“Paula was so ahead of her time. It seems so untouchable that women are just running to win. No one believes in going for 2:15.”
– Deena Kastor talking in a Phil Hersh / Chicago Tribune article about how the 2:15:25 women’s marathon world record is totally untouchable yet the men’s gets broken regularly. Kastor should know as she broke the US record in the London 2003 race where Paula set the WR but finished nearly 6 minutes back. Trivia fact: Paula set her first WR in Chicago in 2002 with some help from LetsRun.com.
Thursday in Chicago: The Pros Do Matter: Carey Pinkowski Honored for 25 Years as Race Director, Mayor Rahm Emanuel Talks Dennis KimettoWhen the mayor talks about Dennis Kimetto it’s a good day for LRCers. Marathon fever is officially in Chicago.
LRC Men’s Preview:Kenenisa Bekele And Eliud Kipchoge Clash Again – Is It Time To Say Bye-Bye To World Record Holder Dennis Kimetto’s 2:03:45 Course Record? Last year’s Chicago race was truly special as Dennis Kimetto and Emmanuel Mutai waged an epic battle that resulted in the decimation of the course record. What will happen when Eliud Kipchoge and Kenenisa Bekele clash on Sunday? Those two greats will be challenged by Tadese Tola (2:04:49 PR), Bernard Koech (2:04:53 PR), Sammy Kitwara (58:48 half marathon PR) and Dickson Chumba (Tokyo Marathon champ). The American field features 13:18/27:24 man Bobby Curtis (2:13:24 PR) and the red-hot Christo Landry (U.S. 10k road champ), but the biggest talker of all has been Matt Llano, who is dreaming of a 2:08 in his debut.
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.
LRC Women’s Preview: Rita Jeptoo Attempts to Win Fourth Straight World Marathon Major After a 2:18:57 CR in Boston in April, a win by Jeptoo would give her the best two-year run since Paula Radcliffe set two WRs and won three majors from 2002-2003., but it will be far from easy as marathon world record holder Florence Kiplagat and 2:19:52 woman Mare Dibaba will both try to beat Jeptoo to the finish line in Grant Park. The American contingent is led by Olympian Amy Hastings and Clara Santucci, who won the Pittsburgh Marathon in May, as Lisa Uhl looks to try to start the resurrection of her career.
Perhaps you heard the story last week about Reza Baluchi trying to run across the Atlantic in a bubble and having to get rescued by the Coast Guard. Now he's claiming he didn't want to be rescued, his transponder went off by accident, and he wants his bubble back.
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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