“I now belong to the three-man club which also includes Haile Gebrselassie and Paul Tergat. I have joined these men who are the only to have run the 5,000m distance in sub 12:50 (and the marathon under 2:05). But I am like a small child crawling and trying to stand up in marathon. I will train with the passion and you never know I might be the next to lower the world record in future and only time will tell.”
– Eliud Kipchoge, who will be racing world 5,000 and 10,000 record holder Kenenisa Bekele in the 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon this weekend. Kipchoge says he thinks he can PR, which is big as his best is 2:04:05.
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LRC Feature The Wetmore Formula Those who know him best insist there aren’t any secrets to Mark Wetmore’s success as a distance coach. Yet few can match his accomplishments. How does he do it? We go back to his Bernard High roots in the 1970s and do our best to explain. Chris Lear has read this piece and loved it: “This is why I go to letsrun. Thanks for the read.”
Discuss On The MBoard: LetsRun.com Investigates: What Makes Mark Wetmore So Special?
LRC The Gunslingers Of Boulder Mitch Kastoff catches up with the defending champs, who return everyone from last year and then some, and finds a very confident group.
Elise Cranny Debuts, Patrick Tiernan Dominates, Stanford Looks Great On Paper, The Greatest Colorado Team Ever? Seven Thoughts On The Weekend’s XC Action We break down the action from last week for you. It was a challenging week for the Stanford women, but a big week for the UCLA, Michigan and Navy men. Along the way we introduce you to the Yankees of Canadian cross-country and wonder if we’ve finally found a challenger for Edward Cheserek.
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