Kara Goucher, Shalane Flanagan set for Rock ’n’ Roll San Antonio clash
American marathoners Kara Goucher, Shalane Flanagan and Amy Hastings will face off one last time before February's U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials as they race the Rock ’n’ Roll San Antonio Half-Marathon on Sunday.
Goucher and Flanagan made the 2012 U.S. Olympic team in the marathon as Hastings finished in fourth place, just one spot from punching her ticket to London. Hastings would make the Olympic team on the track for the 10,000-meter run.
Goucher and Flanagan previously trained together as members of the Nike Bowerman Track Club before Goucher switched sponsors to the women's apparel company Oiselle and moved to Boulder, Colorado to train under coach Mark Wetmore. Described as "frenemies" in their own words, Sunday will be the first road race between the two of them since the 2013 Boston Marathon.
Hastings, Flanagan and Goucher did not contest the 26.2 mile distance in the fall as was the case with many American marathoners saving their legs for the trials on Feb. 13.
Flanagan and Goucher could also get their first look at the fitness of 29-year-old Kellyn Taylor. Taylor made her marathon debut in January with a 2:28:40 for a sixth place finish at the Houston Marathon. The time would have made her the fourth fastest marathoner of 2014 behind Flanagan, Olympian Desi Linden and Hastings. Taylor trains in Flagstaff, Ariz. with the Hoka One One Northern Arizona Elite.
The men’s race in San Antonio this weekend will feature two Americans that are on the bubble for the trials. Aaron Braun, who ran a 2:12:54 at the Houston Marathon earlier this year, enters with the fastest personal best at 61:38 for the half. Not too behind is Jeffrey Eggleston, who represented represented the United States at the world championships. He won last month’s Rock n’ Roll Las Vegas Half-Marathon in 64:40.
Below are the top entries for Sunday’s half-marathon by personal bests:
Men: Aaron Braun (61:38), Jeffrey Eggleston (62:41), Tyler McCandless (63:14), Justin Young (63:25), Chris Burnett (64:24)
Women: Kara Goucher (66:57), Shalane Flanagan (68:31), Karolina Nadolska (70:36), Kellyn Taylor (70:59); Amy Hastings (71:19)
- Christopher Chavez