Shalane Flanagan To Appear On ’60 Minutes’

Shalane Flanagan returns to Boston after finishing fourth in 2013. Photo: www.photorun.net

The Massachusetts native will talk about training for her second Boston Marathon in the wake of last year’s bombings

Shalane Flanagan will appear on Sunday’s “60 Minutes” show as she prepares to run the Boston Marathon on April 21.

According to Runner’s World, Flanagan chats with Anderson Cooper about training for the annual race from Hopkinton to Boston. Cooper follows Flanagan in both Boston and Portland, Ore.

A Massachusetts native, Flanagan made her Boston debut last year and placed fourth.

Triathlete, marathoner, and ultra marathoner Coleman Cowan produced the “60 Minutes” piece, and he told Runner’s World he will run Boston for the third straight year in less than two weeks.

“The first two—the heat of 2012 and the bombs last year—gave me good reason to return,” Cowan said. “This year I’m hoping for a smooth, safe race for everyone, which I’m sure will be the case. I’ll also be wondering how Shalane’s doing.”

Cowan said he was impressed at Flanagan’s work ethic as she aims to improve on last year’s finish.

“She’s done absolutely everything she could possibly do to put herself in position to win Boston,” Cowan said. “She’s got more focus and drive than I’ve ever seen in an athlete. She has an incredible desire to win the marathon for her home community and all it suffered last year.”

The 12-minute segment captures Flanagan during training runs on a Portland trail and on part of the Boston Marathon course. It also talks about how the marathon has recovered after last year’s bombings. The show is scheduled to air at 7 p.m. ET.

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