Start Off The New Year With A New Book

LRC Out of Thin Air Book Review: A Deep Look Into Ethiopian Running Culture Despite producing 42 of the 100 fastest men’s marathoners of all time and distance legends like Kenenisa Bekele and Haile Gebrselassie, few English-speaking writers have truly explored Ethiopian running culture. Michael Crawley changes that with his new book. 5 stars out of 5. Purchase here.

LRC Free Book Excerpt: Why “Idil” Is More Important Than Talent For Amhara Ethiopian Runners We greatly enjoyed Michael Crawley‘s new book on Ethiopian distance running and this free excerpt will show you why. Did you know that most Ethiopians don’t believe in the idea of “talent”? Plus Crawley explains why pursuing a running career isn’t always an option for Ethiopians.

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Indoors 2021

Armory Closing For Indoor Season To “Support A Community Initiative” They hosted more than 20 meets using “stringent health protocols” during the start of the indoor season and don’t give a specific reason why they are stopping, but becoming a COVID vaccine center seems a logical possibility.

Results From East Africa

Will There Be Any Action This Winter?

2021 USATF Indoor Championships Cancelled Due To Coronavirus USATF says their COVID-19 Working Group was working on a “rigorous set of protocols” that would let them hold the championships, but the restrictions in New Mexico were too severe.

LRC Good News: There Will Be A 2021 Indoor Track Season But It Will Look Much Different Than Normal There will be a 2021 indoor season, but college meets will be more exclusive than ever, and USA Indoors is very much up in the air. Thankfully Paul Doyle has stepped up and created the  four-meet American Track League that will air on ESPN as he doesn’t know of a single college meet that will accept unattached athletes.
*MB: New ESPN Indoor Track Series

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The Stride Report Ranks The Top 25 Men’s Distance Runners In The NCAA *#1-13 *#14-25 *Honorable Mention Luis Grijalva and Yareg Nuguse are 1-2.
Top 25 Women: *#1-13 *#14-25 *Honorable Mention  Ella Donaghu and Katie Izzo are #1-2.

Big News From Kenya

US Distance Interviews

Hosting News – Could 2025 Worlds Go To Kenya?

Distance Profiles

Tokyo 2020 News

A New Year Means New Sponsorship Deals

LRC Ryan Hill Joins HOKA ONE ONE NAZ Elite Jonathan Gault breaks the news that Hill, the 2015 US 5k champ, is leaving Bowerman TC and is headed to Flagstaff, where he’ll chase his first Olympic berth.
*MB: Ryan Hill leaves BTC

Saucony announces that it has signed Canadian marathon champion and Olympian-to-be Trevor Hofbauer (2:09:51 pb)

Sponsorship MB Chatter

Olympics-Related News

Sponsorship Changes

LRC Keeping Track Of Pros Who Have Switched Sponsors In 2021 A number of pros are no longer being sponsored by Nike. A bunch of them including Sandi Morris and Gesa Krause have signed with Puma.

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