“A wide array of dietary supplement companies caught with drug-spiked products are run by people with criminal backgrounds and regulatory run-ins. Consumers buying products from these firms are in some cases entrusting their health and safety to people with rap sheets for crimes involving barbiturates, crack cocaine, Ecstacy and other narcotics, as well as arrests for selling or possessing steroids and human growth hormone. Other supplement company executives have records of fraud, theft, assault, weapons offenses, money laundering or other offenses.
… Tests have found their supposedly all-natural pills and powders have contained potentially dangerous ingredients including methamphetamine-like compounds and anti-psychotic drugs.”
– Excerpt from a USA Today article written by Alison Young called “Unmasking the People Behind Risky Pills.” The article is about a USA Today investigation into the largely unregulated supplement industry which found that companies caught selling drug-tainted supplements are often run by executives with criminal backgrounds.
This week we start by talking about Tessa Barrett's amazing story, hand out belated praise to former USATF head Craig Masback and give some current praise to Mary Keitany and Desi Davila. Plus Khalid Khannouchi vs. Ryan Hall, RIP to a legend in broadcasting, is Haile G a good dancer, and at last the secrets of the Ethiopians revealed?
Do You Know What You’re Taking? USA Today Investigation Finds Companies Caught With Drug-Tainted Supplements Are Often Run By Executives With Criminal Backgrounds The supplement industry is largely unregulated, but sometimes when the FDA does test it has found many supposedly “all-natural” pills and powders to have potentially dangerous and illegal drugs.
We also take take a look at a different type of track club that made headlines at the USATF Club Nats, give one last shout out in 2013 to Japanese marathoner Yuki Kawauchi, who ran his second sub 2:10 marathon in 2 weeks, take another look back Mark Wetmore‘s Colorado Buffaloes, and have recommended reads, a video of the week, a song of the week and more.
MB:Brett Larner responds to LetsRun’s criticism of Japanese mid-running: Mid-d running in Japan doesn’t exist
The Turks apparently don’t believe there was anything wrong with the Biological Passport of the already convicted doper, who dropped from 4:02 to 3:56 last year. The question now becomes – will the IAAF appeal? We wonder – was American Shannon Rowbury really the third-best clean person in the race?
Might Asafa Powell Be Next? Incoming New Head Of WADA Says Asafa Powell Doping Case Needs To Speed Up “He has been under a cloud and if he has broken the rules then sport wants the case finalised, if he hasn’t then he wants the cloud lifted.”
LRC's Wejo travelled to the annual running specialty conference, The Running Event, in Austin earlier this month and he left being most impressed with a product that officially wasn't part of the conference. It's called Bia and it's the only GPS watch with a cellular modem, SOS Alert, and live tracking. If a loved one wants to know where you are when you're running and you don't want to carry a phone, this is the product for you. Read all about it.
Let us proudly announced the real winners of NCAAs - our prediction contest winners, who highlight the best of LRC. We've got a repeat winner who can really crunch numbers, an Asics Aggie who ran Club Nats with some legends, and a guy who used to train with Bob Kennedy and has a proposal to fix the NCAA XC meet. Read all about them. Thanks to RunFanShop.com for sponsoring the contest.
Russian Environmentalist Working On Report About Impact Of Sochi Olympic Games Sentenced To 3 Years In A Penal Colony He was charged with causing damage to property, but he claims it is an attempt to scare other activists.
Former WADA Head Dick Pound Says Doping Jeopardizes The Future Of Sport And The People In Charge Are Ignoring It Pound: “Many of these stakeholders have a plan to deal with it. Unfortunately, their plan is to ignore the problem, pretend it does not exist, pretend to attack it vigorously, and ultimately hope that the public will get tired of hearing about it.”
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