Just a few weeks shy of 44, Joanna Zieger lined up at the 2014 Shamrock Marathon with one goal: qualify for her third Olympic Marathon Trials. She gave that race everything she had, yet missed the mark by a mere 58 seconds. After a long world-class athletic career, including placing fourth in the triathlon at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, some recent health problems prevented another qualifying attempt. Joanna accepted that her Olympic Trials days were over.
This past October, just 15 months after the birth of her twins, Becki Spellman (who has contributed as Rocket here) ran a 2:44:44 at the Columbus Marathon. That’s an incredible performance, but Becki was heartbroken. Despite giving it her all, she came up short.
Sara Polatas, just 22 years-old and running her first marathon, also raced her heart out in Columbus, but missed the 2:43:00 standard by 41 seconds.
Yesterday, after a single tweet, all three became 2016 Olympic Trials Qualifiers! Read more >>