Great News LRC London Marathon Plans on Hosting A Record 50,000 Runners In-Person in October A year after hosting an elite-only edition in St. James’s Park, London is accelerating its plans to reach 50,000 entrants in 2021 – its largest field ever. We chatted with London race director Hugh Brasher today about his plans for his 2021 race. He also had some interesting things to say about Valencia and the LetsRun.com track talk podcast.
*MB: London Marathon announces they are planning on having their largest in-person race ever with 50,000 runners

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.

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Podcast Track is Back, Guest Jim Walmsley on 100k World Record Attempt x 2 Ultra marathon star Jim Walmsley is our featured guest. He talks about trying to break the 100km world record at HOKA Project Carbon X 2 this weekend. Plus Andrew Bumbalough was on. During the regular show we talked about a ton of people including Athing Mu, Nick Willis, Alexa Efraimson, Brianna Rollins-McNeal, Erriyon Knighton, Mark Wetmore, Imogen Stewart, Brynn Brown, Sydney Thorvaldson, and Joe Biden.

Olympic News

Women’s Non-Distance News

British XC Distance Debate Heats Up

Looking Ahead

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!

Training Group News

Nick Willis Breaks A WR

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?

More Mile News: RRW 20 Years Ago, Alan Webb Became The 1st US HSer to Break 4:00 In The Mile Indoors When LetsRun covered it 20 years ago, we urged people to not hype Webb up to much and we wondered if Nick Willis might actually be better. *Discuss

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Doping News

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.