Film Review

LRC Tracking the Ups and Downs of the Athlete Refugee Team in “RUN” Over the course of three years, filmmaker Richard Bullock followed the Athlete Refugee Team as its members competed at the World Championships, sought asylum in Europe, and saw their Olympic dreams halted by COVID-19.

Non-Distance Results From Europe

Coronavirus-Related News

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

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

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Distance News

Non-Distance News

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

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.

More Athletes Speak On Whereabouts Failures

Geoffrey Kamworor’s Bad Week Just Got Way Worse

MB: 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.”

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.