It was just his third marathon.
At mile 11 of the Kaiser Permanente Napa Valley Marathon this past weekend, Chris Mocko found himself in a position most competitve runners dream of. Both of his main rivals in the race had already dropped out–one of which, Kevin Pool, had hopes of running under 2:20. It was essentially Mocko’s race to lose.
“I had never been in that position before,” said Mocko. “Going in, we knew about Kevin [Pool] and his hopes to go for the Olympic Trials. I knew I wasn’t capable of running that fast. Going out a little bit slower made sense to me. I was definitely hurting that last six miles or so. Somebody told me it was supposed to be downhill, but it sure did not feel like that.”
Mocko is a former cross country and track runner at Stanford University. He broke the tape in 2:27:02 and received his weight in wine as a reward. Another bonus for Mocko: The race was held on his 25th birthday.
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