Monaco – This Year’s Version Of The Olympics – Is Friday *TV & Streaming *Schedule

LRC 2020 Monaco DL Preview: The 2020 Olympics Is Happening On Friday In Monaco What a meet! Sifan HassanDonavan BrazierNoah LylesJoshua Cheptegei and many more stars will all compete in the best track meet of 2020 – in front of real live fans – on Friday in Monaco.

LRC World Champions Donavan Brazier & Noah Lyles Speak Ahead Of Monaco Diamond League Find out which double Brazier wants to attempt (hint: it’s not the 800/1,500), why he’d like to stay in Europe for a while, and what Lyles has been doing to get closer to Usain Bolt‘s 200m WR.

LRC Joshua Cheptegei Is Going For The 5,000 WR In Monaco – Can He Break It? Kenenisa Bekele‘s 12:37.35 WR has stood for 16+ years. the longest time for the men’s 5k record in history, but Cheptegei, the 10k & XC world champ, is 100% committed to trying to break it in Monaco on Friday. Can he do it? We break down his chances for you.

Podcast: Monaco Diamond League Preview  + Guest Ok State Coach Dave Smith on NCAA XC 2020 Believe it or not NCAA XC practice is underway and the biggest one day track meet of 2020 is here.

Monaco MB Talk

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The Shoes Have Ruined The Sport

World Athletics Issues Reminder About Their Amended Shoe Rules Which Went Into Affect Two Weeks Ago The new rules set a maximum sole height limit of 25mm for track events 800m and above. This means that road shoes with a higher sole height like the Nike Vaporfly can’t be worn for track races. However, anyone who ran a time or set a record before the rule came in effect two weeks ago will be grandfathered in.
*2nd Article Cross-Country also has a maximum sole height limit of 25mm.

Monaco Diamond League Is Friday

Monaco Provisional Entry Lists There is a solid women’s 5,000m with Sifan Hassan, Hellen Obiri, Letesenbet Gidey, Shannon Rowbury and Konstanze Klosterhalfen. The men’s 1,500m should also be good with Timothy Cheruiyot, Jakob and Filip Ingebrigsten and Craig Engels. The men’s 5,000 has Joshua Cheptegei, Julien Wanders and Henrik IngebrigstenSoufiane El Bakkali in the steeple. Brits Laura Muir and Jemma Reekie are in the 1,000m with Raevyn Rogers and Faith Kipyegon.
*MB: DL Monaco entries are up

OAC Full Team Revealed – Monson & Hoare Added To The Mix

LRC Full On Athletics Club Roster Announced, Led By NCAA Champs Geordie Beamish & Alicia Monson On has announced more NCAA signings this summer than every other shoe company combined. We reveal the full squad and analyze the roster, which is made up of 6 NCAA champs (4 DI) and led by Joe KleckerOllie Hoare, and Alicia Monson.

Covid Needs To Back Off

Olympic And World Steeplechase Champ Conseslus Kipruto Tests Positive For Coronavirus; Will Miss Monaco Diamond League Meet Kipruto says he doesn’t have any symptoms and was planning on going for the WR. *Discuss

Track Results – Last BTC Time Trial

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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.

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.

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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.

RIP NCAA Fall Sports

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North American Sprint Action

Fast Sprint Action In Jamaica

World Athletics Weekend Recap: Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce And Elaine Thompson Drop Fast 100m Times At The Velocity Fest Meet In Jamaica World 100m champ Fraser-Pryce won her section in 10.87 while Olympic champ Thompson-Herah won the second section in 10.88. A real shame they weren’t in the same race.

Road Results: Sara Hall Sets Half Marathon PR

Sara Hall Runs 68:17 Half Marathon PR (6th On The US All-Time List) Hall ran the race on a bike path in Oregon with just her and two male pacers. She says she’s really encouraged by the PR as she prepares for a fall marathon (which she couldn’t name, but is likely London). *Discuss

Marc Scott Breaks British National Record With 13:20 At The Podium 5k In The UK Triathlete Beth Potter won the women’s race in 15:24 (5th UK all-time).
*MB: Marc Scott new British record for road 5k

European Track Action

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.

Mid-Week Action

USATF News

2020 London Is Set – Will It Be Great?

LRC Now That Kipchoge Vs. Bekele Is Set, The Question Is – Are They In Shape? How have the greatest marathoner and greatest distance runner in history been training during the pandemic? Where is their fitness two months before London? Superagent Jos Hermens gives us the inside scoop.
*MB: Bekele vs Kipchoge is on!! But will either one of them be in shape?

The Big Friendly 4

Nijel Amos Wins Tactical 800m Over In 1:49.23 Josh Kerr (1:49.29) At The Big Friendly 4
*Results Chanelle Price won the women’s 800m in 2:02.93. Ben Blankenship ran 7:56.53 to win the 3,000m over Chris Derrick (8:05.91). *Full Meet Broadcast

AAU Junior Olympics

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)

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

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