Shalane Flanagan Eschews Retirement For 2018 Boston Marathon

Pump the brakes: 36-year-old Shalane Flanagan has at least one more marathon in her, as Boston Marathon title sponsor John Hancock announced today that the four-time Olympian will compete once again in her hometown race in 2018.

This fall, Flanagan contemplated retirement after becoming the first American woman to win the New York City Marathon since 1977. The victory was her first major marathon title.

"Boston's always in my heart," she said in an interview before New York. "New York and Boston, to me, are magical marathons and that's why I've always chosen [to race here] . . . I would have to consider, obviously, if I were in the unbelievable position of winning [New York] . . . whether I were to go back to Boston. But I'm acting like this is it; this is all I've got. I'm not thinking about saving anything for the future. If I need to break a leg in the race in order to win, I will do anything I possibly can to put myself in to have that chance."

The Marblehead, Massachusetts, native competed at Boston three times in 2013 (2:27:08/fourth), 2014 (2:22:02/fifth), and 2015 (2:27:47/ninth).

Her competition at the 121st annual event will be tough. Defending champion Edna Kiplagat will be back — though the 38-year-old was just fourth behind Flanagan in New York. The men's defending champion, Geoffrey Kirui, will also return.

John Hancock also announced the rest of the American fields today, which will include the Nike Oregon Project's Galen Rupp (runner-up at Boston 2017; Chicago champion) and Jordan Hasay (third at Boston 2017), plus Desi Linden (2011 Boston runner-up), Molly Huddle (third at 2016 NYC), Deena Kastor (American record holder, 2004 Olympic bronze medalist), Dathan Ritzenhein (three-time Olympian), and Abdi Abdirahman (third at 2016 NYC).



The last American woman to win Boston was Lisa Larsen Weidenbach (now Rainsberger) in 1985.

The Best Track And Field Athlete From Every NCAA Tournament School

The 2019 NCAA DI Men’s Basketball Tournament begins this week, and in honor of March Madness we’ve selected the best track and field athlete— past or present— from each of the tournament’s 68 schools (minus Old Dominion, who does not have a track team; get a track team Old Dominion). Some of the names below are NCAA track and field legends from major programs. Others on this list never even qualified for the NCAA Championships. The 68 here ran the gamut, from Olympic heroes to mere school record holders.

Why LetsRun Is Wrong & USATF Is Right About Olympic Qualifying

Last week, the IAAF announced its new qualification process for the 2020 Olympic Games, which included tougher entry standards and new computerized world rankings. The reaction was intense as some media outlets painted an apocalyptic worldview for U.S. athletics. In reality, it’s not that dramatic.

Cal Coach Tony Sandoval To Retire

Tony Sandoval, the director of track and field and cross country at Cal, will retire at the conclusion of the outdoor season. Sandoval spent 37 years at the university, beginning as the head women’s coach in 1982. 

Six Reasons We're Looking Forward To The NCAA Outdoor Track Season

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FloTrack To Stream 2019 Boston Marathon In Europe

AUSTIN, Texas — March 18, 2019 — Today, FloSports, the innovator in live digital sports and original content, and the Boston Athletic Association, announced a partnership to provide live and on-demand coverage of the 2019 Boston Marathon on FloTrack.com exclusively in over 40 European countries. 

Ethiopia's Belay Tilahun, Not Included In Elite Field, Wins NYC Half

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Linden, Chelimo Ready for United Airlines NYC Half On Sunday

The United Airlines NYC Half is often considered a springboard to future goals for elite runners, but that's doesn't mean they take the event lightly. American Olympians Des Linden and Paul Chelimo are approaching next Sunday's race as a critical competition, even as they use their trip to New York as an important test for upcoming targets.

Grant Holloway Is Very Close To Being The Best Hurdler In The World

Holloway After 60mH AR & 60m Title

It’s tempting to view what Grant Holloway did over the weekend at the NCAA Indoor Championships-- 7.35 American record in the 60m hurdles and a 6.50 60m victory, plus third place finishes in the long jump and 4x400m-- as a man at the peak of his powers. But for an athlete with medal potential at October’s World Championships, the Florida superstar may only be scratching the surface of his ceiling in 2019.

House Of Run: Which Diamond League Events Are Getting Dropped?

Jason and Kevin discuss the exploits of Grant Holloway and Morgan McDonald at the NCAA Indoor Championships, the revamped 2020 Olympic qualifying standards, the Diamond League cutting events and losing to people wearing costumes.

The Challenge Of Doubling, Irrelevant Seed Times & Other NCAA Takeaways

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Grant Holloway stole the show, while Florida and Arkansas walked away with team titles. But what were some of the other takeaways from Birmingham?