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Cross country in the Olympics?
304 days.

That's how long it's been since Donavan Brazier last raced an 800 outdoors. You might remember it: on October 1, 2019, in the Khalifa Stadium, Brazier ran 1:42.34 to break Johnny Gray's 34-year-old American record and become the first American to win a world title at 800.

We've had to wait a long time to see Brazier toe the line for an 800 outdoors in 2020, but tonight that drought ends: he will race two laps in Oregon as part of the Big Friendly 3, which you can stream live for free on Tracklandia's YouTube page 10:50 p.m. ET (it's a Friday, so you can stay up for this one, East Coasters).

That's not the only race we'll be watching closely tonight. The women's 800 (Nia AkinsChanelle PriceBrenda Martinez) and men's 1500 (Josh KerrCraig EngelsSam PrakelHassan MeadEric Avila) also feature star-studded fields. And nearby, the Bowerman Track Club will be targeting American and world records for the 4x1500 (USATF.TV, 11 p.m. ET).

But with all due respect to those other fine athletes, it's Brazier we're most excited about. After following up his world title with an American record indoors and a 3:35 1500 outdoors where he looked to be jogging for the first three laps, Brazier's ceiling has officially been removed. He's 23 years old, in his prime, and anything is possible when he steps on the track. We can't wait to see what he does.
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"Summer miles lead to fall smiles." It's a cliche because it's true. The summer is a critical opportunity to put in the work that leads to breakout results in the fall, winter, and spring racing seasons.

Now with the help of, high school and college runners can make their dreams become reality. LetsRun's Robert Johnson (2:23 marathon pb, 13 Ivy League team titles as Cornell distance coach), Weldon Johnson (28:06 10k pb, two-time Team USA member), and coaching guru John Kellogg are sharing their knowledge with the Summer Training Program. You'll get a customized 10-12 week training plan, helpful running tips, and exclusive discounts on shoes and gear. Click below to learn more.
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