Both women hope to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Trials marathon next January.
Two women with Olympic dreams in their heads will toe the line at this Saturday’s Myrtle Beach Marathon. For one of the runners, Molly Nunn, this will be her debut marathon. At 27 years of age, she is a former collegiate runner at Wake Forest University. She hopes to run the minimum time required to gain entry in the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials next January in Houston: 2:46:00.
Nunn has been training four years for this marathon.
“There’s a lot of emotion tied to it at this point,” she admits. “So I think [qualifying] would mean that you can set high goals, you can achieve them. … Four years ago when we set this goal, people kind of look at you like you’re crazy.”
The other runner hoping to qualify is 39-year-old Kathleen Castles. However, unlike Nunn, if Castles qualifies in Myrtle Beach, it won’t be her first Olympic Trials. She ran in the 2008 event after clocking a 2:45 marathon in Philadelphia.
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