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Kara Goucher Splits From Alberto Salazar

  • By Mario Fraioli
  • Published Oct. 5, 2011
  • Updated Mar. 15, 2012 at 5:09 PM UTC
Kara Goucher finished fifth at the 2011 Boston Marathon in a personal best 2:24:52--only 6 months after giving birth to her first child.

No word yet on the marathoner’s next move.

Kara Goucher finished fifth at the 2011 Boston Marathon in a personal best 2:24:52--only 6 months after giving birth to her first child. Photo: PhotoRun.net

Updated: Wednesday, 1:43 PM PST

According to a report by OregonLive.com‘s Ken Goe, Kara Goucher has parted ways with the Oregon Project and coach Alberto Salazar.

“We can confirm that Kara Goucher has decided to make a change in coaches. We wish her all the best and continued success as an all-time great distance runner,” said a text message from Salazar.

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Goucher, who most recently finished 13th in the 10,000 meters at the world championships in Daegu, South Korea, has been under Salazar’s guidance since 2007. In that time, she won a bronze medal in the 10,000 at the 2007 World Championships in Osaka, Japan, and has placed no worse than 10th in the four marathons she’s contested (third at New York in 2008, third at Boston in 2009, tenth at the World Championships in 2009, fifth at Boston in 2011).

After the most recent world championships Goucher took some time off from training to let a hip injury heal, but has resumed running over the past couple weeks.

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Goucher wrote on her Facebook page Wednesday: “As some of you may have already read, Alberto and I are no longer working together. He has been a vital part of my running career and life, and helped me to achieve many of my goals. However, we both felt it was time to go in separate directions. I do not yet know what my future coaching situation will be, but I look forward to exploring the next chapter in my running career.”

It is uncertain at this time if she and her husband Adam–both University of Colorado graduates–will relocate from their current base of Portland, Oregon.

For More: OregonLive.com

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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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