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"Forty years ago April 19, Jock Semple tried to throw me out of the Boston Marathon because I was a woman. In the few years since then, women's running has grown to the point where there are now more women participating in races than men, and the women marathoners have become the biggest stars of the sport.  This is nothing short of a social revolution and it has been a privilege being a part of making it happen; my memoir reflects much of this inspiring history."

-Katherine Swtizer, the first female participant with a race number in the Boston Marathon, writing in an article talking about how her autobiography will debut at this year's Boston.

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IAAF Profile of European Silver Medallist and Lydiard Disciple Susanne Wigene A great read as the 29-year old runs to and from her job every day - to the tune of over 125 mpw (210 km). She describes her training with the Norwegian word rovdrift which means ruthless exploitation of a natural resource.

Kenya's Gideon Ngatuny Still Dreaming (and Talking) Very Big After 4th At World XC Ngatuny says he's going for gold in Osaka in the 10k and claims he might have won world xc if he hadn't been spiked 8km in. "I led for the most of the race until I was spiked in the eighth kilometre. I had taken good command of the race. I feared nobody."

Katerine Swtizer Autobiography Coming Out At Boston Marathon

Two Oceans 50k Is This Weekend
Race Preview From South Africa Former Olympic marathon champ Josiah Thugwane is in the title hunt once again. Last year, he went out at an insane pace for the first 25k before the wheels came off.
*Another Good Preview From Riel Haumann

Lots of Kenyans Led By World's 2nd Fastest Ever Sammy Korir To Run Rotterdam Next Weekend

Ian Thorpe Update
*Ian Thorpe Receives "Please Explain" Letter From Doping Officials One problem, how is he supposed to remember what he was doing last May?
*Austrialian Endocrinologist Ken Ho Says Nothing Irregular About Thorpes's Test  Ho says that Thorpe's T/E ratio of less than 6/1 is  within the normal range and says a single elevated LH test is "uninterpretable" as the body releases it in pulses so you'd need to have a series of tests

You'll be hearing a lot about this for years

Great Australian Swimmer Ian Thorpe's Possible Positive Test Leaks
It's pretty complicated but French sports daily L'Equipe reported that Thorpe showed an elevated T-E ratio and high levels of LH. Australia (sound like the old USATF?) said the test was inconclusive and threw it out but the world governing body for swimming (FINA) asked that it be appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. The case reminds us very much of the Mary Slaney case in the US as Thorpe was a child prodigy at 14 who tested positive at the end of his career.
During His Career Thorpe Led Anti-Doping Fight And Asked For EPO/HGH Testing
*WADA Rips Leaking Of Thorpe's Test As By No Means Is He Officially Positive
*Australian Press is all over the fact that Irish runner Gareth Turnbull (whom the tabloids are calling "the drunk Irishman") also had a high LH and TE ratio and was cleared Evidently the science on LH is very spotty.
*Mike Colman Column - A great read on how all athletes whether they test positive or not are often associated with drugs (Carl Lewis, Lance Armstrong)
*Fina To Hire PI To Look for Source of Thorpe Leak

Mombasa Course Will Never Be Forgotten By World's Runners
"While tourists visiting Mombasa always promise to return, athletes who took part in 35th IAAF World Cross Country Championships last weekend have different views. They will forever be haunted by the memories of the Coastal town."

Peter Njenga: Hats of To XC Heroes Kenyan writers are still recapping the historic event which drew the largest xc crowd in history - 30,000

Recap of Athletics Kenya Track Meet in Kisii - Former Iona runnner and NCAA XC Runner-up Richard Kiplagat was 2nd in the 800. *Recap of 10ks at Kisii

Lots of Great Weekend Road Action - From America

*Carlsbad 5000: Meseret Defar Is 1st Women To Defend Her Crownspacer Defar won but the return of former World Record holder Henry Rono to racing stole the show. Rono, who has been chronicling his comeback on our world famous message board, ran 17:48 for 2nd in his age group. The article has lots of nice photos from Victah Sailor

*Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Miler Ethiopians Tola and Erkesso Capture Titles Both races were blistering fast. The 19-year old Tadesse Tola, who was the surprise winner of Ethiopian XC nationals this year, ran a blistering 46:01 a week after running world xcs. John Korir who was hoping to join Bill Rodgers as the 2nd 4-time champion was 3rd in 46:11 - his fastest time in 6 races in DC - but had this to say: "I was struggling, I am not in good shape now. I haven't been doing speed work. Next year I'll be better prepared."  Message board thread here.

One Big Road Race In Africa
Asselefech Mergia Beats 8,000 To Win Confidence Women First 5k
The race is the only female only race in Ethiopia. Great to see 8,000 women competing.

Pre-Race Article On Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Miler *DC Mayor Adrian Fenty who ran a marathon last week, and an 8k on St. Patricks day is running as well.

Big Half Marathon Weekend in Europe - Live Race Coverage Can Be Found Here at 10:45 AM Sunday Central European time
Vattenfall Berlin Half Marathon Is Sunday Patrick Makau Musyoki, who recently ran 59:13, leads the Kenyan contingent and wants to run 58. In the women's race, Australia's Benita Johnson will be in a dual with defending champ and course record holder Edith Masai. Johnson will be aiming for the one Australian distance record she doesn't have.*Johnson says she's in best shape of her life but focus in on London
Race press release with good quotes from Musyoki on wanting 58 mins and Johnson wanting the national record.

Stefano Baldini To Square Off Against Stiff African Competition in  Stramilano Half On Sunday In Final Race Prior to London London is 3 weeks away and Baldini is playiing catchup after missing a crucial week of training in February with the flu.

Lets's hope they don't start training the troops in the same fashion Jeff Galloway Training Program Is Official Training Program For Army 10 Miler Once Again

Bekele wasn't the only African to drop out. Uganda's Boniface Kiprop Dropped Out With 400m Left and Cost Team Potential Silver No surprise to learn that the Ugandan coach is pretty upset

Henry Rono Running Carlsbad 5k Rono's inspirational comeback has hit the mainstream press as the LA Times has a piece on him. It talks about how he was so down on his luck he was forced to beg for a job as a janitor at Nike but was turned down.

USATF Club Championships To Offer $65,000 in Prize Money Money will go to club track, club xc and club relay champs.

And we thought it only happed with obnoxious American parents Ukranian Parent Banned From Having Any Contact With His Daughter For His Behavior at World Swimming Championships

Weekend Road Action We Didn't Put Up Til Today So It Wouldn't Be Overshadowed by World XC
*Azalea Trail Run: Samuel Ndereba Becomes First Champion To Repeat Since Bill Rodgers Michael Aish (5th, 28:52) was the highest non-Kenyan finisher. Ethiopia's Rehima Kedir won the women's race.
*Around The Bay 30k Simon Njoroge breaks course record on the men's side. In the women's race, the only confusion was about the name of the winner, Magdalene Makunzi, as she was entered under two different names by two different agents
Hervis Prague Half-Marathon: Liliya Shobukhova wins in a classic photo finish. On the men's side, Patrick Ivuti set a course record. Click on link to see great photo!!
*Shamrock Shuffle 8k Looks like the race may not have had prize money but a slew of Americans showed up. Former ND star Luke Watson won the men's race beating a slew of Hanson-Brooks guys. Tara Moody won the women's. *
Men's results and Women's Results

Thank God For Beer
*Kenyan XC Team To Reap Financial Awards for Men's Team Title East African Breweries has pledged more than $7,000 and others are expected to donate as well

Guess He's Not From Philadelphia
Steve Cram Upset By Lack of Sportsmanship as World XC: Cram was horrified that the Kenyans went nuts when Bekele dropped out

Britain's Liz Yelling Runs 69:28 in Last Race Before London

Exclusive World XC Coverage As Wejo Was On-site
*Wejo's Post-Race Recap of the action
*Race Day Photos
*Videos from Race Day
*An Unusual Sight of Bekele in 2nd
Video of Crowd Going Nuts When Bekele Drops Out
*Ethiopian Junior Staggers Home and Is Yanked From Course Meters From The Finish Line
Celebration after Kenyan Men's Team Victory *Crowd Control at the World XC Champs
*The Crowd During the Junior Girls Race Going Crazy
*Pre-Race Photos From Kenya
*Wejo's 2nd Report From Kenya
*Wejo's 1st Report From Kenya

New News Emerges Day After Spectacular World XC
Ethiopian Men's Team Almost Didn't Run After Near Mutiny The team members said they'd boycott when it was announced that Mestawet Tufa (2nd in Ethiopian trials) wasn't running. The federation backed down but the whole scandal may have affected their performance as they didn't register a team score.
Bekele Says Conditions Became Too Much To Handle: "Suddenly I felt that my coordination was not good and that my mind was dizzy. I even started to doubt about how many laps I still had to run...."I was slowing down and felt that I was losing control over my body as well as my mind. This is why I decided to stop the race."
Full Results
*Sr Men:
Bekele Is Defeated As Zersenay Tadesse Wins Eritrea First Gold
Just as it looked as if Bekele would cruise it on in for his record 6th long course title, his lead instantly vanished and soon he was on the sidelines - a beaten man just some 800 meters from the finish. The Kenyan men dominated the team standings.
*Sr. Women: Lornah Kiplagat Wins Ind. Title As Ethiopia Spoils Kenyan Party
Kenyans Have Perfecct 1-2-3-4 Showing In Both Races

Bekele Is Defeated.
Wejo has called to say that Bekele's quest for a record 6th long course title didn't happen, as on the last lap just after he took a lead that Wejo was certain enough was big enough to get the win, Bekele suddenly lost it, dropped back and quickly dropped out as the Kenyan crowd went wild. Olympic 10k bronze medallist Zersenay Tadesse won Eritrea's first individual title. Wejo said the Kenyan crowd was unreal as people were watching from the trees. The atmosphere was way, way crazier than Boulder apparently.  He said the Kenyan crowd only seemed to care about two things - having a Kenyan in front in each race and seeing Bekele lose. He said they didn't really acknowledged ex-Kenyan Lornah Kiplagat who won the women's race. *Results here.
News Flash From IAAF on Race: Bekele's dropout unexplained.
*BBC Article on Race as Mo Farah Gets 11th
*AP Preview of Race

Nice Pre-Race Work By The IAAF
Preview of Sr. Men's Race
Preview of Jr Men's Race
Preview of Sr. Women's Race
Preview of Jr. Women's Race
World XC Has History of Repeat Individual Champions
Profile of Kenyan Legend Paul Tergat
Profile of Kenyan Legend Ismael Kirui
Profile of Kenyan Legend John Kibowen
8 Page History Of Kenyan Cross Country (PDF)
An Interesting Explanation of Kenyan Names
Other Pre-Race News (Non-IAAF):
*Mo Farah Ready To Take On Africans For Britain
Kenyan Team Arrives In Mombasa as Last-Minute Course Work Is Finished
Heat-Wave Greets Ugandan Athletes
The race is going to be hot hot hot. Click here for up to date weather predictions. Looks like a high of 87 fahrenhei (31 celcius).t
Kenyan Born Stephen Mayaka Guiding Japanese Team As Well As Potential Kenyan Star Gideon Ngatuny Who Is Based in Japan
Mayaka is now a Japanese citizen and there has been talk that Ngatuny could win gold
Profile of 20 Yr Old Gideon Ngatuny
Young Kenyan Team Arrives In Mombassa On Thursday
The men's team is young and as a result some in the Kenyan press think that bodes well for 2007
US Ambassador Happy With Kenya's Secuirty Arrangements Too bad too many US athletest wimped out
Kenyan Great John Ngugi Confident Kenyans Can Dominate
Kenyan B Team Qatari Team Ready For Worlds
Preview of World XCs from Kenyan Paper: Ethiopians Still Favored for Individual Crowns
The Kenyans may still win the majority of the team titles but it's a matter of national pride that they have not been able to win the top individual spot. And the president of Kenya will be at the race this year.
Cross Country Comes Home
*IAAF Head Lamine Diack in Mombasa
*Course Work to be 24 Hours A Day to Get World XC Stands Ready for Saturday's Race
Teams Being Met with a Ton of Security in Mombasa
Paul Tergat Says XC Should be in the Olympics
Previous:Kenya to Have to Get Passed Ethiopians if It Wants to Win an Individual Title at Worlds
*Kiwis Arrive at Worlds
Kenyan Team Now Training Twice a Day Down from Three Times
*'s Wejo Is Going to Worlds

US 8k: Anthony Famiglietti Wins US 8k Title In case you haven't noticed Fam is getting pretty damn good at the longer distances. He got the win in his hometown of NYC.
Photo Gallery

*Andrew Carlson Out of World XC With Broken Rib
*Britain's Jo Pavey Out of Worlds
Foreign Athletes Training In Kenya Ready for Worlds
*IAAF President Lamine Diack to Be In Kenya on Monday

Edith Masai up against Benita Johnson at Vattenfall Berlin Half Marathon Next Month

Blake Boldon Interview 4th at USATF 3k and then a 3:59 mile.

Moses Kiptanui Says Kenyan Worlds Team Needs to Be Mentally Prepared
*USA's Katie McGregor Out of World XCs

8 Sub 2:08 Guys Running Rotterdam Marathon April 15th IAAF

World XCs Next Weekend:
Russia, Australia, and New Zealand Arrive This Weekend for Worlds

4 of 5 World Champs and 66 Nations at 2007 World XC Champs
Security Being Beefed Up in Mombasa for Worlds

First Ever: Ask Wejo: High Mileage Training, Evil Stop Watches, the NCAA Season, and Ryan Hall Weldon answers your training questions on AT pace (whatever that is), 140 mile weeks, and the collegiate racing season. Plus confidence, overconfidence, Ryan Hall's race in Jacksonville, and runners choking at NCAAs. All just an attempt to be more self-marketed than Dean K.

More on Devine Racing's Cash Crunch: Salt Lake City Marathon Cutting Back on Prize Money as It Has Not Paid Its Bills From Last Year They still owe $50,000 to a charity that provided volunteers to last year's race. How about scrapping prize money entirely and not taking a salary, until you pay the bills. Perhaps it won't make a difference because this year's money is going to last year's race.

Japan Announces Marathon Squad for World Champs IAAF

Chris Solinsky, Wisconsin's Quarterback

Abebe Bikila's and Mamo Wolde's Tombs Desecrated Punks exists in all corners of the world.

NYC Reebok Grand Prix Becomes Part of IAAF Athletics Tour (It and Pre Classic are Only 2 Meets in US With This Status) IAAF NCAA Basketball Hoops Contest Win a cool million. Yeah right. link fixed. Find group

Dathan Ritzenhein Out of US 8k Champs in NY With Injury

Is Football (Soccer) The Reason Britain is Not Good at Track and Field

Gate River Run:
Ryan Hall Says He Wasn't That Excited During Jacksonville Run
*Message board
thread here

*6 for 6 for Meb, One for the Thumb for Deena

*Results *Video from Gate River Run There is a reason these two got Olympic medals in Athens, they are damn good. Deena Kastor put on an exhibition in winning her fifth Gate River Run in 47:20 just missing her American Record. And just as everyone predicted (ha ha right), Meb Keflezighi defeated Ryan Hall in a relatively modest 43:39 with Hall about 15 seconds behind.
15k Play by Play

Moses Mosop, Kenya's Best Hope at Worlds

Frank Tickner Makes it a Clean Sweep at European Domestic Winter Titles With English Crown BBC

NY Times Profile on Karl Dusen Who Is Running NY 8k Econ grad with a job. Wejo, minus a decade, plus he was way better in college.

Charles Kamathi and Martin Mathathi Training at National Team Camp in Kenya But they're Not Running worlds BBC

Dwain Chambers Makes Hamburg NFL Europe Team BBC

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