“He may not be running on the streets but he’s running the show. He’s the one who has shaped this race into all it has become today.”
– Bank of America Illinois President Tim Maloney, talking about Carey Pinkowski, who is celebrating his 25th year as race director of the Chicago Marathon. The year before Pinkowski took over (1989), the race only had 7,269 starters. This year it should have 39-40,000 and a world class field.
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.
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.
LRC Women’s Preview: Rita Jeptoo Attempts To Win Fourth Straight World Marathon Major A win by Jeptoo would give her the best two-year run since Paula Radcliffe in 2002-2003, but it will be far from easy as half marathon world record holder Florence Kiplagat and 2:19:52 woman Mare Dibaba are in the field. The American contingent is led by Olympian Amy Hastings, Clara Santucci and Lisa Uhl.
LRC Great New Running Film, Transcend, Debuts Today A new running documentary, Transcend, debuts today and is available for order or digital download. The film chronicles the amazing story of 2012 Boston Marathon Champ Wesley Korir, who is now a member of parliament in Kenya. This inspiring film not only tells a story, but it investigates why we runners do what we do. With cameos from Haile Gebrselassie, Ryan Hall, the Robertson twins, and author Malcolm Gladwell (whose favorite website is LRC), LRC’s Wejo gives it a huge thumbs up.
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.
Fan Voting Open For Jesse Owens And Jackie Joyner-Kersee Athletes Of The Year A lot of distance runners on the list. Jenny Simpson, Molly Huddle and Emma Coburn for women, Meb Keflezighi, Galen Rupp, Evan Jager and Christo Landry for the men.
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