LRC Nick Willis Sets World Record by Breaking 4:00 in the Mile for 19th Straight Year Willis, 37, ran 3:58 in Florida to break a tie with fellow Kiwi legend John Walker.
*MB Nick Willis is going for history tonight. Will he set the all-time record of most seasons with a sub-4 minute mile at 19?

What a Weekend!

Recap Track Is Back, Baby! Athing Mu 2:01, Selemon Barega 27:58 at 7,700 Feet, & Recapping Track’s First Big Weekend of 2021 With limited competition opportunities in 2020, many athletes are desperate to get back on the track in 2021 and we saw a ton of top performances last weekend, from a triple jump WR to an NCAA pole vault record, some crazy-fast high school races, the return of Conner Mantz and…Tom Brady (?!?) running 7:58 for Michigan.

Congratulations Aliphine!

Olympic Marathon Trials Champ Aliphine Tuliamuk Gives Birth She posted, “Our daughter Zoe Cherotich Gannon arrived on 1/13/2021 and she is absolutely perfect. Her dad and I are just so overwhelmed with joy, love and gratitude, and we can’t stop staring at her.”
*MB: Aliphine Tuliamuk’s daughter is freakin adorable

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.

Distance News

Non-Distance News

Other News That Passed Our Vetting Process

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

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More Results From A Jam-Packed Weekend

Women’s Under-20 World 4 X 800 Record Goes Down As Well As #2 And #3 On All-Time Indoor 2-Mile List At Virginia Showcase High schoolers Roisin Willis (2:05.97), Bailey Goggans (2:20.49), Juliette Whittaker (2:05.25) and Sophia Gorriaran (2:05.49) broke the 30-year-old record with 8:37.20 despite a weak second leg due to Goggans’ injury. In the 2-mile, Sydney Thorvaldson ran 9:4795 to beat out Brynn Brown (9:51.00). Only Mary Cain has run faster.
*MB: SYDNEY THORVALDSON: 9:47.95 2 mile to beat Brynn Brown!

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″.

More Free Training Tips

Sprint Stuff

Training Group News

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.