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Running Twins Dreaming Of Olympic Trials

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Jun. 7, 2013
  • Updated Jun. 7, 2013 at 10:48 AM UTC
Kara (left) and Tara Storage are eying another U.S. Olympic Trials. Photo: Dayton Daily News

Ohio sisters have a lot of things in common.

Kara and Tara Storage aren’t just twins, they’re elite distance runners.

The Dayton Daily News is reporting that the Beavercreek, Ohio competitors are both dreaming of the same thing: qualifying for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon.

They are 31 years old and have been training together since they were girls.

As high school freshmen, they played soccer, but then switched to cross country as sophomores.

Both women went on to run for the University of Dayton (cross country and track) and then in 2008 the twins qualified for the Trials in the 10,000m event, but only Tara was able to compete. Kara had sustained an injury and was on crutches.

Four years later, they moved up to the marathon and both qualified for the 2012 Trials in Houston.

In that race, Kara placed 41st and Tara was right behind her in 42nd. Both runners set PRs there.

“We have a friendly rivalry, but a positive one,” Tara says. “If you have to lose to someone, it’s best to lose to your sister.”

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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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