Meet The Owner Of Track's Most Brutal Event

Here’s Kenyan steeplechaser Ezekiel Kemboi after winning that 3,000-meter barrier-and-pond race at the Track and Field World Championships in Beijing. This was his seventh gold or silver World Championship performance. He’s got two Olympic golds at home in the drawer, stacks of others too, and, wonder on top of… » 8/31/15 7:45pm Yesterday 7:45pm

The IAAF's New President Is On Nike's Payroll

Brit Sebastian Coe, better known to friends and family as Lord Coe, was voted in as the president of the International Association of Athletics Federations over the only other contender, Russian Sergey Bubka. For the past eight years, Coe has been an IAAF vice-president, and also takes credit for putting on the 2012… » 8/20/15 2:59pm 8/20/15 2:59pm

Why Running Is A Huge Challenge For Somali Women

In June of 2013, Fadumo ran a half-marathon. Despite warm temperatures, she ran in a head scarf, long-sleeve shirt, pants and a knee-length skirt over the pants. Fadumo is Somali, and like 99 percent of Somalis, she is Muslim. She effused about how fit and healthy she felt, how proud for making it the whole 13.1… » 8/18/15 11:15am 8/18/15 11:15am

Dutee Chand's Victory is Not A Victory For Fairness

The Court of Arbitration for Sports, the final word on disputes in Olympic sports, threw out the baby with the bathwater. I’m talking about the recent CAS decision to allow Indian sprinter Dutee Chand (above) to compete again. Chand was banned from competition last year because she is hyperandrogenic—her body… » 8/17/15 11:15am 8/17/15 11:15am

Nike Exec: “I’m Gonna Fuckin’ Kill You”

On Wednesday, website LetsRun.com published a University of Oregon Police Department report of an incident on June 25 in a field just west of Hayward Field. It was around 7 p.m., toward the end of the first day of the USA Track and Field national championships, and coach Danny Mackey was sitting with one on his… » 8/14/15 6:00am 8/14/15 6:00am

Nike Global Director Of Athletics Threatens To Kill A Brooks Coach

Read this LetsRun article about Nike global director of athletics John Capriotti, red-faced and trailing a retinue of Nike lackeys, threatening to kill Brooks coach Danny Mackey for unknown reasons, and toss lightly with this episode of Alberto Salazar, red-faced and trailing a retinue of Nike lackeys, and you get a… » 8/13/15 6:32pm 8/13/15 6:32pm

Nick Symmonds Left Off Worlds Team For Not Signing Himself Over To Nike

Two-time 800-meter Olympian Nick Symmonds qualified for the 2015 World Championships team by winning the U.S. Championship in June, but he’s off the team. Symmonds refused to sign the USA Track & Field contract requiring Team USA members to wear only Nike-branded gear at all “official” (and the quotation marks are… » 8/10/15 2:30pm 8/10/15 2:30pm

Oops, She Did It Again: Dibaba Sets World Record At 1500 Meters

Ethiopian Genzebe Dibaba crushed a field of the world’s best women in the 1500 meter business yesterday, July 17th, at a Diamond League meet in Monaco. She scorched the three-and-a-half lap race in 3:50.07, shaving nearly half a second off Qu Yunxia’s 22-year-old mark of 3:50.46 and improving her own previous best by… » 7/18/15 5:50pm 7/18/15 5:50pm

Five Tips To Avoid Getting Kidnapped At Gunpoint In Costa Rica

I’m going to share with you some tips on how not to be kidnapped at gunpoint in Santa Cruz, Costa Rica and never be seen intact again. Didacticism coming at you—I’mma use every Spanish word I learned in my one-week trip to that scenic country, thereby proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that ignorance was not an asset… » 7/16/15 8:45pm 7/16/15 8:45pm

U.S. Steeplechase Runner Evan Jager Eats It, Triumphs

On the Fourth of July in Paris, Evan Jager did something perfect. The 26-year-old American lined up for a 3,000-meter steeplechase against nearly all of the best steeplers in the world, and over the first five minutes of the race, he joined Kenyan stud Jairus Birech in running away from the entire field. There was… » 7/06/15 5:15pm 7/06/15 5:15pm

US Track & Field Championships Simmering Til Done

Eugene, Ore., where the USA Track & Field National Championship is underway, is gripped in a heat wave. The steamy conditions produce a nice muscle-loosening affect on athletes whose events last less than 60 seconds, but it’s been less accommodating for the distance events. The preliminary rounds of the women’s… » 6/27/15 4:15pm 6/27/15 4:15pm

Ben True Wants To Show Americans Can Win At Distance Without Doping

Remember defeatism? It was very popular around 2000 in distance running. People going around slumping, saying, “We suck. We’ll never beat those East Africans.” No? Neither does Ben True. Or at least, like a bad haircut, he considers defeatism a historic artifact, one that he’s had a hand in, well, defeating. Most… » 6/23/15 4:07pm 6/23/15 4:07pm

How An Implausible Runner And A Tiny Track Club Conquered The 800 Meters

On June 13, 2014, 21-year-old Boris Berian got up early, put on a red and yellow uniform with a name tag and started his shift at the McDonald’s inside a Walmart in Colorado Springs. He’d dropped out of college, and was staying with a friend. Berian was an 800-meter runner; his best for the two-lap race was one… » 6/19/15 4:10pm 6/19/15 4:10pm

America's 800-Meter Savior Has Finally Arrived

Prepare to brag, women’s 800 meter fans. Talk some smack with your Kenyan and Russian friends, because this is the year the U.S. women’s dynasty begins for real. You won’t get hung out to dry like those other times, I swear—we got people who are going to back you up, namely Ajee Wilson who will be kicking ass and… » 6/12/15 2:55pm 6/12/15 2:55pm