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LetsRun.com's weekly podcast where we go behind the scenes of the professional running, marathoning, and track and field world.

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LetsRun.com's weekly podcast where we go behind the scenes of the professional running, marathoning, and track and field world.

    Alberto Ban Upheld, Cole Hocker Goes Pro, "B" Teamer? King Ches Over Rupp, Jenny Simpson 10 Mile, Niyonsaba WR

    Alberto Ban Upheld, Cole Hocker Goes Pro, "B" Teamer? King Ches Over Rupp, Jenny Simpson 10 Mile, Niyonsaba WR

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    Alberto Salazar's ban was upheld just after taping so we start with an Emergency Pod on that, then @ 13:53 run our normal pod where we break down Cole Hocker going pro, DSD athlete Francine Niyonsaba getting a world record, King Ches beating Galen Rupp, but possibly being a "B" teamer, talk about the lack of diversity at the 5th Avenue Mile, Centro getting a half-mile prime, Jenny Simpson moving up to 10 miles, track stars at the Met Gala, world xc being postponed again and a possibly big doping bust, before ending with a Supporters Club only Rojo's rant.

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    Show notes: (SC members get full time stamps) Emergency Intro: Alberto ban upheld
    13:53 Start of weekly pod
    Rojo $5,000 to Molly Seidel's seat mate
    On Running worth $7.7 billion
    Cheruiyot over Ingebrigtsen in DL final
    Asbel Kiprop to return
    Francine Niyonsaba 2,000m world record
    29:01 Cole Hocker goes pro, Yared Nuguse does not
    Great North Run: Marc Scott over King Chese and Galen Rupp, Is King Ches an "A" teamer? Molly Seidel 7th
    Why hasn't Rupp run NY?
    5th Avenue Mile: Why no Kenyans?
    Post of the Week on Centro winning half mile prime
    Jenny Simpson 10 mile debut
    67:48 Vienna Marathon champ DQd for illegal shoes
    Sha'carri Richardson, Noah Lyles, Allyson Felix at Met Gala
    adidas adizero Road to Records event
    World XC 2022 postponed, could American bid?
    89:53 Jakob Ingebrigtsen ran world XC, why don't the Americans
    Alan Abrahamson's column on Shelby Houlihan
    RaesTV: Big doping bust coming

    Contact us: Email podcast@letsrun.com or call 1-844-LETSRUN and hit option 7 for the secret podcast voicemail.

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    Nike's Big Bet, Guest Paul Kemp, Jordan Hasay's Struggles, Zurich Preview (Diamond League Final)

    Nike's Big Bet, Guest Paul Kemp, Jordan Hasay's Struggles, Zurich Preview (Diamond League Final)

    Paul Kemp, director and producer of Nike's Big Bet, an entertaining doc on Alberto Salazar and Nike is our guest at 54:35. Nike's Big Bet is streaming on Peacock in the US, Sky in the UK, and will be on the CBC on September 17th (list of major countries at bottom of notes).

    Prior to Paul, we preview the Diamond League Final (the Zurich Weltklasse Meet) and discuss Jordan Hasay's struggles, the Tokyo Marathon being cancelled and more. Show notes below.

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    Show notes:


    5:51 New Haven 20k: Jordan Hasay bombs (again)
    15:02 Tokyo Marathon cancelled
    17:38 Ben True Wins, NYC debut next
    25:00 Zurich preview
    29:35 Jakob out of 5k?
    38:38 WR in 1500? Faith Kipyegon vs Sifan Hassan
    42:58 Best chance to win: Courtney Frerichs or Kate Grace?
    54:35 Paul Kemp: Director, Producer of Nike's Big Bet
    67:03 Paul Kemp: Bringing the excitement of track to life in the film
    83:16 Malcolm Gladwell's role in film
    92:14 Why not more women in the film?
    100:50 Kara Goucher
    106:55 Ritz
    111:02 Rojo's secret notes
    112:56 Super shoes
    123:42 Paul's background in running
    127:18 Athletics West, East Germany
    135:22 Safesport ban
    146:18 Mary Cain
    155:18 Does he think Alberto doped athletes?

    Contact us:
    Email podcast@letsrun.com or call 1-844-LETSRUN and hit option 7 for the secret podcast voicemail.

    Join our Supporters Club and taken your running fandom to the highest level.
    Get all the LetsRun.com content, a second podcast every week, savings on running shoes, and a lot more. https://www.letsrun.com/subscribe

    Check out the LetsRun.com store. https://shop.letsrun.com/ We've got the softest running shirts in the business.

    Thanks for listening. Please rate us on itunes and spread the word with a friend. There is a reason we're the #1 podcast dedicated to Olympic level running.

    Major Streaming locations of Nike's Big Bet:

    Canada (CBC) - September 17
    USA (PEACOCK)
    Australia (AMAZON)
    France (ARTE)
    UK (SKY)
    Germany (ZDF)
    Netherlands (NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC)
    South Korea (WATCHA)
    New Zealand (AMAZON)
    Sweden (NORDIC TV)

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    • 2 hr 38 min
    Guest Paul Chelimo + Shelby Houlihan Ruling, 63:43 Half Marathon WR, Ultra records, Booing, Airplane Stories

    Guest Paul Chelimo + Shelby Houlihan Ruling, 63:43 Half Marathon WR, Ultra records, Booing, Airplane Stories

    Paul Chelimo joins us at 80:57 to talk about getting the only male American distance medal in Tokyo, performing well in the big races, his racing tactics, and he's got some tough words for Nicholas Kimeli.

    Prior to that we get you up to speed on the Shelby Houlihan ruling, break down Yalemzerf Yehualaw becoming the first woman to go sub 64 (63:43) in the half marathon, plus talk a little ultra running, discuss Jenny Simpson moving up in distance, and Molly Seidel's airplane story.

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    Show notes: 6:17 Shelby Houlihan ruling out
    23:44 Yalemzerf Yehualaw 63:43 world half marathon record
    33:44 Aleksandr Sorokin breaks Yiannis Kouros's legendary 24 hour record
    38:33 Camille Herron on supershoes
    45:11 Jenny Simpson moves to the 10 mile
    50:51 Molly Seidel's airplane story
    59:35 Booing at track meets
    64:26 HOKA NAZ Elite signs Alex Masai
    69:17 Brussels Diamond League preview
    80:37 Guest Paul Chelimo
    98:32 Chelimo on lack of Kenyan success at 5k
    101:28 Chelimo on Edward Cheserek
    108:39 Overcoming adversity and people not being positive
    114:06 Chelimo on LetsRun saying people going home devastated
    117:45 Chelimo on Nicholas Kimeli - he's a sore loser
    121:47 Chelimo on the Olympic Trials, Grant Fisher and Woody Kincaid
    125:59 Chelimo on nearly coming to blows with Kimeli in 2019

    Contact us:
    Email podcast@letsrun.com or call 1-844-LETSRUN and hit option 7 for the secret podcast voicemail.

    Join our Supporters Club and taken your running fandom to the highest level.
    Get all the LetsRun.com content, a second podcast every week, savings on running shoes, and a lot more. https://www.letsrun.com/subscribe

    Check out the LetsRun.com store. https://shop.letsrun.com/ We've got the softest running shirts in the business.

    Thanks for listening. Please rate us on itunes and spread the word with a friend. There is a reason we're the #1 podcast dedicated to Olympic level running.

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    • 2 hr 10 min
    Pre: 10.54!!!, Sha'Carri DFL, Frerichs Sub 9, Athing Mu GOAT?, Sydney's Cry for RESPECT + Guest Adrian Macdonald (Leadville 100 Champ)

    Pre: 10.54!!!, Sha'Carri DFL, Frerichs Sub 9, Athing Mu GOAT?, Sydney's Cry for RESPECT + Guest Adrian Macdonald (Leadville 100 Champ)

    An incredible Prefontaine Classic is in the books and we try and recap it all. From the sensational 10.54 on the track by Elaine Thompson-Herah, to the DFL and bravado by Sha'Carri Richardson, to Courtney Frerich's becoming the first American to smash the 9 minute barrier, the disappearing act of Matthew Centrowitz.

    Sydney McLaughlin wants some RESPECT and Athing Mu was so damn good, we almost forgot about her in the podcast, but at 88:35 discussed whether she had the best season ever by an American female distance runner at the tender age of 19.

    We end with an interview of LetsRun.com Supporters Club member Adrian Macdonald @ 96:19 who won the Leadville 100 in his first 100 mile race ever. Be like Adrian, be like Des, and join the Supporters Club and get all the insider info from LetsRun.com (and savings on running shoes). https://www.letsrun.com/subscribe Show notes below.

    (Sponsor) The AIRWAAV Performance Mouthpiece is a relatively new training tool that launched late in 2020 after nearly 16 years of research. The AIRWAAV performance mouthpiece fits along your bottom teeth and pushes your jaw just forward enough to create the “optimal airway opening,” resulting in:


    Increased endurance — by reducing respiratory rate by 20%, resulting in less lactic acid production
    Increased strength — by improving muscular endurance
    Faster recovery times — by reducing cortisol build-up by up to 50%

    Click here https://airwaav.com/LR10 and use code LR10 to save 10%.

    Show notes:


    Show notes: 5:22 Elaine Thompson-Herah 10.54
    10:26 Sha'Carri Richardson DFL
    20:37 Sydney McLaughlin's cry for respect vs how Sha'Carri deals with social media
    31:46 Courtney Frerichs Sub 9 steeplechase
    43:08 Men's 2 Mile: Cheptegei over Barega in battle of Olympic champs
    47:50 Bowerman Mile: Ingebrigtsen sizzles, Centro and Timothy Cheruiyot fizzle
    54:06 Noah Lyles, men's 100
    57:18 Track Town a myth? Less than 10,000 people for Pre
    67:59 Cape Town a World Marathon Major?
    71:08 World Juniors and Sasha Zhoya. Nairobi vs Tokyo for Worlds 2025
    85:16 Jenny Simpson big announcement
    88:35 Athing Mu 1:55.04 American record to cap the greatest season ever by an American distance runner?!
    96:19 Adrian Macdonald winner of the Leadville 100 in his first 100 miler

    Week That Was: Our written recap of the week in running

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    • 1 hr 54 min
    Pre Classic w Sha'Carri & Centro, Fall Marathon Majors, Kipchoge To Run in US?!

    Pre Classic w Sha'Carri & Centro, Fall Marathon Majors, Kipchoge To Run in US?!

    The Pre Classic is here and it's got one thing the Olympics didn't have - Sha'carri Richardson. Could Pre also be bigger than the Olympics for Matthew Centrowitz? We break it all down including Sifan Hassan's world record attempt at 5000 and then look at the Fall World Marathon Major Fields and whether Kipchoge could run Boston in the spring.

    Show notes below.

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    Our final Pre preview will come Friday in the Supporters Only "Friday 15" podcast. Join the LetsRun Supporters Club today. Get exclusive content, a private forum, and the softest t-shirts in the business if you become an annual member. http://letsrun.com/subscribe

    Show notes:


    2:21 Salazar building renamed
    5:59 World Juniors and Sasha Zhoya
    14:50 Could Pre be bigger than Olympics for Centro?
    27:12 Ladies' night at Pre: Can Sifan Hassan get the 5k world record? Can she go sub 14:00?
    32:11 Rojo waters down his grading of the Chicago Marathon
    40:13 Tokyo Olympic Distance Grades: A thru F for the US team
    50:37 Sha'Carri Richarsdon, Elant Thompson, SAFP showdown at Pre
    58:24 Who is more likely to go sub 9: Emma Coburn or Courtney Frerichs?
    64:31 Men's 100
    72:29 Most of fall marathon fields announced - Seidel & Women's Olympic team to NY, Does Des Linden have a shot anymore?
    80:00 London Marathon 2022 in the Fall, Does that mean Bekele will do Boston?
    Articles: Tokyo Distance Grades
    Chicago Has 1 International Sub 2:30 Woman
    5 Things to Watch at World Juniors

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    • 1 hr 37 min
    Tokyo 2020 Recap: Favorite Moments, Biggest Disappointments, Biggest Surprises

    Tokyo 2020 Recap: Favorite Moments, Biggest Disappointments, Biggest Surprises

    We look back at the Olympics that almost didn't happen. The track and field action at Tokyo 2020 was incredible. Karsten Warholm, Sydney Mclaughlin, Sifan Hassan, Jakob Ingebrigtsen, and Athing Mu plus some big surprises in Courtney Frerichs and Molly Seidel.


    Show notes: 7:30 Favorite Olympic moments. + Tamberi /Barshim Tie in High Jump
    20:21 Dude who knocked over all the water bottles
    34:50 Michael Johnson's comments/ favorites/ Hassan/ praise for Mo Farah
    60:59 Biggest disappointments
    72:49 Big surprises Parchment/ Seidel more

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    • 1 hr 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
238 Ratings

238 Ratings

elilj73 ,

Entertaining and informative

The guys put on a great podcast. A lot of great information plus they tackle issues traditional media is afraid to talk about. Rojos rants are funny plus it is amusing listening to Jon contract him in his mispronounced names. The takes on upcoming races are always informative.

Crab Colson ,

A must-listen for runners

The personalities and the way they play off each other is what makes this a GREAT listen. The show has re-energized my interest in professional running as I was losing tough w the star runners. Plenty of humour too. Great job guys!

Thelazyshrimp ,

Tone deaf

Blatant disrespect to transgender athletes — no one deserves a medal for actually getting someone’s pronouns right. Additionally we should not have to say people’s birth sex when introducing them. Additionally, if any of their “favourite” athletes fall short or if there’s an upset it’s like these guys moan and complain and try to put the other athletes down. Overall yikes

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