Backyard Pole Vault

Lavillenie And Duplantis Tie With 36 Clearances Of 5.0m In 30 Minutes In World Athletics Backyard Challenge Sam Kendricks was a distant third with 26. “I was really missing the feeling I get competing. It’s crazy but even doing this in my garden, I get the same feeling I’d get at a major championships,” said Lavillenie, who came up with the idea for the competition. *Discuss *Full Video

Speaking Of World Atheltics, They Didn’t Ban The Vaporflys 
Interesting Read In 1993, With The Introduction Of “Active Suspension,” Formula 1 Had The Equivalent Of A Vaporfly Moment, In 1994 They Banned The Technology Worried about the rising cost (and safety) of the new technology that had made a mockery of the results, F1 banned the revolutionary new technology. World Athletics did not take the same approach.

News From Kenya

10 Years Ago, Chris Solinsky Ran 26:59.60 To SHOCK THE WORLD

LRC 26:59! How Chris Solinsky Transformed A “Glorified Tempo” Into An All-Time Upset And Performance 10 years ago today, Chris Solinsky shocked the world by running 26:59 in his 10,000-meter debut. Get the inside story from Jonathan Gault and learn how the date of Solinsky’s wedding played a key role in his preparations and why his victory led to a decade-long feud between coaches Alberto Salazar and Jerry Schumacher.
*MB: Chris Solinsky’s 26:59 turns 10 years old today. Share your memories here.z
*MB:  Jonathan Gault’s new story makes Alberto Salazar look totally cringe
*MB: Does anyone have access to a recording of the live broadcast by Stanford of Chris Solinksy’s 26:59?

The Penn Relays And Usain Bolt Recall Him Rocking Philly 10 Years Ago As Well

NCAA News

News From The Commonwealth

Sprints / Hurdles News

Georgetown’s Grad Programs And Washington, DC Are Enticing For The Extra Year Of NCAA Eligibility Due To Covid-19

More NCAA News Top Jamaican Sprinter Kevona Davis (11.35/22.86) Signs With The University Of Texas Is it just a foregone conclusion that Edrick Floreal will win at least one NCAA title at Texas?

Catching Up With Eliud Kipchoge

Seb Coe Talks And We Listen

LRC Seb Coe Talks To LetsRun.com About Suspending Olympic Qualification, Whether To Eliminate The “Off Year,” & More We spoke with Coe on Friday and share four highlights. Coe defended World Athletics’ decision to pause Olympic qualifying, called on the US to stage more high-quality professional meets, and explained how Jim Ryun helped him earn his first Olympic gold.

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

Mid-D And Distance News

The Free Agency In College Track Continues

The Only Thing Immune To Covid-19 Appears To Be Depressing Anti-Doping News

LRC US Sprinters Gabby Thomas & Deajah Stevens, Kenyan 58:51 Half Marathoner Alex Korio Oloitiptip All Provisionally Suspended For Whereabouts Failures Thomas was the 2018 NCAA indoor 200 champ for Harvard, while Stevens was the 2017 US 200 champ and took 5th at the 2017 Worlds. Oloitiptip finished 11th in the 10,000 at the 2019 Worlds. Thomas is appealing and says she’s “confident” she’ll be “completely cleared” as she says phone data plus the testimony of multiple witnesses will show that the anti-doping officer didn’t knock on her door for the third test.
*MB: Should we just give up and find a new sport? Gabby Thomas – formerly of Harvard – receives doping ban for missing 3 tests

Please Don’t Let Them Show Up At The Olympics More Doping Charges Likely To Come For Russian Athletes As WADA Completes Its Investigation Of A Vast Backlog Of Evidence Of the 298 athletes investigated, WADA said it found signs of manipulation in files relating to 145 of them.

Shalane Flanagan Is A Mom

Shalane Flanagan And Her Husband Have Adopted A Newborn Baby! Welcome Jack Dean Edwards Shalane says the 6 lb., 8 oz. boy is the “greatest gift we have ever been givenI was not prepared for a love like this.💙”

Salazar Still Making News

UK Athletics Hands Over Full Report Of Its Handling Of Alberto Salazar Situation To UK Anti-Doping Some had thought some sort of cover-up was going on as previously UKAD had only seen an executive summary of the report. *MB

You Might As Well Learn Something While You Are Quarantined

Some Old People Are Dying, Some Going Strong

Track Admin News

Bored Because Of Covid-19? Read This Free Book Excerpt

LRC When Henry Rono Went From 15:40 To A 13:06 World Record In Two Months This excerpt from Richard Amery‘s new book, The Five and Ten Men, about the 10 men who have held the 5 and 10,000 WRs is a fascinating read.

LRC Book Review: “The Five And Ten Men” By Richard Amery Need to brush up on your distance running history? Richard Amery‘s book offers a comprehensive history of the sport from Paavo Nurmi to Kenenisa Bekele, told through the 10 men to hold both the 5,000- and 10,000-meter world records. *Purchase here.

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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

Can The 2020 Boston Marathon Be Saved?

Toni Reavis Proposes Two Ideas To Save The 2020 Boston Marathon  The Boston Marathon has never been cancelled but in 1918 they did run it as a relay. Might a medical relay be an option in 2020 since the Mayor has incorrectly stated that Boston is an “inclusive” marathon and criticized the idea of an elite-only race. *Discuss

2020 Peachtree Road Race Moves From July 4th To Thanksgiving

Random COVID-19 Related News

The World Is Desperate For Sports

Jim Ryun – The LRC American GOAT

LRC Jim Ryun Named LetsRun’s Greatest American Distance Runner Of All Time Ryun, who set multiple middle-distance world records in the 1960s, won Olympic silver, appeared on Sports Illustrated covers, and later served in the US House of Representatives, defeated women’s champion Deena Kastor handily in the final, 62.1% to 37.9%.
*In Light Of LRC Voting, Toni Reavis Says Jim Ryun Is America’s Greatest Mid-D Runner But Views Meb And Frank Shorter As America’s Greatest Distance Runners Toni, we think Galen Rupp has to be viewed higher than Meb and Rupp actually took out Meb in our contest by more than a 2-1 ratio (70% to 30%).

LetsVault.com

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.