Flanagan Talks About Dash To Finish 5K

Shalane Flanagan says the forthcoming 5K is a good break from the marathon. Photo: www.photorun.net

The race takes place in Central Park the day before the NYC Marathon.

Yesterday, American Olympic bronze medalist Shalane Flanagan sat down with reporters in a Google+ Hangout hosted by the New York Road Runners to talk about racing.

Specifically, Flanagan was there to discuss her plans and prospects for the NYRR Dash to the Finish Line 5K that kicks off on Nov. 2.

“It’s been a motivating factor throughout my fall,” she said of the race. “Seeing the names yesterday [on the pro entry list], it gave a little incentive to everything and a little more purpose to everything I do over these next couple of weeks.”

The race kicks off the day before that city’s marathon and features 11 Olympians, including Flanagan.

“My coach and I felt it was the best thing for me to take a little break away from the really hard, rigorous training of marathoning,” she admitted.

On the men’s side, U.S. 3000-meter steeplechase record holder Evan Jager will be one of the top prospects.

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