2020 Isn’t Over Yet – Kipchoge Vs. Bekele Is Still On!

London Marathon Will Hold Elite-Only Race On October 4; Kipchoge, Bekele, & Brigid Kosgei All Confirmed The mass race has been cancelled, but London will still have an elite race on a closed, looped course in a “secure biosphere” in St. James’s Park. In addition, the 2021 edition has been moved from April to October.
*MB: London Marathon could be laps around a big park
*The Times Article (behind paywall)

Doping News

Olympic Champs That Win Multiple Golds Become Legends – World Athletics Should Make It As Easy As Possible

LRC What Track And Field Doubles Are Doable At The 2021 Olympics? We know the 100/200 will be doable, but what about the 200/400? The 1,500/5,000? The (gulp) … 100/400? We break them all down and propose a few easy solutions. World Athletics, are you paying attention? A few tweaks could make the schedule much more athlete-friendly.
*MB: What doubles are doable in Tokyo? LRC tells you and offers some simple changes

(Mostly) European Distance News

Upcoming Stuff

On – The Swiss Running Brand – Gets Into Pro Running In A Big Way

LRC On Establishes Pro Group In Boulder To Be Coached by Dathan Ritzenhein; Joe Klecker Is Group’s First Signing The group will be called the On Athletics Club and features eight athletes (the remainder will be announced soon) led by Joe Klecker, who was signed before Ritz and given veto power over the coach of the group. Klecker will make his pro debut at the Music City Distance Carnival on August 15 and Ritz says he’s in incredible shape. “I did that exact workout at sea level a month before I ran 12:56 and broke the American record … He’s doing the kind of quality work that I was doing at my best.”
*MB: Breaking: On is starting a new training group in Boulder coached by Dathan Ritzenhein and headlined by Joe Klecker
*MB: Joe Klecker Sub 4 at altitude?! 3:58.4

The Olympics Needs An MVP

LRC The Olympic Track & Field MVPs, Part II: 1964-2016 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 1964 to 2016.
*MB: Let the debate begin. Here are our Olympic MVPs from 1896 to 2016.

LRC The Olympic Track & Field MVPs, Part I: 1896-1960

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.

LRC Content

LRC Running’s D-Day Podcast As London Marathon, 2020 NCAA Cross-Country Decisions Expected audio fixed Good news as the LRC crew expects the London Marathon to take place as an elite race.

LRC I Ran A Real Race With Real People, And It Was Glorious Believe it or not there is actual racing going on in a former COVID-19 hot spot – Connecticut.
Have You Run A Race Recently? Share Your Experience Here

LRC I Was Bored, So I Watched The 1993 World Championship 5,000 In one of distance running’s greatest efforts, Kenya’s Ismael Kirui ran 13:02 from the front to hold off Haile Gebrselassie and avenge his brother’s controversial Olympic defeat to Khalid Skah.

Distance News

Well Worth 1 Hour Of Your Time

LRC The Stand: 52 Years Later, Tommie Smith & John Carlos’ Famous Protest Is As Relevant As Ever Tom Ratcliffe and Becky Paige, who teamed up for the terrific Bannister: Everest on the Trackhave reunited for The Stand, which aims to tell the definitive story of Smith and Carlos’ protest on the Olympic 200m medal stand in 1968.
*Stream The Stand On Amazon

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NCAA News

Highlights From Our Chat With The Olympic Silver Medalist

LRC Paul Chelimo’s Rise To the Top: “I’m Willing To Die In A Race” The Olympic 5,000m silver medalist joined the LRC podcast last week to discuss his beginnings in the sport, his rivalry with Lopez Lomong, why he once missed two drug tests, & much more. Plus Chelimo reveals his toughest workout ever and says he wants to run the 2028 Olympic marathon in LA.

Boston Bomber Death Sentence Overturned

Boston Marathon Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Has His Death Penalty Sentence Overturned By US Court Of Appeals It was ruled that the judge who oversaw the case did not adequately screen jurors to make sure they were impartial. So his conviction is still in place, but there will be a new penalty phase trial to determine his sentence where he could still receive the death penalty. *Discuss
*AP Article
*AP: Ruling Renews Fairness Debate In Boston Marathon Bomber Case

Sprint Stuff

Will There Be Any College Sports This Fall?

NCAA Board Of Governors Leaves Decision On Fall NCAA Championships To Each Division D2 and D3 are already out. D1 needs to make their decision by August 21.

*MB: RIP D3

Sprint Stuff

RIP News

High School Corner

More Recent Results

The Big Friendly 3 / BTC Intrasquad IV *Results

LRC Donavan Brazier Runs 1:43.84 In His 800 Opener; Bowerman TC Breaks World, American 4 X 1,500 Records In his first 800 in 304 days, the 2019 world champ split 50.80 for the first lap and 53.04 for the 2nd.
*MB: Schweizer > Houlihan in 4 x 1500 – 4:04 vs 4:05? The BTC women’s splits appear to be 4:07 for Quigley, 4:10 for Cranny, 4:04 for Schweizer and 4:05 for Houlihan. Grant Fisher had the fastest men’s split at 3:36.

MB Discussion 

We Wish Them A Speedy Recovery

400m World Record Holder Wayde Van Niekerk Tests Positive For Coronavirus Van Niekerk was supposed to run the 100m and 400m at a meet in Italy, but will have to sit out and quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19. *MB: Van Niekerk Covid positive

Flagstaff Running Community Launches Run With Rivs Fundraiser For Local Legend Tommy Rivers Puzey, Who Is Battling A Rare Form Of Cancer You can participate by logging (or donating to) an endurance challenge anytime through August 9. All funds go to the Puzey family.