Shalane Flanagan, Kara Goucher Lead Star-Studded Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Field

Shalane Flanagan (left), Amy Cragg (center) and Kara Goucher will bring star power to San Antonio. Photos:

The Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Marathon and ½ will be filled with star power.

With the U.S. Olympic Trials marathon just 10 weeks away, several top American runners are finding the half marathon in San Antonio to be a well-timed tune-up race. As a result, some of U.S. running’s biggest names will be competing on Sunday, particularly on the women’s side.

Chief among them is Shalane Flanagan, a favorite to make the 2016 Olympic team in the marathon. She will be running the half marathon in San Antonio as part of her training for the Trials on Feb. 13 in Los Angeles.

Flanagan has one of the most decorated resumes among U.S. women—a three-time Olympian, an Olympic bronze medalist in the 10,000m and a marathon PR of 2:21:14, second in U.S. history behind Deena Kastor’s 2:19:36. She won the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Half Marathon in 2011.

Flanagan will be going up against a formidable list of U.S. runners, including:

  • Kara Goucher, who’s coming off a win in the Big Sur Half Marathon and will be racing the half marathon in San Antonio as she continues to build toward the Trials. She’s a two-time Olympian with a 2:24 marathon PR.
  • Amy Hastings Cragg, a 2:27 marathoner and 2012 Olympian in the 10,000m who barely missed the 2012 Olympic team in the marathon. She won the Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Half Marathon earlier this year in 1:12:04.
  • Kellyn Taylor, fresh off a 1:10:59 half marathon at Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia, is also in the running for an Olympic spot. She ran a 2:28:40 at the Houston Marathon in January and is looking to cap off a solid year of racing.

Other American runners include Lindsey Scherf (1:11:45 half marathon PR), Renee Baillie (1:11:51) and Wendy Thomas (1:12:29).

On the men’s side, the half marathon field will include Jeffrey Eggleston, who’s run a 1:02:41 half marathon and is a contender for the 2016 Olympic team in the marathon. He’ll go against Aaron Braun, Justin Young, Tyler McCandless and others.

“I am so excited about both our men’s and women’s fields for the half marathon in San Antonio this weekend,” said Tracy Sundlen, Senior Vice President for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series. “Some of America’s best athletes, including some of the leading contenders for the U.S. Marathon Team in Rio will be testing themselves on the roads of San Antonio in advance of the Olympic Trials in February. The Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Half Marathon has an All-Star history of champions including Shalane and this year’s New York City Marathon winner Stanley Biwott, but this Sunday’s race could really be something special.”

The Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Half Marathon takes runners on a tour of the south Texas city with a start and finish at the Alamodome. The weekend of events also includes a 5K, 10K, marathon and relay. Third Eye Blind is headlining the post-race concert on Sunday.

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