Putting America's Problems In Context

– Haile Gebrselassie talking after two of his hotels were burned down in Ethiopia as part of an ethnic uprising. According to Ezega.com, “Properties belonging to non-Oromo ethnic groups were attacked and businesses vandalized, burned, and looted by organized mobs in Shashemene, Arsi Negele, Robe, Adaba, Asasa, Ziway, and other towns of Oromia region. According to a police report, more than 200 people were killed in the protracted attacks following the death of a popular Oromo singer Hachalu Hundessa.”

MB: Haile G’s Hotels Are Burned Down as More Than 200 Are Killed in Ethnic Uprising in Ethiopia

The Olympics Neeeds A MVP

LRC The Olympic Track & Field MVPs, Part I: 1896-1960 The 2020 Olympic track and field action was supposed to begin this week and we’re feeling nostalgic. Football has a Super Bowl MVP. Baseball has a World Series MVP. We need to have an Olympic MVP. Today, we name an Olympic MVP for every Olympics from 1896 to 1960.
*MB: Let the debate begin. Here are our Olympic MVPs from 1896 to 2016.

Fast Sprinting In Clermont, FL *Live Results

Noah Lyles Runs 19.94 To Beat World 400m Champ Steven Gardiner’s 19.96 (Running In Different Heats) On Day 2 In Clermont In the women’s race, Shaunae Miller-Uibo dropped a world-leading 21.98. Grant Holloway ran 13.35 to beat Devon Allen in the 110H prelims by .01 (Holloway won the final in 13.46; Allen skipped).

Shaunae Miller-Uibo Dips Under 11 Seconds As Trayvon Bromell Beats Noah Lyles In Prelims With 9.90 (Lyles Wins Final In 9.93) Bromell ran 9.90 to in the heats (Lyles ran 10.04), but Bromell skipped the final, leaving Lyles to win over Andre De Grasse (9.97). Miller-Uibo won the final in 10.98 after running 11.03 in the heats. Akeem Bloomfield won the 400m in 45.07.
*MB: Clermont Track Meet #2: Noah Lyles, Michael Norman, and more. Live updates

European Non-Distance Stars

Distance News

Olympic Protest Updates

Bowerman Track Club In The News

LRC Canadian Record Holder Gabriela DeBues-Stafford Joins Bowerman Track Club After a breakout 2019 season, DeBues-Stafford is relocating permanently on this side of the Atlantic and will eventually move to Portland. *MB: Gabriela DeBues-Stafford (3:56/14:44) leaves Laura Muir/Andy Young’s training group for BTC

Another Bowerman Track Club Time Trial

MB: Mo Ahmed (3:34.89) And Karissa Schweizer (4:00.02) Lead The Way In The Latest BTC Time Trial Ahmed won over Marc Scott (3:35.93) and Grant Fisher (3:36.23) while Colleen Quigley was second for the women in 4:03.98.

Good News And Bad News

The Good Michael Norman Runs 9.86 For 100 Meters, Joins Wayde Van Niekerk As Only Members Of Sub-10/20/44 Club Norman’s PRs of 9.86/19.70/43.45 place him in the discussion of history’s most versatile sprinter with van Niekerk, Usain Bolt, and Michael Johnson.
*MB: MICHAEL NORMAN 9.86!!!! (1.6).

ISTAF Berlin Will Be Held On Sept 13th With 3,500 Fans In Stands! (link fixed) And if you can’t wait that long, there is a meet in Italy August 1st with Laura Muir, Wayde van Niekerk and Jemma Reekie.

The Bad US Track & Field Championships Cancelled For The First Time In 145 Years The last time there was no US national track & field championship, Ulysses S. Grant was president and there were only 37 states.
*MB: 2020 USAs Cancelled: For the first time since Ulysses S Grant was president, there will be no US Track Champs

It’s The 40th Anniversary Of The 1980 Moscow Olympic Boycott

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.

London Is Still The Last Major Left Standing

World Athletics Amends Shoe Rules; Opens Olympic Road Qualifying Early

Irish Distance News

Kenyan Doping News

Doping News

Shelby Houlihan Speaks To LRC

LRC Shelby Houlihan’s Big Talk With LetsRun.com: “I do feel like that world record is in reach.” Highlights of Shelby’s Big Talk with the LetsRun.com Track Talk Podcast after her 14:23.02 American record run.

European Athlete News

Distance Action

LRC Rhode Island High Schooler Darius Kipyego Runs U.S. #3 800 (1:48.82) Kipyego, a rising junior at St. Raphael Academy in Pawtucket, earned Pan Am U20 silver last year by running 1:49.46.

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Olympics-Related News

Trail / Ultra News

Free Financial Education From LetsRun.com

LRC Why Did Michael Norman Run 9.86 – And Then Race Four More Times? A Look At How COVID-19 Is Affecting Elite Track & Field Contracts Did up to 25 Nike track athletes feel compelled to fly across the country to jog in meaningless races during Covid-19 to insure their contracts weren’t reduced? While reduction clauses exist in almost every Nike contract, they are not always enforced. Multiple industry sources said they believe the decisions about whether to reduce athletes at the end of 2020 in an attempt to save money would come from elsewhere within Nike – not the individuals usually charged with handling track & field sponsorships.

Assorted Distance News

You Should Have Plenty Of Time To Read During Covid-19

LRC Q&A Sam Chelanga On Life In The Army, His Running Comeback, & His New Book, “With The Wind” Chelanga’s new book is out today. He reveals he thinks life in the US and Kenya is actually quite similar. “A problem is a problem. It doesn’t matter where it is, it’s gonna hurt either way. Because pain, it’s the same pain.” He says he was motivated to write a book because “I just couldn’t explain to myself how I was the way I was. I lived a life that I could have never predicted.” *Purchase Here

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