Saturday Night Distance Action

Emma Coburn Breaks Colorado Mile Record With 4:32 At The Team Boss Colorado Mile She broke the previous record of 4:36 held by Dani Jones. In the men’s race, the 4:01 state record didn’t go down as Morgan McDonald ran 4:02. *Discuss

Pre-race: Team Boss Going For Colorado State Mile Records On Saturday Night

LRC-Only Content

Guest Column The Case For Interval Starts As An Emergency Option For Fall 2020 XC Racing High school coach JD Downing – assistant at 2018 NXN girls’ champions Summit HS in Bend, OR – explains why interval starts, common in Nordic skiing, present a strong, (relatively) safe option for XC races this fall if the traditional start format is outlawed.
*MB: An Interesting Proposal To Save The Fall XC Season: Implement Interval Starts

LRC A Look Back At Duane Solomon’s Career As The 1:42 Man Has Hung Up His Spikes Solomon, a two-time US outdoor champ, was one of America’s best 800 runners of the 2010s. He ran 1:42.82 (#3 all-time US) in the 2012 Olympic final but missed a medal in the deepest 800 in history.

Throwback Thursday #12
LRC I Was Bored, So I Watched The Crazy 2004 Men’s Olympic Marathon You know about Meb‘s silver and the attack on leader Vanderlei de Lima, but do you remember Stefano Baldini‘s incredible 28:59 close in 80+ degree temps that featured a 14:12 5k from 35k to 40k or the Austrian guy in a fuel belt?

More Distance News

We’re Down To One US Major This Fall

2020 NYC Marathon Canceled Due To COVID-19 The NYRR considered an elite-only race, but was concerned crowds might still gather and was unsure of its ability to bring in international runners. Of the 2020 US major marathons, only Chicago (October 11) remains scheduled as planned. NYC had been scheduled for November 1.
*NYRR Press Release
*Discuss: MB: NYC Marathon Canceled

Nico Young Runs 13:50

MB: Nico Young Goes For Galen Rupp’s 13:37 US HS Record But Comes Up Short – Running 13:50 Young died big time over the last 1,600, which he ran in 4:33, but moves to #4 on the all-time US HS list. Galen Rupp was supposed to rabbit but pulled out with an injury. Someone thought it was a good idea to set the event up with pacers, timers, and a live camera crew but only announce it an hour before it started and to hold it in 79-degree weather instead of waiting a day for it to be 10 degrees cooler. *Race Replay Here

Seb Coe Conflict Of Interest Accusations

More General Coronavirus Stuff

Doping News

Happy Father’s Day

Recommended Read: ESPN: “Philadelphia Eagles Receiver (And Olympic LJer) Marquise Goodwin And Wife Morgan Persevere Through Pain For The Promise Of Family” Goodwin and his wife tell the emotional story of how after losing three children to pregnancy complications and premature births, they finally welcomed into the world a beautiful baby girl.

Geoffrey Kamworor Can’t Catch A Break

MB: Breaking: Geoffrey Kamworor has surgery after being hit from behind by motorcycle It’s been a tough week for the two-time NYC Marathon and World XC champ as NYC was cancelled just days ago. The injury has been described as an “incomplete tibia fracture” as well as “soft tissue injuries and loose bone fragments.”

Two More Diamond League Meets Taken Off The 2020 Calendar

The 2020 Pre Classic And Paris Diamond League Are Both Cancelled Paris had been rescheduled for September 6th and Pre for October 4th, but now both meets have been completely cancelled due to coronavirus restrictions.

Admin / Industry News

Catching Up With Bolt

Mass Running Events Coming Back!?

Hamburg Marathon Optimistic It Can Be Held With 10,000 Runners And Elites On September 13th in Germany Gives us hope that the Berlin Marathon may be held this year in a COVID-safe manner. Hamburg is planning on being held despite there being a ban on mass events in Germany through October 24th, because organizers came up are implementing a rigorous anti-COVID hygiene  plan.
*Discuss

Doping News

Looking Ahead

USATF Publishes False Info On Its Own Website

LRC USATF Corrects Their Own Error; Still Unclear If Marks This Summer Will Count For Olympic Trials Qualifying USATF says its statement that marks achieved this summer would not count for Olympic Trials qualification was not “finalized” so it’s possible marks will count. At least it’s not as bad as last year, when USATF was forced to re-pick its entire Pan American Games squad because it failed to follow its own selection policy.
*MB: USATF says statement it published on its website saying you couldn’t qualify for the Trials during Covid-19 wasn’t actually true.

Sprint Stuff

The Racing Must Go On And A World Champs Comes To LetsRun.com

LRC 2020 Virtual Beer Mile World Classic Coming To LetsRun.com July 4th – Get Your Entries In By This Saturday Anyone can enter. Get your submissions in by midnight June 27th to try and win $8,000 in prize/bonus money.

NCAA News: Another One Bites The Dust

UConn Cutting Men’s Cross-Country Program Due To Coronavirus Budget Problems They also cut women’s rowing, men’s tennis, swimming and diving (all sports will still compete in the 2020-21 year). Other sports, including track and field, had their scholarships reduced as well. *New Haven Register Article
*MB: Connecticut Cuts Men’s XC

Track Is Coming Back (In Europe)!

Mo Farah Returning To Track To Target One Hour Record September 4th In Brussels Haile Gebrselassie set the record 13 years ago with 21.285km.
*Ethiopia’s Half Marathon WR Holder Ababel Yeshaneh And 2:18:35 Marathoner Birhane Dibaba Will Shoot For The Women’s One-Hour World Record Dire Tune set the record at 18,517km in 2008.

Tokyo 2021 / Japan Coronavirus News

RIP European Athletics President

We’ve Brought John Kellogg Out Of Retirement – Our Summer Training Program Is Back

LRC High Schoolers And College Runners- Train Smarter This Summer With The LetsRun.com Summer Training Program If you aren’t sure what you should be doing for summer training and want to be your best this fall, sign up for our summer training program. Get a daily training schedule, interact with our team, and be your best this fall.