International Action – New Triple Jump WR!

World Bronze Medalist Hugues Fabrice Zango Breaks Indoor TJ Record With 18.07m He crushed the previous record by 15cm which was set by his coach, Teddy Tamgho 10 years ago.

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LRC This Week’s Podcast: Doom And Gloom? Or Hope And Light? Boston 2021? Tokyo 2021? Olympic Trials Without Fans? Covid is wreaking havoc but vaccines are going into people’s arms as we speak. What does it mean for the running world?

Assorted Distance News

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

Training Group News

COVID Stuff

Sprint News

LRC Olympic Champ Brianna Rollins-McNeal Is Provisionally Suspended For An Anti-Doping Violation For Second Time One of America’s 4 individual track gold medalists in Rio, Rollins-McNeal is accused of tampering and most likely is facing a 5-8 year ban. *Discuss

MB: 16-year-old Erriyon Knighton turns pro with adidas This summer at age 16, he ran 20.33 for 200 and looked like a man among boys at 6’2″.

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Congrats To Ken Goe!

Ken Goe Named Oregon Sportswriter Of The Year For 2020 Goe recently retired after a 43-year career with The Oregonian. Listen to his interview from November on the LRC podcast here.

Nostalgia

Outside Devotes 4,000+ Words To The Rise Of Tracksmith – “Tracksmith Made Running Culture Something You Can Buy”  The author seems a little disturbed by the fact that things are for sale. A non-running co-founder disagrees. “Tracksmith is run by a bunch of people that love running and live and breathe it. And that comes across. You can’t fake that stuff.”
*MB: Outside Tracksmith Article

Kevin Beck Recalls His 1st Road Race And The Days When It Was Typical To “Run Under 7:00 Pace For 5 Miles And Be In The Slower Half” Of A Race “Road races, especially marathons, have become a popular way for people to convince other people they’ve done something remarkable when they haven’t.”

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.

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.