Valencia Is Sunday

LRC 2020 Valencia Half Preview: Jacob Kiplimo Vs. Kibiwott Kandie, Round 3; Rhonex Kipruto, & Genzebe Dibaba Debut High winds may prevent the world records from falling, but the racing on Sunday in Valencia should be spectacular. Can Kiplimo close out a perfect 2020 with a win, or can Kenyans Kandie & Kipruto take him down?

LRC The Deepest Marathon EVER Is Sunday The depth in Valencia is ridiculous: 25 men under 2:08, 35 under 2:10, 44 under 2:12. Plus there are some real studs running, from 2:02 man Birhanu Legese and Boston/Chicago champ Lawrence Cherono to NYC champ Joyciline Jepkosgei and World Half champ Peres Jepchirchir.
*MB: Are you ready for the DEEPEST marathon EVER? Sunday’s Valencia Marathon is laughably good.

RIP To A Legend

1960 Olympic Decathlon Champ Rafer Johnson Has Died At 85 The guy lived quite the life. Played basketball for John Wooden, won Olympic silver and gold in the decathlon, acted in movies, lit the Olympic flame in 1984 and even tackled the guy who killed RFK. *Pay Your Respects In This Thread

Ashton Eaton Reflects On Rafer Johnson’s Amazing Life: “Everyone who knew him only had good things to say about him.”

NCAA Stars Go Pro Early / A New Pro Group Forms And Another Takes A Hit

NCAA XC Favorite Weini Kalti Goes Pro And Signs With Under Armour The two-time NCAA champ with PRs of 15:14/32:09 will train in Flagstaff.
*MB: Weini Kelati Signs goes pro, signs with Under Armour

Arkansas Star Taylor Werner Signs With Puma, Will Join A New Group In North Carolina Werner did not have NCAA XC eligibility left.
*MB: Arkansas’ Taylor Werner also goes pro – Sign with Puma and will join a North Carolina based group. Who is coaching it?

HOKA Doesn’t Extend New Jersey-New York Track Club’s Sponsorship That’s not the only big news. Gags and his assistants have split as his assistants have formed a new track club.
*MB: HOKA doesn’t renew NJNY sponsorship. Gags’ assistants split from him and form a new team.

Olympic News

Paralympic Sprinter Blake Leeper Appealing CAS Ruling To Swiss Supreme Court In Attempt To Race Against Able-Bodied Athletes Leeper is claiming that World Athletics’ rules on prosthetic leg length are “racially discriminatory” since their study on leg length used white and Asian athletes, not black.

Have You Purchased Your LetsRun T-Shirt Yet?

LRC The Softest T-Shirt You’ll Ever Wear Is Here For the first time in history,  you can now sport the iconic look of the original singlet or get one of our 1:59:40 or 1:59:40* t-shirts.



The Weekend Started Off With A Bang In Japan

MB: Official The Track Meet 2020 Live Discussion Thread

10,000 Madness Takes Place At Japanese National Champs Hitomi Niiya ran 30:20.44 to get the women’s NR as expected but the men’s race was even crazier as not 1, not 2 but 3 men broke the NR, led by Akira Aizawa with 27:18.75.

The Great Fukuoka Marathon Is Sunday

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LRC SC Jordan Hasay Looking To Get Back On Track At Valencia Marathon The last 14 months have been tumultuous for Hasay, from losing coach Alberto Salazar to DNFing Chicago to finishing a hobbled 26th at the Olympic Trials. Find out here what new coach Paula Radcliffe is expecting from Hasay on Sunday (sub required until Saturday).

LRC American Record Alert: Emily Sisson Targeting Molly Huddle’s 67:25 AR At Sunday’s Valencia Half Marathon It’s been a good year to chase records (and not much else). The next one to go down could be Molly Huddle‘s 67:25 in the half, as Sisson’s coach Ray Treacy says her fitness is “really, really good.”
*MB: Emily Sisson is going for the AR on Sunday in Valencia: “Emily will try to run 67:00 pace and see what happens,”

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