Ryan Vail

Ryan Vail

October 31, 2018

2018 NYC Marathon U.S. Men's Preview: 43-Yr Old Bernard Lagat Debuts, & Who Will Step Up With Galen Rupp On The Shelf?

Last year a 40-year old man took top US honors in NY. Might a 43-year old running the first marathon of his life do it in 2018? That would be crazy. *MB: And the top American man in New York City will be? Read this and then give us your picks
April 12, 2018

2018 Boston Marathon Men's Preview, Part II: How Will the Americans Fare?

We give you all you need to know on all the Americans not named Galen Rupp.
September 21, 2017

2017 Berlin Marathon Men's Preview: Kipchoge vs. Bekele vs. Kipsang -- Who Breaks The WR, And By How Much?

The Big 3 Eliud Kipchoge, Wilson Kipsang and Kenenisa Bekele are chasing the world record in Berlin on Sunday.
February 02, 2017

2017 USA XC Championships Men's Preview: Chris Derrick Looks for His 4th Title Against Red-Hot Leonard Korir and 2016 Olympian Shadrack Kipchirchir

You'd better be tough (and talented) if you want to make the 2017 World XC team as the conditions are going to be difficult and the field is stacked with 8 of the top 9 from the Olympic 10,000 Trials. Derrick -- and almost everyone else -- missed out on last year's race, but he's back after three-peating from 2013 through 2015 but he'll have his hands full with the Kenyan-born talent in Scott Simmons group that is taking America by storm.
November 03, 2016

Ritz Is Running to Win, Abdi Is On the LRC Training Plan & 5 More Observations From Talking to the Top U.S. Men in New York

Also included: Meb Keflezighi (who is not running NYC) discussing his recent problems throwing up in races.
November 02, 2016

2016 TCS NYC Marathon U.S. Men's Preview: What Has to Happen for an American to Win for the First Time Since 2009

With only four men in the field who have broken 2:10 in the last three years, it's not totally crazy to think an American could win NYC on Sunday, particularly since Dathan Ritzenhein has had a great buildup.
July 27, 2016

Dathan Ritzenhein, Molly Huddle And Kim Conley Will Lead Star-Studded American Field For 2016 TCS New York City Marathon

Huddle and Conley will make their marathon debuts as they compete with Kellyn Taylor, Sara Hall and Annie Bersagel while Ritz will line up alongside Ryan Vail and Matt Llano.
February 10, 2016

2016 Men's U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials Preview: Meet The 20 Men Who Have A Shot At Going To The Olympics If Any Of The "Big 3" Falter

Meb, Ritz and Rupp will get plenty of attention this week, so we wanted to start our previews by focusing on the men who have a shot at the Olympic team if any of the Big 3 falter. In 2012, we only had a list of 6 outside of the eventual top 4. This year, the list is 20 deep.
June 18, 2015

2015 USA 10,000 Preview: Molly Huddle & Galen Rupp Are Heavily Favored, But Who Will Grab The Other Spots?

If Huddle and Rupp come through as favorites, the drama will still be big as one of the following three on the women's side - Shalane Flanagan, Emily Sisson and Emily Infeld - and one of the following three on the men's side - Ben TrueHassan Mead and Diego Estrada (plus Chris Derrick) - will go home devastated.

May 01, 2015

2015 Payton Jordan Men's Preview: Action Galore - True vs. Mead II, The Return of Nick Symmonds, and a Sub-4 HSer?

Track fans, this one is loaded with former NCAA stars. That's the good news. The bad news is you gotta choose, this or Mayweather - Pacquiao. More bad news, HSer Grant Fisher might go sub-4 but it won't count - unless Stanford changes from a 1,500 to a mile in the next 24 hours.

March 25, 2015

Can Chris Derrick Lead The US To A Medal At The 2015 World Cross-Country Championships?

At the "Miracle on Dirt," the USA walked away with a silver 2 years ago. They are back at World XC trying to get on the podium. We break down their chances.

February 07, 2015

Chris Derrick Three Peats as USA XC Champion in Dominating Fashion

Chris Derrick 3 peated as USA Champion in dominating fashion as Bobby Curtis was 2nd and Dathan Ritzenhein 3rd. Ben True, the guy who tried to stay with Derrick the longest, faded to 11th.

February 04, 2015

2015 USA XC Championships Men's Preview: Chris Derrick Looks For 3-Peat, Dathan Ritzenhein Looks For Revenge In Loaded Men's Field

8 years ago, with World XC spots on the line, the action in Boulder was legendary as all of the Colorado greats - Culpepper, Goucher, Torres and Ritz - battled. What's in store in 2015? Chris Derrick goes for the three-peat but he'll have plenty of competition in the form of Ben TrueDathan Ritzenhein, Maksim KorolevRyan Vail and Garrett Heath.

December 31, 2014

2014 LRC Year-End Rankings: Men's Marathon: Wilson Kipsang and Meb Keflezighi Had Years To Remember

With wins in London and NY, no one was as good as Wilson Kipsang. But where do we rank Kenenisa Bekele, Meb and others?

October 29, 2014

2014 TCS New York City Marathon American Men's Preview: Can Meb Keflezighi Do It Again?

Boston champ Meb Keflezighi is the big American name in New York and he'll be looking to keep the momentum going after his unbelievable win in Boston. Ryan Vail (2:10:57 pb) and Nick Arciniaga (2:11:30 pb) will be looking to battle Meb for top American honors alongside debutants Luke Puskedra and Aron Rono.

September 08, 2014

America’s Best, Led by Kara Goucher and Desiree Linden, to Join Meb Keflezighi on 2014 TCS New York City Marathon Start Line on Sunday, November 2

Other top Americans announced include Ryan Vail, Nick Arciniaga, Luke Puskedra in his debut, and Deena Kastor.