Normally this newsletter goes out on Friday, but we figured you have better things to do tomorrow. So consider this an early Christmas present.
The big event from last week was, of course, the Marathon Project in Arizona, which saw Sara Hall run 2:20:32 to become the second-fastest American woman of all time and Martin Hehir clock 2:08:59 to become the 12th American man under 2:09. In all, seven Americans (shown above) broke 2:10 -- by far the most ever in a single marathon.
It was a terrific day of racing, and most of this week's content focuses on that event, from our race recaps to Jonathan Gault's post-race analysis to our extra-long holiday podcast in which Hall and Hehir both appear as guests. We hope you carve some time out to listen to it -- it's a good one (plus Rojo is back!).
From everyone at LetsRun.com, we hope you have a great (and safe) holiday season. We cannot say this enough, but we are so thankful to those of you who continue to visit the site, read our articles, listen to our podcasts, and post on our messageboard. It means so much to us -- our website is nothing without the best fans in the business. Let's hope there is more to celebrate in 2021!
Having had a few days to reflect back on the race, one must conclude the event was a HUGE success. But that doesn't mean the US marathoning is back. Is Marty Hehir the equivalent of a 13:30 5000 runner?
Hall has had a fall marathon campaign for the ages as after finishing second in London just 11 weeks ago, she's now #2 all-time in the US. Keira D'Amato's amazing 2020 continued as well as she's now #8 all-time in the US at 2:22:56.
After a crushing 12th-place finish at the US Marathon Trials, Scott Fauble was forced to ask himself, “What do I do now?” Watch Scott come face-to-face with self-doubt, an old injury, and the quest for motivation as he set his sights on redemption at The Marathon Project, where he went sub 2:10 (2:09:42) to get his career back on track. The Road Forward is not just Scott’s story, it’s every runner’s story. Presented by Polar. Watch now.Click here for more info.