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Years After Giving Birth Dot McMahan Running Strong

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Oct. 25, 2011
  • Updated Oct. 25, 2011 at 9:45 AM UTC
Dot McMahon is hoping to make the U.S. Olympic Team in January. Photo: Detroit Free Press

She has been tearing up the roads lately.

Dot McMahon is hoping to make the U.S. Olympic Team in January. Photo: Detroit Free Press

With all the focus on Hansons-Brooks athlete Desiree Davila this past year (thanks to her second-place finish at the Boston Marathonin April), one fellow Rochester Hills, Michigan runner may be getting overlooked: Dot McMahan. A mother of a a two-year-old, Elizabeth, the 34-year-old McMahan is heading into the U.S. Olympic Trials in January with the 12th-fastest qualifying time.

At the Grandma’s Marathon this summer, McMahan put forth the best marathon of her career, clocking 2:3148 and taking a full three minutes off her PR.

Her season outside the marathoning realm has been equally impressive. Two weeks ago at the U.S. 10-Mile Championships, McMahan ran 55:39–good for ninth overall. Last May, she placed second at the U.S. 25K Championships.

“She’s making real steady progress,” said Keith Hanson, one of her coaches. “It’s a loaded field, but there’s a lot of things that can happen. Although it looks like there’s a field where three stand out, there’s a possibility where one or two might not choose to run, and it opens up the field for someone in Dot McMahan’s level.”

From: Detroit Free Press

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com 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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