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Racing the Double - an Outsider's View
Posted Monday, March 24th, 2014
By Rich Stiller I have never raced The Double Road Race. I have headed up the course monitors at... Read Article
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DO YOU DOUBLE?
Posted Monday, January 13th, 2014
By David Prokop (Editor, Best Road Races) It is Sunday morning, Dec. 22, 2013 in the attractive San Francisco Bay... Read Article
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Do You Know the Way to San Jose?
Posted Sunday, February 23rd, 2014
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KOSKEI LOWERS HIS OWN WORLD RECORD!
Posted Monday, December 23rd, 2013
By David Prokop Julius Koskei (bib 118) is now a perfect two for two in the Double! He’s run two... Read Article

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Galen Rupp is the Best Ever?
Monday, July 2nd, 2012
Why Galen is going to win a Medal in London!
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by Andres Botero  Galen Rupp is on the forefront of American distance running, proving that with an easy-looking win in the 10,000 meter run.

Rupp, the American record holder, won in 27:25 and led two other men, Matt Tegenkamp and Dathan Ritzenhein, under the old Trials record of 27:36 held by Meb Keflezighi.

Despite running in driving rain, Rupp looked determined to make his first Olympic team.

The most astounding thing about Rupp's run was how he simply dominated the last mile of the race. He surged three laps from the finish and led comfortably all the way home.

Rupp also went on to beat Bernard Lagat in the 5,000 meters for the first time in his career, running a blazing last lap of 52.54.

With these two accolades, Rupp has made a definitive statement to his international competitors; he isn't afraid to run from the front or from the back.

Not only that, he has the wheels to beat anybody in the final sprint of any race.

This year, Rupp has run three A-Standards in three different events: the 1500 at the Occidental High Performance Meet in May, the 5000 at the Prefontaine Classic in June and the 10,000 at the Trials.

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That kind of acceleration and speed is what makes Rupp such a threat for a medal in London.

His range over the middle and distance events helps his chances for a medal in London. He will be facing training partner and current World Champion in the 5,000 and 10,000 runner-up, Mo Farah.

In addition, reigning Olympic Champion Kenenisa Bekele is rounding out into form with a recent 13 minute 5,000 run in the Prefontaine Classic back in June.

Rupp has steadily improved since his days at the University of Oregon, and he seems poised to continue his ascent.

His coach, Alberto Salazar, has left nothing to chance and has Rupp firing on all cylinders. Putting Rupp in multiple races of varying lengths prepares him to run with anybody at any pace.

If anything, Salazar has changed Rupp from a single-gear bike to a humming V-8 engine.

His cerebral coaching style has helped Rupp bridge the gap created by East African runners.

Rupp has a little over a month to add the finishing touches to his training, and given his recent success, Rupp is probably counting the days until the Olympic 10,000 final and his first Olympic medal.