Each week, two of our contributors or special guests face off in The XC's Top 5 Running Show, dissecting five stories from the week in the world of distance running and track and field. They offer their best and hottest takes in order to score points.

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The panelist with the deepest knowledge and hottest takes will emerge from this five-lap sprint of ideas the victor. The prize? We give them the mic atop the podium to tell us something important or exciting they want to share with you. And seven days of bragging rights, of course.

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This week:

This episode of the Top 5 Running Show pits two-time Top 5 defending champion Alex Cyr against The XC's American correspondent Justin Horneker.

In this episode, they debate:

Dragonfly Dominance?

Days after racing to a 5,000m PB of 13:25, American runner Mason Ferlic had some pretty chosen words about the crazy advantages of the Nike Dragonfly, and what that means for athletes who can't wear them, including "I'll wear them because I'm not an idiot." Is Ferlic right?

Ingebrigtsen's 1,500m final — DQ or nah?

In the European indoor championship 1,500m final, 20-year-old Norwegian superstar Jakob Ingebrigtsen made contact with a competitor, stepped inside the track, and went on win the race. He was disqualified, and then reinstated as champion (race clip below). Was it the right call?

"I don't want any vaccine" - Yohan Blake

When asked about whether or not he would accept a COVID-19 vaccine last week, multiple-time Olympic medalist Yohan Blake told Jamaican media “My mind still stays strong, I don't want any vaccine, I'd rather miss the Olympics than take the vaccine; I am not taking it.” Is it time to make the vaccine a requisite for Olympians who have access to it?

Athlete fakes car crash, misses drug test, gets three-year ban

This week, on "Creative Ways to Miss a Drug Test," Kenyan athlete Nelly Jepkosgei lied about a family member being severely injured in a car crash so that she wouldn't have to get drug tested. She just got banned for three years. Was it a fair punishment?

Nike's Vaporfly Next% 2 is here

Nike announced last week that they are releasing the latest iteration to the Vaporfly: running's version of the Ford Model T. Yeah, the new photos look sleek, but are the Next% 2s going to be much different or better than their predecessor?


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