Training partners Shalane Flanagan and Amy Cragg are preparing for the Olympic marathon in Rio—and there’s only one race on their calendar between now and then.
The two confirmed that they will run the Suja Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Half Marathon on June 5th as a training tune-up for the Olympics. It will be the only tune-up race they will do before heading to Rio for the marathon on August 14.
The pair ran Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio last December as a tune-up before the Olympic Trials marathon.
“We’re so excited to run another Rock ‘n’ Roll half marathon as part of our buildup on the road to Rio,” Cragg said. “Racing at the San Antonio half before the Olympic Trials gave us an opportunity to work together and test our fitness. We are looking forward to pushing ourselves again, this time in San Diego.”
Flanagan and Cragg are teammates sponsored by Nike, and have trained together since the build-up for the Olympic Trials marathon in February. In that race, the two broke away from the pack early on, only to see Flanagan struggle in the final two miles on a hot day in Los Angeles. Cragg desperately tried to encourage Flanagan to keep up, but in the last mile with Desiree Linden and Kara Goucher approaching, Cragg went off on her own and won the race in 2:28:20. Flanagan held on and finished third to make her fourth Olympic team. Linden, Cragg’s college teammate at Arizona State, finished second.
“Rock ‘n’ Roll was our good luck charm on the way to LA, so hopefully it will have the same effect this time,” Flanagan said. “We’re happy that San Diego is our last stop before Rio.”
Flanagan and Cragg will take part in a full weekend of running, which includes a 5K on Saturday, June 4th and the marathon and half marathon on Sunday, June 5th.
The 2016 event will feature a revamped course with a new downtown finish line at Waterfront Park. The half-marathon course will take off from Balboa Park and travel through the San Diego neighborhoods of Hillcrest, North Park and Normal Heights. In true Rock ‘n’ Roll fashion, live bands, enthusiastic cheerleaders and spectators will line the race route, concluding with a celebratory finish line festival and post-race Toyota Rock ‘n’ Roll Concert Series headlined by Gavin DeGraw.