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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.

Cheptegei photo © Dan Vernon for World Athletics
2020 World Half Previews
Men's Preview: Joshua Cheptegei Debuts vs. the Next Great Kenyan Kibiwott Kandie
Cheptegei will try to become just the second man in history to win global titles on the road, track, and cross country.
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Women’s Preview: Is This The Greatest Women’s Half Marathon Field in History?
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.
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LRC Deep Dive
2020 Has Been the Year of Whereabouts Failures. Why?
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.
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The OSU Invitational Is Saturday
The Best NCAA XC Meet of 2020 Is on Saturday at Oklahoma State
The top three men's teams at NCAAs last year -- BYU, NAU, and Colorado -- will all be in Stillwater this weekend, along with a revamped OK State team. Jonathan Gault previews the action.
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How (And Why) BYU All-American Clayson Shumway Is Driving 18 Hours To Race This Weekend at Oklahoma State
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.
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NCAA Names Hosts of All NCAA Championships Through 2025-2026
Some new hosts are on the list as Missouri will host the NCAA XC champs for the first time in 2025 and UVA will host for the first time since 1987 in 2023. Norfolk State and Virginia Beach will also host NCAA indoors for the first time in 2025.
*MB: UVA to host NCAA D1 cross country national meet
*MB: NCAAs at Hayward Field 2024-2027
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