Quite frankly, running fans have been spoiled in October. First there was the London Marathon. Then a pair of world records Valencia. And tomorrow, we get the first (and only) World Championship of 2020 and a showdown between the top two programs in NCAA cross country. Exciting times!
Joshua Cheptegei's attempt to win Saturday's World Half Marathon Championships in Poland in his 13.1-mile debut is just one of several major storylines on what will be a busy day of running. Can Cheptegei's Ugandan countryman Jacob Kiplimo or rising Kenyan star Kibiwott Kandie hand the double WR holder his first L of 2020? Who will win the battle of world record holders in the women's race? Will NAU or BYU come out on top at the OSU Invitational? In just over 24 hours, we'll have answers to all three questions.
Saturday will be terrific, no doubt, but you may want to savor those memories as we're in for a drought. Next week brings the Michigan Pro Ekiden, which should be a fun battle between seven of America's top training groups, but with no NCAA XC champs or NYC Marathon, November is looking pretty barren. All the more reason to set your alarm (or the DVR) for the World Half (5:00 a.m. ET on the Olympic Channel) and enjoy one of the best running days on the 2020 calendar tomorrow.
Four different women have broken the world record in the half marathon in recent years and all four of those women will be running in Gdynia on Saturday, which makes this one of the greatest -- if not the greatest -- half marathon fields ever assembled.
Nine athletes – including recent world champions Christian Coleman, Salwa Eid Naser and Elijah Manangoi – have been suspended for whereabouts failures in 2020, compared to two in all of 2018 and 2019 combined. What’s going on? LRC subscription required to read.
Shumway isn't taking classes this fall so can't travel with BYU's team. Instead, he's driving 2,200 miles round trip to preview the NCAA course. He shared the details of his epic journey with LetsRun.com.