Flanagan was fourth at the 2013 Boston Marathon in 2:27:08.
Shalane Flanagan has made no bones about her goal for next Monday’s Boston Marathon. She’s in it to win it.
In a 13-minute segment called “Hometown Favorite” on 60 Minutes on Sunday night, Flanagan, who grew up outside of Boston in Marblehead, Mass., said she’s never focused on a single race so much in career as she has for this year’s Boston Marathon.
“It’s my ultimate dream and goal to win the Boston Marathon,” Flanagan said. “I am all-in with this training. I have been out on the course, training on it, multiple times this fall. And I know almost every divot and bump in the road.”
The 32-year-old Flanagan earned the bronze medal in the 10,000-meter run at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. She made her marathon debut in New York in 2010, finishing second in 2:28:40. She won the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon in Houston (2:25:38) and then placed 10th in the event at the 2010 Olympics in 2:25:51. Last summer, back on the track, she placed eighth in the world championships in the 10,000-meter run.
Although they’ve long since divorced, Flanagan’s parents were both competitive runners who met while training in Boulder, Colo., in the late 1970s. Her mother, Cheryl Trewogy, competed in the World Cross Country Championships five times and set a marathon world record in 1971 (2:49:40 at the Culver City Marathon while competing under he maiden name, Cheryl Bridges). Her father, Steve Flanagan, also competed for the U.S. at the World Cross Country Championships and was a 2:18 marathoner. He finished 23rd in the 1980 Boston Marathon in 2:20:42.
Flanagan ran the Boston Marathon for the first time in 2013, finishing fourth in 2:27:08, 43 seconds behind winner Rita Jeptoo from Kenya.
Anderson Cooper: “To you, winning the Boston Marathon would be bigger than winning an Olympic medal?”
Shalane Flanagan: “Yeah. You could say, ‘Here, Shalane, you have an Olympic medal, or you could win the Boston Marathon.’ A no-brainer to me would be winning the Boston Marathon.”
The entire segment is available online at the link below, as well as two additional outtakes about the importance of Patriots’ Day in Boston and Flanagan’s ability to push through pain during races.