We know yesterday was the day for giving thanks, but this newsletter goes out on Fridays, so we're doing it today.
We're thankful at plenty here at LetsRun.com. We're thankful for the front-liner workers who have risked their health for the rest of us throughout this pandemic. We're thankful for the scientists working toward a vaccine that is (hopefully) on the way. We're thankful for the race organizers, coaches and elite athletes (such as Keira D'Amato, above) who have worked to put on events so that we still have a chance to follow this wonderful sport of ours. And we're thankful to you, our readers, for visiting LetsRun.com every day and being part of our community.
So however you celebrated Thanksgiving yesterday -- perhaps preceded by a solo turkey trot -- we hope you had a great holiday. And if you were too busy to check out the stories we pumped out this week (the running world never stops!), well, that's what this newsletter is for.
CJ Albertson has become the king of ridiculous long runs, from his 50,000m world best on the track to his 37-mile run at 5:56 pace on his treadmill. But Albertson, who is targeting a pb at the Marathon Project, is keeping things in perspective: "When I line up December 20, it’s like, who cares?"
The race course has been modified due to Covid-19 and is expected to run faster. $178,000 is on the line. The women's race features the half marathon and marathon WR hodlrs in Brigid Kosgei and Ababel Yeshaneh while the men's race will serve as the debut for Muktar Edris.
Mark your calendars, the February 19 race is something athletics fans can get excited about. The marathon WR holder Brigid Kosgei vs. the half marathon WR holder in Ababel Yeshaneh headline the women's race. For the men, we get a replay of gold vs silver from World Half in Jacob Kiplimo vs. Kibiwott Kandie. Every time Yeshaneh and Kosgei have raced so far, one of them has broken the WR. And Sara Hall of the US is making the trip.