LetsRun.com Weekly
WR x2
In the last seven days, a man ran 26:11 for 10,000 meters, a woman ran 14:06 for 5,000 meters, and Eliud Kipchoge was beaten in a marathon. Pretty quiet week, huh?

The running world is still trying to make sense of the first two performances. World records that stood for 15 and 12 years, respectively, were brushed away on one night in Valencia. And while Joshua Cheptegei and Letesenbet Gidey are undoubtedly enormous talents, the celebrations had barely begun before the questions started -- about the Wavelight pacing technology, which allowed them to rip off mechanically precise splits, and, more pressingly, about Nike's Dragonfly spikes, which have produced a swarm of fast times despite the COVID-shortened season.

Those are fair topics of discussion, of course. But, to extend last week's analogy a little further, it feels a little like a kid complaining about the present they just received on Christmas morning. We were just given a gift of a world-class track meet with two remarkable performances, beamed live around the world for free on YouTube. That's a major accomplishment for a sport that too often shoots itself in the foot.

We're not here to silence opinions -- it seems likely that the benefits of Nike's Dragonflys will be a hot topic of discussion as we head into an Olympic year. But it's possible to hold such discussions while also acknowledging that Gidey and Cheptegei are special runners, and what went down on Wednesday in Valencia was a special night for the sport. We hope you enjoyed it.
Breaking Down NN Valencia WR Day
8 Takeaways After Cheptegei and Gidey Smash World Records in Valencia
Cheptegei went 13:07 - 13:03 to set the new 10,000 mark and wipe Kenenisa Bekele from the record books while Gidey, who hadn't won a 5000 race in four years, broke Tirunesh Dibaba's 5000 world record.
Read More
David Monti recaps the action from Valencia on Wednesday.
Save College Track!
Op-Ed: College Track and Field (and Women’s Sports) Is Under Attack at The University of Minnesota
Minnesota alum John Simons '14 explains why the cuts at Minnesota could be the tip of the iceberg for collegiate track if the Board of Regents votes to confirm the school is cutting men's track on Friday.
Read More
2020 London Marathon Coverage
Eliud Kipchoge Lost a Marathon – What Happened?
For the first time in over seven years, Eliud Kipchoge was beaten in a marathon. Here's how it happened.
Read More
Shura Kitata Snaps Eliud Kipchoge’s 10-Race Win Streak to Win 2020 London Marathon
With a half-mile left, 4 men were still battling it out for the win. With 200 meters to go, it was a 3-way sprint finish. Shockingly, none of those men was Eliud Kipchoge.
Read More
Brigid Kosgei DOMINATES 2020 London Marathon, American Sara Hall Shocks Field To Finish Second
Kosgei winning convincingly may not have been a shock but the name of the second-place finisher sure was: Sara Hall.
Read More
American Sara Hall Runs The Race Of Her Life To Finish 2nd in 2020 London Marathon In 2:22:01
An American hadn't finished in the top 3 in London since 2006.
Read More
Running Potpourri
OK State Coach Dave Smith Is Pumped About His New $25 Million XC Course
The course in Stillwater hosted the Cowboy Jamboree last weekend, will host the OSU Invite next weekend, and is slated to host NCAAs in March.
Read More
Foot Locker Cross Country National Championships Cancelled
This is the first year without a Foot Lockers since the meet was established in 1979.
Read More
Don't Lose Your Fall Racing Season
Want to Get Faster? LetsRun.com Will Teach You How
Has COVID-19 cancelled your fall racing season? We're here for you. 

Sign up now for our Fall Training Program & Virtual Race Package led by the LetsRun.com team, including coaching guru John Kellogg. Click below to learn more.
Read More
Today's Top Threads