She’ll be joined by her Oregon Track Club Elite teammates.
This Sunday U.S. Olympic bronze medalist and American 10,000-meter record holder Shalane Flanagan will headline the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Half Marathon. She’ll be running the race as a tune-up for January’s Olympic Marathon Trials in Houston, where she hopes to make her second Olympic team.
“I have my heart set on the marathon,” Flanagan said. “I’m putting everything into this. It wouldn’t be the end of the world if I had to represent the United States on the track in London. But, right now, my heart is very much into the marathon, and I really hope to be on that team.”
Flanagan, who finished second in her debut at the 26.2-mile distance last November in New York, won her second U.S. title in the 10,000 meters this past summer in Eugene, Oregon. Her coach, Jerry Schumacher, says, they are taking things one day at a time in preparation for the Trials.
“There are a lot of great athletes out there who can make that team,” said Schumacher. “We’ll just take it a day at a time and hopefully when we get to the line, the fitness will be there to realize the dream she’s talked about.”
In San Antonio, Flanagan will be joined by Oregon Track Club teammates Simon Bairu (62:08 personal record), Brent Vaughn (62:04 PR) and Tim Nelson (62:11 PR).
Last year’s Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Half Marathon champion, Scott MacPherson, will return to defend his title. On the women’s side, Tera Moody, who represented the U.S. in the marathon at the world championships this past summer in debut, will compete in the half marathon.
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