Mother Of Three Dreams To Make Olympic Team

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Jan. 14, 2011
  • Updated Jan. 14, 2011 at 7:49 AM UTC

She hadn’t even run a marathon until last year.

Victoria Russell from Spokane, Washington is out to do something big: make the U.S. Olympic team. The mother of three ran a 2:48:54 at last October’s Chicago Marathon. Her time is just 1:54 over the 2:47 Olympic Trials standard. “I’m going to try to it,” she announced.

At 38 years of age, Russell finds it unusual racing with women over a decade younger than her. “It’s very interesting to attend races when I feel like I’m kind of the grandma on the block,” she said.

An amazing aspect of Victoria’s marathon performance is that until last year, she had never even trained to race 26.2 miles. “Yeah, I just went out and did it and then I won.  So, I tried it again in Missoula three months later and broke the course record [there] by 15 minutes.  I just realized I had a knack for it, I guess,” she said.

Her next race is this weekend at P.F. Changs Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon where she is hoping to qualify for the Olympic Marathon Trials in Houston next January.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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