U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials: 12 Runners To Watch

Kara Goucher would love to represent the U.S. in the marathon at next summer's Olympics in London. Photo: PhotoRun.net

Shalane Flanagan

Will Shalane Flanagan be the first woman across the finish line at the Trials? Photo: PhotoRun.net

The Olympic Marathon Trials race will only be Flanagan’s second stab at the distance, but the Marblehead, Mass., native dazzled in her debut, finishing second at the 2010 ING New York City Marathon in 2:28:40. A bronze medalist in the 10,000 meters at the Beijing Games, Flanagan has made it clear that her goal is to once again reach the medal stand in London. She won the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Half Marathon in November in 1:10:49, then took the Latin Music Miami Beach Half Marathon a month later in 1:09:58 at the end of a heavy training week. Although other in the race have more marathon experience, Flanagan is the favorite in Houston.

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