It’s not often you meet a four-time Olympic Trials qualifier like Brett Ely. After a great marathoning career that featured an Olympic Trials “A” Standard, a place on the U.S. Pan American Games team, among many other highlights, Brett is stepping back from competitive marathoning after the Trials on February 13, 2016.
Brett is, thankfully, going into this race healthy after a strong training season and, knowing it will be her last competitive marathon, is putting everything into this one. At 36, Brett has a mental fortitude forged from years of striving for more, getting knocked down, and then getting right back up. Her jitters at the starting line will be tempered by that maturity and experience.
Perhaps what’s most impressive about Brett is that she’s one of those women who manages to achieve so much as an athlete while also achieving so much in her life outside of running and is still one of those women who you can’t help but want to grab a beer with and chat about this and that. If you’re like me, after learning more about her, you’ll be dying to cheer for her in LA as she goes for it. One. More. Time.