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Ten American Runners to Watch in 2013

  • By Mario Fraioli
  • Published Jan. 7, 2013
Spence after winning the Zatopek 10K in Australia. Photo: The Official Hansons-Brooks Original Distance Project Facebook Page

Neely Spence

Spence comes from good genes, but she’s got some serious skills and work ethic of her own, too. The daughter of Steve Spence, the bronze medalist in the 1991 world championships marathon, Neely followed up a record-setting Division II collegiate career at Shippensburg with a solid professional debut season for the Hansons-Brooks squad in 2012. The 22-year-old Spence was runner-up at last year’s U.S. 5K championships in Providence, and placed third at the 10K championships in Boston. Most recently, she competed as part of the U.S. team at the Chiba Ekiden Relay in Japan this past December, and followed that with a win at the Zatopek 10,000m run in Melbourne, Australia, making her the first American woman to win the event. As much as any young runner in America, Spence seems destined for greatness.

Follow her on Twitter @neelyhspence

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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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