A Healthy Brett Gotcher Looking Forward To The Trials

Bret Gotcher hopes to use the Wharf to Wharf race to get himself into shape. Santa Cruz Sentinel for the U.S. Olympic Trials next year. Photo

Bret Gotcher used the Wharf to Wharf race over the weekend to get himself into shape for the U.S. Olympic Trials next year. Photo: Santa Cruz Sentinel

He had been sidelined due to a hip injury.

Elite American runner Brett Gotcher is back. The Aptos, California native and Stanford University graduate returned to his home turf over the weekend to compete in the 39th Wharf to Wharf in Santa Cruz–his ninth showing at the race.

Gotcher was among 15,000 runners who took part in the 6-mile competition. He ended up placing fourth.

Gotcher says he was using the race to help him prepare for the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in Houston next January. He has already qualified to take part in the race, but is hoping to make his first Olympic team by finishing in the top three.

“The big thing for me is the Olympic Marathon trials in January. I’m working backward from that,” said Gotcher “The Wharf to Wharf is going to kick it off on the right foot for me heading into this winter.” Gotcher had sat out much of the spring and early summer due to a hip injury.

On the women’s side, Magdalena Lewy Boulet, a 2008 Olympian, won by over a minute.

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