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US Olympic Trials – Marathon by Matt McGowan

The 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Marathon Trials will be held in Houston on January 14, a day prior to the 40th anniversary of the Houston Marathon. The races will determine the three men and three women who will represent the United States in the marathon at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. The course will feature a one-time 2.2-mile inner loop followed by an eight-mile loop traversed three times. With only one broad u-turn on the eight-mile loop, faster marathon times are expected. The relatively flat course has a similar configuration to the 2012 Olympic Marathon multi-loop, multi-turn eight-mile course in London. Men’s qualifying “A” standard: Marathon 2:19:00, Half Marathon 1:05:00, 10,000 meters (track) 28:30.00, there is no “B” standard for the men. Women’s qualifying “A” standard: Marathon 2:39:00, “B” standard: Marathon 2:46:00, Half Marathon 1:15:00, 10,000 meters (track) 33:00.00 As of December 21 st 160 men have qualified for the US Olympic Marathon Trials with 2 automatic qualifiers while 85 have qualified with their marathon times and the rest from their half marathon or 10km time. 227 women have qualified for the US Olympic Marathon Trials with 45 meeting the Marathon A standard and 182 thru the B standard while the rest of the field have qualified with their half marathon or 10km time.

Top Ten Women Qualifiers 2:22:38 Desiree Davila (MI) B.A.A. Boston Marathon 2:24:52 Kara Goucher (OR) B.A.A. Boston Marathon 2:26:22 Magdalena L. Boulet (CA) Fortis Marathon Rotterdam 2:27:03 Amy Hastings (CA) Honda LA Marathon 2:28:40 Shalane Flanagan (OR) USA Women’s Marathon Championships 2:29:35 Stephanie Rothstein (AZ) Chevron Houston Marathon 2:29:54 Clara Grandt (WV) B.A.A. Boston Marathon 2:30:51 Colleen De Reuck (CO) Copenhagen Marathon Copenhagen 2:30:53 Tera Moody (CO) Bank of America Chicago Marathon 2:31:01 Katie McGregor (MN) 2010 USA Women’s Marathon Championships Ohio - 2012 Olympic Marathon Trials Qualifiers Josh Ordway Josh Ordway, 31, grew up in Holgate and graduated from Princeton University and Wright State Medical School and lives in Bellbrook where he is a Family medicine resident physician Personal Records 1500 meter - 3:57 5km - 14:33 10km - 29:53 Half marathon - 1:06:35 Marathon - 2:15:39

How did you first start running? “My mom made my dad Top 10 Men Qualifiers take me out for a run one day 2:04:58 Ryan Hall (CA) the summer before 7th grade B.A.A. Boston Marathon cross country started. He made 2:09:13 Meb Keflezighi (CA) me run every day with him the ING New York City Marathon rest of that summer.” 2:10:00 Dathan Ritzenhein (OR) How do you train and what is your favorite workout? “My Flora London Marathon training consists of long, slow 2:10:36 Brett Gotcher (AZ) distance with lots of fartleks. Chevron Houston Marathon My favorite workout is a fartlek 2:11:06 Jason Hartmann (OR) that starts of at 9:00 and de Bank of America Chicago creases in 1:00 increments with Marathon 1:00 rest.” 2:11:30 Nick Arciniaga (AZ) What were your favorite Chevron Houston Marathon races last year and why? “The 2:11:46 Ed Moran (VA) Columbus 10k is a favorite ING New York City Marathon because the Columbus Run2:12:34 Jason Lehmkuhle (MN) ning Company does a great job B.A.A. Boston Marathon with it. I also like the Lou Cox 2:13:00 Jorge Torres (CO) Memorial 5k because I’ve run USA Men’s Marathon fast there the past two years.” Championships Any advice for runners who 2:13:12 Jeffrey Eggleston (AZ) want to improve their running. Grandma’s Marathon ?“Slowing down easy days and

Leo Kormanik Jason Ordway

Josh Ordway speeding up fast days may improve your fitness. It works for me.” What are your goals for the Olympic Marathon Trials? “Injury, illness, and work have made it difficult to train over the past two years, so finishing the race will be an accomplishment in itself. I was 21st at the last Olympic Marathon Trials, so I suppose finishing worse than that would be disappointing if I’m healthy at the starting line.” Jason Ordway Jason Ordway, 24, is from Holgate and graduated from Southern Illinois University and now lives in Bellbrook. Jason works at the Up and Running store. Personal Records 1500 meter - 4:00 5km - 14:27 10km - 29:54 Half marathon - 1:05:05 Marathon - 2:18:08 How did you first start running? “I first started running with my Dad and three older siblings. Everyone else so I figured I’d give it a shot too. I found out I had a knack for it and loved doing it so I kept going with it and never looked back.” How do you train and what is your favorite workout? “I do most of my training and

workouts alone, but my brother Josh and I try to do as much together as we can. We focus on lots of miles, most of them very easy, and get after the workouts hard. My favorite workout is a long tempo run (10-12 miles). It really builds my strength and confidence. What were your favorite races last year and why? “My favorite races were the Columbus Half Marathon and the Youngstown Peace Race 10K where I set two big PRs. I had been going through a PR slump for awhile and two nice breakout races.” Any advice for runners who want to improve their running? “Listening to your body is the best advice I can give. If it hurts ice it or take some time off. No one wants a little pain to become a big one. If it makes you change your form or hurts all the time, running or not, it’s a good indicator there’s something a bit more serious going on.” What are your goals for the Olympic Marathon Trials? “My goal for the Trials is to gain experience. I think I’m still the youngest guy in the field qualifying via the marathon itself, so I need some more time in these big time races to acclimate to the level of competition. First, I want to finish it. Then the higher I can finish the better. I can’t put a number on it, because I have no idea what to expect. Hopefully, my brother and I can work together to get a good place and time.”

(Photo by Jeff Frey & Associates, courtesy Grandma’s Marathon)

Leo Kormanik Leo Kormanik, 29, is from Akron and graduated from Malone University. Leo is a Sports Chiropractor. Personal Records 1500 meters - 3:53 5km - 14:12 10km - 29:41 Half marathon - 1:05:24 Marathon - 2:18:12 How did you first start running? “I played a variety of sports in my youth, and most of my coaches recognized that I had good endurance, and so they often encouraged me to run middle school track. I took their advice, and my 8th grade year I was Akron City champion in the 800 and the 1600 meters. Out of the success from that season, I decided to give up all the other sports, and just focus on running in high school.” How do you train and what is your favorite workout? “My endeavors as a sports focused chiropractor restrict my schedule and thus I mostly train by myself. Fortunately, I work close to an extensive network of trails in the greater Akron area. My lunch break is generally filled with mileage in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and Summit County Metro Parks. My favorite workout is the long run. I usually try to run a few of the later miles at marathon pace and that helps to mix things up. Pushing the pace later in the run demands


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US Olympic Trials – Marathon, cont. a unique kind of concentration, and helps to mimic the last miles of a marathon.” What were your favorite races last year and why? “USATF Club Cross Country Nationals in Charlotte, NC. My favorite event in distance running is cross country, and that race was my best cross country race to date. In this race I was competitive with runners much faster than me on the track. This gave me confidence that I still have potential in shorter distances. Furthermore, in championship cross country meets, times do not matter as much and the true spirit of racing and competition can relished.” Any advice for runners who want to improve their running. ?“Fall in love with the process. There is no luck in distance running, and miracles usually do not happen on race day. Great performances are preceded by tremendous efforts in training. The more you prepare for your race, both mentally and physically, the easier and more satisfying racing becomes.” What are your goals for the Olympic Marathon Trials? “To run a personal best in the marathon. I have never trained this hard in my running career so I am looking forward to reaping the results. It would be nice to place in the top 20, but it is hard to get a pulse on all the competitors. The sport has really taken a turn, and there are a lot more hungry, talented runners out there.” Craig Leon Craig Leon, 27, grew up in Van Wert and graduated from Ohio University. Craig is taking a sabbatical from the college administration/coaching from Ohio University and for the past few months has worked at the Eugene Running Company and has been training in Eugene, Oregon as he prepares for the Trials. Personal Records 1500 meter - 3:57 5km - 14:23 10km - 29:49 Half marathon - 1:05:05 Marathon - 2:18:29 How did you first start running? “I first started running in junior high (7th grade). My mom thought that I needed to do something in the fall before basketball season, so she convinced me to try cross country. Our first organized practice

was a 2-mile run from that ended at the local Dairy Queen and the coach bought ice cream for everyone. Thinking that every practice thereafter would be similar, I decided to stick around. Despite that being the only ice cream run of the year, he managed to make running fun and the rest is history.” How do you train and what is your favorite workout? “My favorite workout is a 30k progressive run. It’s only a workout that I do when I’m training for a marathon. The run is broken in the 6 - 5k segments (done continuously), with each 5k getting progressively quicker than the one before it. I begin the first 5k running a pace that is roughly 30 seconds slower than my marathon pace and will finish the last 5k running around half marathon pace. I enjoy this workout for a few reasons: 1) it’s very applicable to the marathon distance because I am able to simulate the fatigued feeling of the marathon distance during a workout, which makes the last 10k tough and 2) I like the challenge of taking on a huge workout during the middle of a heavy training cycle. The feeling after completing a 30k progressive workout is unlike one that I get from any other workouts; it’s not just a workout, it’s an accomplishment. I know if I can run these workouts well, then my training is in a good place.: What were your favorite races last year and why? “Falmouth Road Race (Falmouth, MA) and Broad Street 10-Miler. Falmouth is such a cool event. There is a lot of history associated with the race, it’s a competitive field, and the course is spectacular (it’s a point-topoint course that begins in Woods Hole, MA runs along the shoreline and finishes in Falmouth, MA). A summer trip to the Cape is never a bad thing and the fans lining the course made it seem like we were running a big-city marathon. My other favorite race was the Broad Street 10-miler (Philadelphia, PA). I love running races in big cities and Philadelphia shuts down its main drag for this one. 40,000+ people get to run right through the heart of Philly. I had just run my PR in the 10k a few days earlier at the Penn Relays and wasn’t sure what to expect for this race, but it went really well and I was the top American finisher.” Any advice for runners who

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as deep, and talented, as its been in years, but I’m looking forward to the challenge of running with the best marathoners in the United States. Hopefully, I’ll be able to put myself in a good position early on and then let the race play out as it will. “ Ryan Kienzle Ryan Kienzle, 25, lives in Canton and graduated from Malone University. Ryan is a middle school teacher. Personal Records 1500 meter - 3:53 5km - 14:14 10km - 29:30 Half marathon - 1:04:39 Marathon - 2:29:45

Craig Leon want to improve their running? “Always remember your 3 P’s: Passion. Patience. Persistence. Running is a tough sport because very rarely do we ever see immediate results. There aren’t any secrets to success, as the only way to become a better runner is to run more. You have to be both passionate about running and persistent to get out the door every day, especially on less-than-ideal days for running. And then, you have to be patient enough to know the results you desire might not happen overnight. Always think big picture. It will lessen the stress of the dayto-day, workout-to-workout, race-to-race burden that often comes with an emphasis on times.” What are your goals for the Olympic Marathon Trials? “The most important thing about a marathon is showing up at the starting line healthy. If I can get to Houston injuryfree, I like my chances of running a big PR. I know from my workouts that I am fit and in the best shape of my career. I’ve always thrived at races that emphasize place more than pace. That’s the way Championship races are run and I feel comfortable with these races. So more than anything, I have a personal expectation of competing. The marathon field is

How did you first start running? “My older sister ran track in high school and I would always go to her meets when I was little and loved watching them and racing behind the grand stands. Then I started running a little with her and was going to follow in her footsteps and try sprints at my first track meet in 7th grade but they accidentally put me in the 800 and 1600 meters. I didn’t say anything to the coaches all year because I was afraid to so I continued to run distance events the entire year”. How do you train and what is your favorite workout? “I mainly train by heart rate monitor and am able to get 3-4 quality sessions in a week at certain stress levels. This allows me to get more quality running in during the week without all the slow junk miles. I responded well to this training when I was a freshman but got away from it after college and have returned to this within in the last year. My favorite session is broken up/continuous 2k loops of anaerobic running at a certain percentage of my max heart rate. I run anywhere from 8k to 12k for these sessions.” What were your favorite races last year and why? “In 2010 I was undefeated almost the entire year but my favorite race had to be in January 2011 in Houston for my debut marathon. It was by far my worst race but I finished in a less than glamorous 2:29 but I learned so much from this race that will prepare me for the trials. It was also a gut check and a humbling experience the last 5 miles because I was basically walking. I was very fit going in but had some

Ryan Kienzle serious cramping issues from dehydration because of such a dramatic weather change from what I was training in. This race allowed me to reflect on my training and look for a change. Any advice for runners who want to improve their running? “My advice comes from something that my dad told me when I first started running, “you can’t just go out there and run, you have to go out there and push yourself.” However, pushing yourself does not mean kill yourself on every run but rather be consistent and patient in your running. There are days when you have no motivation, the weather is bad, its dark, there is no one to run with, etc. There are always a million excuses but on these days I always picture everyone else deciding to take the day off and I find myself lacing up and heading out for a run. Days like these challenge your mind when your body is telling you something different. Listen to your body and train smarter, not harder.” What are your goals for the Olympic Marathon Trials? “I am very excited for the Trials but I am trying to keep everything in perspective. I see myself as a veteran when


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Brian Olinger it comes to big races and staying calm and racing your race and not getting caught up in the hype. I know I can run really well at the trials and place high if I am patient and that’s my biggest goal, just staying patient and really turning it on the last 8-10k.” Brian Olinger Brian Olinger, 28, grew up in West Lafayette and graduated from The Ohio State University. Brian now lives in Westerville and is a professional athlete, sponsored by Reebok. Personal Records 1500 meter - 3:42.11 3000 meter Steeple Chase - 8:19.29 5km - 13:31 10km - 28:07 Half marathon N/A Marathon N/A How did you first start running? “Probably the same story as most who take up the sport....I was too small to play football, so I started running cross country beginning in the 7th grade.” How do you train and what is your favorite workout? “It’s hard to sum up in a single answer exactly how I train. Up until very recently I have always been, what most would agree was, a relatively lower mileage guy. In high school I was very naive and ran maybe 20 mile per week at most. A 5 mile run was a ‘thing’ for me back then. In college I was a bit of a late bloomer. It seemed to take a couple of years to get things figured out and learn

to embrace/enjoy what real training really was all about. The last couple of years I have shifted to some higher mileage and ran my first 100 mile weeks last spring. We have discovered that I am a pretty big responder to high altitude training so I did two stints last year in Colorado Springs and am planning one for this coming March as well. It’s been very beneficial to have been with the same coach (Robert Gary) for the last 10+ years and thus my training has basically been this huge evolutionary process. Each of those years has been different than all the rest. The basic principles never really stray, but we are usually changing up some of the specifics related to what exactly it is that I am preparing for. Favorite workout: Also a difficult question. Not sure I could describe any as my ‘favorite’. When I am out there suffering I guess I never really think ‘gee this is my favorite, can’t wait to do it again next week’ However, this past summer I did 6x800 on the track with my training partner, Dan Huling, all basically between 2:00-1:58. That was probably a whole new level for me as far as a specific track session goes. I walked away that day feeling like I accomplished something pretty tough and realized I was in pretty darn good shape.” What were your favorite races last year and why? “The coolest venue I was fortunate enough to compete in was the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, Germany. As a Buckeye alum, you can imagine the thrill of competing where Ohio State legend Jesse Owens competed during the 1936 Olympic Games. However warming up on Hitler’s huge parade fields behind the stadium might have been one of the loneliest experiences I have ever had. The World Cross Country Championships in Spain was hands down the rawest experience I have ever had in the sport and I really hope I get to compete there again. It was my first time wearing Team USA gear and I remember getting giddy for a couple of weeks each time the UPS truck drove through my subdivision, hoping my gear would get delivered that day. I think my most impressive race this past year was probably at the Falmouth Road Race in August. I was the first American in the field, but was up there

-recover, and don’t let one day/ single performance define you or your career. Keep moving forward!” What are your goals for the Olympic Marathon Trials? “As always, MAKE THE TEAM!” Tara Storage Tara Storage, 30, lives in Beavercreek, graduated from the University of Dayton and is a Materials Research Engineer Air Force Research Laboratory/Composites and Hybrids Branch (AFRL/RXBC) WrightPatterson Air Force Base. Personal Records 1500 meter − 4:26.20 5km − 16:05.26 10km − 33:18.31 Half marathon − 1:12:47 Marathon − 2:40:14 Tara Storage banging away with guys like Micah Kogo and Lucas Rotich for much of the race. They said afterwards my time was the 4th fastest ever on that course by an American behind Alberto Salazar, Craig Virgin and Meb Keflezighi. Pretty cool company!” Any advice for runners who want to improve their running? “Another difficult question. Again, my career has been this huge evolutionary process and also had some pretty big stumbling blocks along the way. Even now, I feel like I am continually learning and figuring out my body and what it takes to be competitive at this level. I have been really big on recovery the last couple of years, whether its nutrition, ice baths, massage, Normatech etc., and it’s definitely made a difference, allowing me to train at a much higher level. Patience seems to be a virtue as well. I nearly walked away from the sport numerous times over the past few years after some disappointing results at national championship races. Thankfully, I have a great support system in my wife, daughter, coach, family etc. The disappointments/struggles have been useful tempering/ hardening tools and have only left me more excited and hungry to achieve that ultimate goal. So I guess remember the whole thing is a process, surround yourself with good people, train hard ---race hard--

When and how did you first start running? “My twin sister, Kara, and I played high school soccer as freshmen, but our friends convinced us to join the cross country team as sophomores and found our love for running. We’ve been hooked ever since.” How do you train and what is your favorite workout? “I do a lot of strength/threshold running, and my favorite workouts are probably the long cut-down runs, although I know I get a lot of benefit from all the various types of runs (hills, intervals, threshold, long runs, etc.).” What were your favorite races last year and why? “This is a hard one too. But, I would have to say the Chicago Marathon was a favorite because it was my first marathon . . . so far). It’s quite a rewarding experience to conquer the marathon for the first time! But, Ohio holds a lot of events that are high caliber too: Lou Cox 5K, Columbus 10K, Hyde Park, Dayton River Corridor Classic, etc.., and it is nice when they are in your backyard.” Any advice for runners who want to improve their running? “I think the keys are consistency in training, including core/ supplemental training, having fun, and believing/trusting in your training and coach. The amazing thing about running is that on any given day, anything is possible and anyone can win, PR, etc. You are your own toughest competitor.” What are your goals for the Olympic Marathon Trials? “My coach has gotten me

Becki Michael ready. Now it is time to PR and compete.” Becki Michael Becki Michael, 28, grew up in Alliance and graduated from the University of Akron. Becki lives in Akron and is a Pharmacy Tech. Personal Records 1500 meter - 4:31 5km - 16:42 10km - 34:46 Half marathon - 1:16:05 Marathon - 2:40:16 How did you first start running? “My sister is 10 months older than I am and I pretty much just did anything Liz did. She was a sprinter and I wanted to do that as well, but it was apparent my strengths lied in a bit longer distances. I was an 800 meter runner primarily in high school. In college my focus was the mile and steeple chase. I liked the shorter faster stuff a lot more than the longer races. How do you train and what is your favorite workout? “I put in somewhere between 80 and 100ish miles a week during marathon training. Usually a marathon paced workout, a faster workout 5k-10k pace more broken up workout and a long run of 20-26 miles are the key days of the week. 3-4 days a week I will run twice. I do all of my “weight” training using body weight. My favorite workout is 20x1k or 987654321 fartlek.” What were your favorite rac-


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US Olympic Trials – Marathon, cont. es last year and why? “Hands down the Akron Marathon was my favorite race. It was awesome to win a marathon in front of my hometown crowd. It was a challenging course, but I was able to win and sneak under the Olympic Trials qualifying mark again. The race is put on by awesome people and I’ve never felt so much support in any race in all my life.” Any advice for runners who want to improve their running? “Overnight success takes about 3 years”, as hard at it is be patient. Work through the crummy days, enjoy the good ones and remember it is just running! Never more than that.” What are your goals for the Olympic Marathon Trials? “I would like to place higher than I am ranked, to do all I can to finally break 2:40, and to get to the start line healthy. I still have a lot to learn, and I want to take away all I can from each marathon. In 2008 I went into the Trials on a pretty rough ankle injury and I don’t want to relive that.” Kara Storage Kara Storage, 30, lives in Beavercreek and graduated from the University of Dayton. Kara work as a Materials Engineer, System Support Division. Personal Records 1500 meter - 4:28.11 5000 meter - 15:59.21 10,000 meter - 33:19.27 Marathon - 2:41:29 When and how did you first start running? “My twin sister, Tara, and I started out as soccer players. We ran junior high track, and played soccer our freshman year of high school. However, we had so much fun with the track girls that they convinced us to run cross country. We had so much fun being a part of the team.” How do you train and what is your favorite workout? “Training by gradual adaption to new stimuli; Favorite workouts are those done with good training partners/friends. What were your favorite races last year and why? “There are a lot of well organized races in Ohio. It is too hard to decide on just a few favorites. I like the variety of distances and locations – Dayton, Cincinnati, Columbus 10K, Minster 10K, etc.

Ann Alyanak Kara Storage Any advice for runners who want to improve their running? “Be consistent and do your best to stay healthy; listen to your body; on any given day, it’s any body’s race – just prepare the best you can and trust in your coach and training.” Ann Alyanak Ann Alyanak, 33, grew up in Bluffton and graduated from Purdue University. Ann was a former coach at the University of Day and now is a full time mother and works part time at Up and Running in Dayton Personal Records 5km - 16:19 10km - 33:55 Half marathon - 1:13:46 Marathon - 2:34:46 When and how did you first start running? “I started running in junior high when I joined the cross country team. My older brother ran and I thought it looked fun.” How do you train and what is your favorite workout? “I train by doing pretty high volume and focusing on aerobic strength work. Putting in the mileage with some quality work seems to work well for me. My favorite workout is a long progression run where I start fairly easy and pick up the pace the entire run so by

Sarah Flament the end I am running marathon pace or faster. These runs give me confidence and I usually feel good finishing them. What were your favorite races last year and why? “My favorite races last year were the Minster Oktoberfest 10k and the Columbus Marathon. I always enjoy Minster because it is a very competitive race with a great atmosphere. It was fun to get the win and feel good racing. The Columbus Marathon was one of my favorites because the crowd support was tremendous and I knew many people out there. I was really hurting at the end but the crowds really helped and it felt great to win a marathon especially in Ohio.” Any advice for runners who want to improve their running? “Stay consistent with your training and injury free. I think these are 2 of the most important aspects. You have to make sure you are having fun too and enjoying the whole process. If you can, find other people to train with because this will help you push harder on the hard days and make easy runs fly by with good conversation.” What are your goals for the Olympic Marathon Trials? “My goal for the trials is to run a personal best time so anything under 2:34:46 and hopefully this will put me in a good spot. I am training hard

and plan to give it everything I have on race day. I think it will be the fastest trials ever so it will be exciting to be a part of the race.” Sarah Flamant Sarah Flamant, 36, grew up in Wausau, Wisconsin and graduated from the University of La Crosse. Sarah now lives in Poland and is a stay at home mom Personal Records 5km - 17:20 10km - 36:30 Half marathon - 1:18:22 Marathon - 2:43:37 How did you first start running? “After watching my brother who is 10 yrs older than me run cross country and track, I decided to try to follow in his footsteps starting in 7th grade.” How do you train and what is your favorite workout? “I like to keep my mileage lower than most (80 miles/week) otherwise I start to feel too tired and my body starts breaking down. I find that one day off a week for complete rest helps me physically and mentally. My favorite workout is my marathon simulation runs where I run 10 miles at a decent pace then 10 miles at my marathon race pace and cool down. This gives me the confidence I need for marathon day.”

Page 15 What were your favorite races last year and why? “I have had two major injuries within one year of each other so the past two years have been a major roller coaster ride for me. My two favorite races were the Gate River Run 15k this past March and Boston Marathon this past April. I was in excellent condition going into both and my body and mind didn’t fight each other...they were in synch and allowed two awesome days to happen.” Any advice for runners who want to improve their running? “First it all starts with the shoes! Make sure you have the support you need and don’t put too many miles on them. Second, make it a slow and gradual progression for miles and workouts otherwise you risk injury. And lastly, don’t feel guilty about listening to your body and doing what you need to do in order to take care of yourself. Often, this may go against what others feel you should do and you have to have your internal voice be the loudest.” What are your goals for the Olympic Marathon Trials? “I already achieved my goal for the Olympic Marathon Trials...and that was to qualify. When I was 8 months pregnant and watching the 2004 Women’s Olympic Marathon Trials in St. Louis, I wondered what it would’ve been like if I would’ve pursued running instead of having a family. Never in a million years did I think I would end up achieving both! Being 36 yrs old and a mom of two, it is an absolute dream to be able to experience participating in the Trials. On January 14th, I want to get there healthy and make sure I enjoy the moment.

Nicole Camp Nicole Camp, 26, grew up in Creston and graduated from the University of Toledo. Nicole now lives in Willowick where she is a Transportation Analyst at The Lincoln Electric Company. Personal Records 1600 meter - 5:01 5km - 16:39 10km - 35:01 Half marathon - 1:16.37 Marathon - 2:43.47


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US Olympic Trials – Marathon, cont.

Nicole Camp How did you first start running? “I didn’t make the jv team in volleyball my freshman year like the rest of my friends so my sophomore year the cross-country coach told me I should come out and I have been running ever since” How do you train and what is your favorite workout? “I train with a great group here in Cleveland, coached by Glenn Andrews for the past 2 years. My favorite workout is probably on the track doing ladders of some sort.” What were your favorite races last year and why? “My favorite race was the Indiana Women’s Half Marathon. It was a lot of fun being around only women and I like the city, course and after-party!” Any advice for runners who want to improve their running? “Find a running group. That was what really helped me at least. Having people to hold you accountable and meet with on a consistent basis will help get you out on the roads or trails.” What are your goals for the Olympic Marathon Trials? “I just want to have a good first experience, enjoy the race and a PR.”

Local Qualifiers Men Ohio Josh Ordway.................Chevron Houston Marathon..................................... 2:16:52 Jason Ordway...............Nationwide Better Health Columbus Marathon...... 2:18:08 Leo Kormanik...............Grandma’s Marathon................................................ 2:18:12 Craig Leon....................2010 USA Men’s Marathon Championships............ 2:18:29 Men Indiana Stephen Haas...............Rock’n’Roll Las Vegas Marathon............................... 2:18:45 Jesse Davis...................Chevron Houston Marathon..................................... 2:18:47 Men Michigan Luke Humphrey............Dodge Rock ’n’ Roll San Diego Marathon................. 2:14:39 Mike Morgan................Bank of America Chicago Marathon........................ 2:14:55 Brian Sell......................B.A.a. Boston Marathon........................................... 2:16:31 Drew Polley..................B.A.A. Boston Marathon........................................... 2:16:36 Sage Canaday...............Dodge Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon................. 2:16:52 Zach Hine.....................B.A.A. Boston Marathon........................................... 2:16:54 Chad Johnson..............B.A.A. Boston Marathon........................................... 2:17:41 Michael McKeeman.....Bank of America Chicago Marathon........................ 2:18:52 Matthew Fecht.............Grandma’s Marathon................................................ 2:18:52 Clint Verran...................California International Marathon............................ 2:18:56 Men Pennsylvania Luke Watson.................Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon.............................. 2:15:29 Bobby Curtis.................ING New York City Marathon.................................... 2:16:44 Allen Wagner...............2009 USA men’s Marathon Championships............ 2:17:49 Jed Christiansen...........Bank of America Chicago Marathon........................ 2:18:31 women ohio Tarage Storage.............Bank of America Chicago Marathon........................ 2:40:14 Becki Michael...............2009 USA Women’s Marathon Championships....... 2:40:17 Kara Storage.................2009 USA Women’s Marathon Championships....... 2:41:29 Ann Alyanak.................Nationwide Insurance Columbus Marathon............ 2:41:53 Sarah Flament..............B.A.A. Boston Marathon........................................... 2:43:37 Nicole Camp.................Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon................................... 2:43:47 women Indiana Erin Nehus....................Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon.............................. 2:37:31 Camille Herron.............2009 USA Women’s Marathon Championships....... 2:38:23 Laura Farley..................Bank of America Chicago Marathon........................ 2:43:40 Jackie Dikos..................Indianapolis Monumental Marathon....................... 2:45:26 women michigan Dot McMahan..............Grandma’s Marathon................................................ 2:31:48 Melissa White...............Dodge Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon................. 2:33:09 Andrea Pomaranski......P. F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon............. 2:37:44 Erin O’Mara..................California International Marathon............................ 2:43:55 Erin Richard..................Chevron Houston Marathon..................................... 2:44:38 Jacklyn Rzepecki..........Bank of America Chicago Marathon........................ 2:44:49 Serena Kessler..............Detroit Free Press International Marathon............... 2:44:55 Katie Jazwinski.............Metro Health Grand Rapids Marathon..................... 2:45:01 Amy Hauswirth............Detroit Free Pess International Marathon................ 2:45:58 women Pennsylvania Molly Pritz....................ING New York City Marathon.................................... 2:31:52 Anna Peck....................B.A.A. Boston Marathon........................................... 2:44:03 Emily Hulme................Philadelphia Marathon............................................. 2:44:30 Donna Palisca...............Philadelphia Marathon............................................. 2:44:41 Carol Jefferson..............Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon.............................. 2:44:44 Lauren Philbrook..........Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon............ 2:45:13 Krista Plummer............Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon.............................. 2:45:17 Samantha Howard.......Philadelphia Marathon............................................. 2:45:45 Heidi Peoples...............B.A.A. Boston Marathon........................................... 2:45:51

half marathon qualifiers men ohio Ryan Kienzle.................Philadelphia Marathon............................................. 1:04:38 men kentucky Michael Eaton..............Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon................. 1:04:37 men michigan Tim Young....................Rock ‘n’ Roll Mardi Gras Half Marathon.................... 1:04:21 Ryan Sheehan..............Dexter-Ann Arbor Run............................................. 1:04:38 Nicholas Stanko...........2010 USA Half Marathon Championships............... 1:04:43 Robert Scribner............Traverse City State Bank Bayshore Half Marathon... 1:04:52 Paul Hefferon...............Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half-Marathon................. 1:04:54 Brian Medigovich.........Rock ‘n’ Roll San Jose Half Marathon........................ 1:04:56 men pennsylvania Sean Quigley................IAAF World Half Marathon Championships............. 1:03:23 Christopher Clark.........2010 USA Half Marathon Championships............... 1;04:38 men west virginia Josh Simpson...............2010 USA Half Maraton Championships................. 1;03:27 women kentucky Allison Grace................Nationwide Better Health Columbus Marathon...... 1:14:20 10K men ohio Brian Olinger................Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational......................... 28:07.5

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