The busiest running weekend of the year has already begun.
This morning, before you had even finished sipping your coffee, Akira Aizawa (27:18.75) and Hitomi Niiya (30:20.44) smashed the Japanese records in Osaka. That was merely Act I in what promises to be an incredible three days of racing.
On Friday and Saturday, there is the Track Meet in California, which will see dozens of Olympic hopefuls such as Shelby Houlihan and Edward Cheserek chasing qualifying standards in the 5k and 10k. Saturday brings the High School XC National Invitational in Lubbock, where young stars Sydney Thorvaldson and Brynn Brown will square off.
And then there's the main course on Sunday: Valencia. The marathon field in the "City of Running" is the deepest of all time; the half marathon is just as intriguing, with Jacob Kiplimo and Kibiwott Kandie renewing their rivalry from the World Half and 10k road WR holder Rhonex Kipruto making his highly-anticipated debut.
For those in the US planning on watching live, we salute you -- most of the action at the Track Meet will take place after midnight ET, while Valencia starts at 2 a.m. ET on Sunday. And if you're not planning on watching live...well, that's what we're here for. Just head to LetsRun.com when you wake up and we'll catch you up. Enjoy the races, everybody!
The depth in Valencia is ridiculous: 25 men under 2:08, 35 under 2:10, 44 under 2:12. Plus there are some real studs running, from 2:02 man Birhanu Legese and Boston/Chicago champ Lawrence Cherono to NYC champ Joyciline Jepkosgei and World Half champ Peres Jepchirchir.
High winds may prevent the world records from falling, but the racing on Sunday in Valencia should be spectacular. Can Kiplimo close out a perfect 2020 with a win, or can Kenyans Kandie & Kipruto take him down?
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