Tag: US Olympic Marathon Trials
Ryan Vail’s first ever marathon was at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials. He took 11th and ran 2:12:43. He now has three marathons under his belt – he was recently the first American at the ING New York City Marathon – and a personal best of 2:11:45.
Imagine growing up as a runner – like Amy Hastings – and having posters of your heroes – like Deena Kastor – on your wall. Now imagine moving to Mammoth and actually getting to train with your hero – and a collection of other running legends – on a daily basis.
Desiree Davila ran her first marathon in 2007 in Boston and went 2:44:56. How much has she improved? At the 2011 Boston Marathon she ran the third fastest marathon for an American woman in history with a 2:22:38 and finished a mere two seconds off of the win. How does someone go from 2:44 to 2:22 in the span of four years and also qualify for the 2012 US Olympic Marathon Team? Desi’s formula is pretty damn simple: Talent, dedication, perseverance, and patience.
2:04:58 marathoner Ryan Hall just made his second US Olympic Marathon team in Houston last weekend. This morning we discussed his thoughts on the course and the race and his plans for the lead up to London.
Adam Goucher won the 1993 Footlocker National High School Championship, the 1998 NCAA Cross Country Championship and made the 5,000 meter finals at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. But for a big part of his career since then, Adam has struggled with injuries and in the past few years he really started to question his love for the sport. He is now healthy and happy, and next weekend at the Rock ’n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon, he is hoping to run sub-65 minutes and qualify for the 2012 Olympic Marathon Trials in Houston.
How many runners out there have run a 2:17 marathon to qualify for the US Olympic Marathon Trials and also run the infamous Comrades Ultra Marathon in South Africa-he took 11th- and the 135 mile Adventure Corps Badwater Ultramarathon across Death Valley-he took third-…. all in the same summer? Michael Wardian also runs marathons dressed up as Spiderman and has set world records while pushing one of his kids in a Baby Jogger. LOVE this guy!