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Somers Smith Named USATF Athlete Of The Week

  • By Mario Fraioli
  • Published Oct. 6, 2010

Former Olympian sets U.S. 45-49 half marathon record at Rock ‘n’ Roll San Jose.

Fresh off her second-place, 1:13:31 finish at this past Sunday’s Rock ‘n’ Roll San Jose Half Marathon, Linda Somers Smith has been named the USA Track & Field Athlete of The Week.

Finishing 1 minute and 36 seconds seconds behind 2008 U.S. Olympian Blake Russell, Somers Smith, who represented the U.S. in the marathon at the 1996 Games in Atlanta, shattered Colleen De Reuck’s pending U.S. 45-49 age group half marathon record by almost three minutes.

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Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli is a senior editor at Competitor magazine. A cross-country All-American at Stonehill College in 2003, he now coaches the Prado Women's Racing Team in San Diego and was the men's marathon coach for Costa Rica's 2012 Olympic team. His first book, The Official Rock 'n' Roll Guide To Marathon & Half-Marathon Training (VeloPress, 2013) is available in bookstores, running shops and online.

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