Archived Homepage For January 27, 2023
Archived Homepage For January 27, 2023
Indoor Track Heats Up Big Time This Weekend

The 2023 indoor season arrives in a BIG way this weekend. Katelyn TuohyAlicia Monson, Joe Klecker, Sinclaire Johnson, and Cole Hocker are among the many stars in action.

    WA Gold Season Starts Friday

    World Athletics Indoor Gold Season Kicks off Friday in Karlsruhe - Full Meet Preview Mid-d and distance wise, the meet has a women's 800, men's 1500 and 3ks for both genders.

    Thursday "15" Podcast

    1 hour podcast breaking down this weekend's amazing action. Plus what to make of Lauren Fleshman asking Kara Goucher/Shalane Flanagan to give her an Olympic spot and more.

    3 Great Reads from Track & Field News
    Our Free Track Talk Podcast

    Rojo, Wejo and Jon breakdown the USA XC champs, a 16-year-old Aussie sensation, and Sha'Carri Richardson getting booted off a plane before being joined by two guests - Pete Julian and Andrew Colley. Pete talks Lilac Grand Prix and Union Athletics Club while Colley joins us in the "Where Your Dreams Become Reality" segment.

    Sprint Stuff
    World Athletics Gets Bashed For Not Protecting Women's Sport
    Olympic News
    Bizarre Plane Stories
    The LRC Rankings

    Some picks were easy (Eliud Kipchoge in the marathon), others were impossible. Here's where we ranked the world's best distance runners in 2022.

    Some choices for World #1 were easy (Athing Mu in the 800, Faith Kipyegon in the 1500), others much tougher. Find out where we ranked all your favorites in 2022.

    More High School Results From The Weekend
    American Track League
    Japan Ekiden News
    Post-Weekend NCAA News

    None of the top six finishers in the women's race had made a Worlds team before. 3rd through 7th in the men's race were separated by 0.8 of a second.

    Leo Young got sweet redemption after blowing up at NXN and Irene Riggs continued her dominant XC form.

    Leo Pumped for Team USA
    Edna Kurgat Living the Dream
    Emmanuel Bor Wins it For US Army
    Irene Riggs Now a HS Legend
    Disappointing Trans Update From World Athletics

    According to leaked documents, WA wants to see a stricter testosterone limit and treatment time extended to two years instead of 12 months, but they currently aren't planning a total ban like swimming and other sports have done. A final decision won't come until March though, so this plan could be rejected.

    US Weekend Indoor Action
    International XC News
    Sisson Podcast & Video Highlights

    Emily Sisson continued her hot streak in Houston setting her third American record in a year. She joined us on the Track Talk podcast to discuss her run in future, her plans for 2023, and Paris 2024.

    Drug Bust

    "It is critically important to convey with the strongest conviction that I am innocent and have not taken this substance as I'm accused. I ask that everyone in Australia believe me and let the process play out," writes Bol who says only his A sample has been tested.

    Friday 15

    The crew breaks down the news that Peter Bol's "A" sample came back positive for EPO and the US Cross Country championships.

    Other News of Note
    Our Written and Audio Weekly Recaps

    The action in the New Year 2023 is starting to heat up and we break it down for you. Can someone now please organize a collegiate sub-16 4 x mile attempt with the likes of Stanford, UW and someone else?

    Marc Scott Going to Kenya

    Scott, who is in Kenya now and hoping to work with coach Patrick Sang, reveals why he left BTC and reflects on his five years with the group that produced a 12:57 European indoor record and a World Indoor medal.

    MB: Marc Scott Has Left Bowerman, Now With NN Running, Hoping to train with Kipchoge in Kenya

    Random News
    Kipchoge's Gonna Have To Earn This One

    A super Boston field just got even more super. Tanzania's Gabriel Geay (2:03:00), Brazil's Daniel Do Nascimento (2:04:51) and others including two top Americans join a field that already included Eliud KipchogeEvans Chebet, and Benson Kipruto.

    The 2024 Olympic Schedule Looks Fantastic

    Sydney McLaughlin-LevroneAthing Mu, and Jakob Ingebrigtsen could all be interested in doubling up in Paris. We run the numbers to see how feasible each double/triple is. We've got good news - almost any double/triple you want to see is very doable.

    Jonathan Gault's latest feature

    25 Kenyan athletes were sanctioned by the Athletics Integrity Unit or ADAK in 2022. We spoke to agents and AIU head Brett Clothier to figure out what's going on. 

    A Look back at 2022

    From "Poopgate" to the Abbott World Marathon Majors screwing over Eliud Kipchoge to Devon Allen's DQ to Max Siegel's salary, 2022 was a wild year on and off the track.

    We Look Back At 2022s Highs Month By Month

    2022 was a year that saw Grant Fisher break out, Sydney McLaughlin explode, and Eliud Kipchoge break the WR (again). Here's what else stood out according to Jonathan Gault.

    The Year's Not Over: Japensese New Year's Corporate Ekiden Will Be Broadcast at 7pm ET New Year's Eve - Watch It Live/Race Preview

    Merry XMAS - Paywall lifted

    In a decade, Valencia has gone from afterthought to host of some of the world's fastest races. How did the third-largest city in Spain emerge as a global capital of running? Jonathan Gault journeyed to Spain's Mediterranean coast to find out how.

    Smarter than you and us

    A 17-year-old made an app that has a race calculator and uses AI to measure wear and tear on running shoes.

    Jon talks with Seb Coe

    Coe didn't share full details about the new event but said a focus will be on prize money and keeping the spotlight on the stars during the off year of 2026.

    Meet Teshome Mekonen

    Teshome Mekonen became a US citizen in August and beat Conner Mantz by a minute earlier this year at the NYC Half. Learn about his story from Tigray to Harlem.

    Rojo and Mara Yamauchi Editorial

    For nearly 40 years, the NYC Marathon has been known for being a trailblazer that paid its male and female athletes the same prize money. Sadly, that changed on Sunday. Guess what sex dominated the new non-binary gender division at Sunday's 2022 New York City Marathon? Olympian Mara Yamauchi joins Robert Johnson in this guest column.

    Trials Awarded

    What will the course be like? What type of weather can we expect? We break it down for you.

    Post NYC Updates

    The good news is the Brazilian star is recovering well after going to the hospital. His agent explains what he thinks happened.

    • Which Super Shoes Did The Best In NYC? While Nike shoes dominated in numbers, there were plenty of other shoe brands to finish in the top-10 men and women including a surprise win by Under Armour on the feet of Sharon Lokedi.
    • NYRR's Post-Race Release Specifically Omits Nonbinary Winner's Time They listed the winning times for the men's, women's, and wheelchair divisions, but not the nonbinary. Maybe they didn't want to highlight the fact that they gave thousands in prize money to biological men who ran significantly slower than many women who got nothing?
    Engels Speaks

    Engels says he enjoyed his time with UAC but needed to train in a place where he either had consistent training partners or a coach with him every day.

    How Would You Attack The Doping Problem?

    Instead of just complaining about anti-doping it's time to try and do something about. Submit your best anti-doping proposals.

        Has Kenya found a new super drug? What is going on?

        And have the Kenyans found a new super drug? Kipyokei is one of 10 athletes in the last two years to test positive for the same substance, triamcinolone acetonide, a drug once used by Lance Armstrong and Brad Wiggins. Why are they suddenly all testing positive for it now?

        Disturbing Stuff

        Allegations regarding the Huntington University track and field team where Nick Johnson used to coach and his wife Lauren Johnson now coaches continue to come out thanks to the great reporting by David Woods and continue to get more grim. Two national champions for Huntington claim their coach gave them unknown injections and have asked that their national titles be invalidated. One claims she was raped by Nick. Police reports show Nick, who had already pled guilty to a felony after admitting to impersonating a University of Oregon staffer so he could take a teen recruit on a trip where the teen told police many sexual acts took place, has admitted to having sex with two other athletes and his wife admitted she didn’t tell anyone at Huntington as she didn’t want them to lose their jobs. She’s now the head coach. If that’s not bad enough, there are now allegations of PED usage. Did PEDs cause the Johnsons to leave the Oregon Track Club?

        The series used the elites to build themselves up as the majors in our sport but now is forsaking the pros once the image is established. In the process, they just screwed Eliud Kipchoge out of $200,000 after the fact as the cut is effective immediately. Wow.

        Kipchoge loving the LetsRun Shirt in Berlin
        History was made 20 years ago

        And he ran his marathon PB to boot.

        Ross Tucker Speaks

        We paid one of the top sports scientists in the world to analyze the Shelby Houlihan doping case and CAS ruling. He has 2 pieces for us, the piece above is an opinion piece where he answers our questions. In a 2nd more technical piece, Ross goes through the CAS decision step by step and outlines in clear terms exactly what Houlihan argued and why he thinks CAS ultimately (correctly) ruled against her.

          Your latest American stars share their insights.

          Three legends of the sport.

          One of the greatest US runners ever.

          We chatted with Frank on the 50th anniversary of his Olympic Marathon gold

          American Record Holders
          American Record Holders

          Keira D'Amato, the new American record holder in the marathon, was joined by Deena Kastor, who held the record for 15 years.

          Sisson was the guest on the Track Talk podcast after she became the first American to go sub 67 in the half marathon on a record-eligible course. Podcast highlights above. Full pod here.

          Woody Kincaid joined us after he broke the American record indoors at 5000. He talks above why he left the Bowerman Track Club. Podcast highlights and link to full podcast here.

          Coogan's New Balance Boston team had 3 Olympians in 2021 and 2022 could be the biggest year yet for the program with 2 new additions and the TRACK at New Balance coming on March 1st.

          Danny Mackey has taken the Brooks Beasts from an unproven club to the Olympic podium in its first decade.

          Dathan Ritzenhein is the first of the top pro coaches to sit down and talk about his club heading into the 2022 campaign.

          Best of Jon Gault
          Best of Jon Gault
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          Take Your Love of LetsRun to the Next Level
          Take Your Love of LetsRun to the Next Level