It was a rare moment during our trip to Jacksonville that I found myself relaxed and chatting about kids with two other moms. All three of us have five year olds so we were sharing funny anecdotes and commiserating as moms do. We could have been at the grocery store, swimming lessons, or a piano recital. But we weren’t. One of those moms was less than 24 hours away from nailing an Olympic Trials Qualifier in her first attempt. One of those moms is Keely Maguire.
It was only five months earlier, in August of 2015, after struggling with a seemingly endless string of injuries after graduating from college, Keely contemplated giving up the sport of running. With some cajoling from her college coach, Robert Hoppler who never stopped believing in her, Keely decided she’d give it one last shot: qualify for the Olympic Marathon Trials in a half in January or BUST!
So with the support of her coach and her family, she traveled to Jacksonville to give it a shot.
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