeded to go to work. As of 5 pm Wednesday, he’d slept a total of 4:45 since Saturday morning.
*MB: Meet Mike Wardian – The World’s #1 Runner – Is He The “Eliud Kipchoge” Of Backyard Ultras?

Mike Smith Lifts The Veil On Galen Rupp’s Training

LRC Mike Smith Q&A Part II: On Choosing To Coach Galen Rupp, “Defending The Process,” & Rupp’s Human Side Smith said that he was careful not to let preconceived notions cloud his judgment when deciding whether to work with Rupp. “The second we abandon our critical thinking or our process with this stuff … I worry about that.”
*MB: Mike Smith Part II: Smith explains why he agreed to work with Galen Rupp

LRC Mike Smith Q&A, Part I: On Galen Rupp’s Commitment, Restructuring His Training & That 24 X 400 Workout 
*MB: Mike Smith lifts the veil on Galen Rupp’s training and talks about what makes him great

USATF Lays Off 11% Of Its National Office

MB USATF lays off 11% of its workforce (7/65). Max Siegel’s salary reduced from 1.1 million to 900k Sports Business Daily broke the news. Siegel’s salary is being reduced by 20%. Does anyone know if Nike is paying its full sponsorship this year?

More Administrative News

The Latest Covid-19 Related News

 

Jump Into The LetsRun.com Time Machine

LRC I Was Bored, So I Went Back And Watched Ritz, Webb, & Hall Battle At The 2000 Foot Locker Cross-Country Championships Jonathan Gault revisits one of the most-hyped races in the history of US high school cross-country, in which the top three finishers all eventually became American record holders. Plus X-ray graphics, Discmen, hanging chads, and why Sara Hall‘s win in the girls’ race was way better than you remember.
*MB Discussion

Last Week: LRC I Was Bored, So I Went Back And Watched The 1998 NCAA Cross-Country Championships

US Distance News

Dirty Side Of Sport

Usain Bolt Takes On Coronavirus

More Sport Rescheduling And Cancellations

A Must Read If You Care About Doping Or Justice

LRC The Amazing Story Of How Jarrion Lawson Cleared His Name: He Showed That The Head Of A WADA Lab Provided False Testimony Against Him Jarrion Lawson is free to compete once again after his legal team was able to show that Christiane Ayotte, the head of the WADA-accredited doping control lab at the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique in Laval, Quebec, lied while testifying during his case.
*MB: The amazing story of how Jarrion Lawson cleared himself: He showed the head of a WADA lab provided false testimony against him.

Free Book Chapters – Purchase Your Autographed Book From Craig Virgin Now

LRC “Virgin Territory” Chapter 17: Front Runner Inc: When Pro Runners Had To Pretend They Weren’t Pro Hard to believe guys in their 60s now had to pretend they weren’t pro runners.

LRC “Virgin Territory” Book Excerpt, Chapter 1: Playing It Risky – Craig Virgin’s 1980 World Cross-Country Win Read about Craig’s win at World XC. Coming tomorrow chapter 17 from the book.

News From The UK

Saturday’s Covid-19 Related Running News

Sprint Stuff

Multi-Event News

High School Corner

Runners Doing Good

LRC Running Helped Prepare Dr. Michael Joyner (The Guy Who Predicted The Sub-2:00 Marathon) To Help Lead The COVID-19 Fight Dr. Michael Joyner is on the leadership team of the National COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Project.

Update On LRC Coronavirus Patient’s Condition

LRC Update: LetsRun.com Visitor With COVID-19 Continues To Recover Good news as “justthefacts” condition continued to improve over the weekend and his fever is gone.

LRC What’s It Like For A Runner To Have COVID-19? A Long-Time LetsRun.com Visitor Shares His Story Of Being Infected With The Coronavirus A long-term visitor to LetsRun.com wants to share his story of what it is like to have the coronavirus. He also wants a LetsRun.com singlet when he gets better.
Discussion: I tested Positive for COVID here is my story