Monday, November 6, 2017

Flanagan: “It was an incredible epic day”

Less than 24 hours after her biggest moment, Shalane Flanagan was back at the scene of her triumph this morning, speaking to the media alongside the New York City Marathon in Central Park, and the 36-year-old reflected on the race, her future plans and what it all meant to her.

“I didn’t know I was that far ahead,” she said of the closing minutes. “I was running scared the last two miles. At the very end I could sense no one was there so I could finally enjoy the moment.”

 Spurred on to victory by a vocal crowd, Flanagan made sure to send a message back to the thousands of supporters today:

“Thank you so much for creating at atmosphere that allows us athletes to perform to the best of our ability. Yesterday in those final miles I was thinking of the heartache New Yorkers endured in the past week, of Meb and his final marathon, trying to honor all the people who have given time to me. It was an incredible epic day and I was so grateful I could be a part of history.”

Flanagan was also asked whether she will continue competing, but said she had not made any decision just yet.

“I’ve been at this running thing for a long time at a professional level and I have other things in my life I’m interested in that I want to dedicate time to,” she said. “I think I can add to the running community in different capacities. When you’ve achieved something that’s just epic, everything you wanted and it’s so hard to top, I’m the sort of person who’s like:  if it’s already been done and I can’t top it, why continue when I can maybe do something else to contribute?

Her celebrations last night saw her unable to sleep, and Flanagan has made multiple appearances today on some of the nation’s biggest TV shows.

“I’m trying to live in the present moment, because these are the moments you dream of,” she said. “I’m trying to live right now,” she said. “I did’t sleep last night. I tried, but it wasn’t happening. At 3am I was eating pizza.”

Flanagan also stressed that despite it being a personal triumph, she was proud to share it with her fellow Americans.

“I feel like it’s an American victory as much as mine because it’s been 40 years,” she said.

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Sunday, November 5, 2017

Flanagan flies to victory in New York


Shalane Flanagan ended a 40-year drought for American women at the TCS New York City Marathon today, the 36-year-old claiming an historic victory in 2:26:53 to defeat the world’s best marathoner: Mary Keitany.

After a slow early pace, the Nike Bowerman Track Club athlete bided her time in the pack as a large group passed halfway in 1:16:18. Only in the final three miles did Flanagan make her move, surging to the front and dropping a 5:08 mile to escape from Keitany and Mamitu Daska of Ethiopia.

From there she never let up, extending her advantage all the way to the finish to claim her first victory in an Abbott World Marathon Major, which proved all the sweeter after being forced to withdraw from Boston earlier this  year with injury.

“About nine months ago I was heartbroken about not getting to race in Boston and it hurt quite a bit,” said Flanagan, “but I kept telling myself there’d be delayed gratification and a moment down the road that made up for it.

“I’ve dreamed of a moment like this since I was a little girl. It means a lot to me, to my family, and hopefully inspires the next generation of American women to be patient. It took me seven years to do this so a lot of work went into this moment.”

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Flanagan feeling good ahead of New York


With a little over three weeks to go until the TCS New York City Marathon, Shalane Flanagan says she is feeling “better than I have in a long time” as she prepares for her first marathon of 2017.

The 36-year-old, a member of the Nike Bowerman Track Club, spoke with reporters on a conference call alongside Meb Keflezighi today and said that the injury problems which derailed her bid for the Boston Marathon earlier this year are now thankfully behind her.

For the past several weeks she has been training at Mammoth Lakes in California, and though the marathon always brings a sense of uncertainty about racing shape, Flanagan impressed on her most recent outing, clocking 31:15 for the Beach to Beacon 10K in early August. In New York she will seek her first victory in a Marathon Major, and she will have to defeat Kenyans Mary Keitany and Edna Kiplagat to do so.

“I think I’ve always had a sense of urgency when it comes to the marathon because if you can arrive at the start line healthy and fit, I really put pressure on myself to deliver because it’s rare to have both of those on the same day,” said Flanagan, who has logged up to 130 miles a week in training. “New York is a really difficult course and so I’m hoping that those really big miles that I put in will pay off for me on November 5.”

For more, check out this story by Jonathan Gault of Letsrun.com and this story by Erin Strout of Runner’s World.

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Friday, August 25, 2017

Flanagan to run New York City Marathon


Shalane Flanagan will return to the New York City Marathon in November for the first time since 2010, when she finished second in 2:28:40 behind Kenya’s Edna Kiplagat.

The 36-year-old Nike Bowerman Track Club athlete announced her participation today as part of a visit to the city serving as a Team for Kids Ambassador for New York Road Runners ahead of the Percy Sutton Harlem 5K on Saturday.

After being forced to withdraw from Boston through injury, New York will be Flanagan’s first marathon of the year and she showed training has been progressing well when finishing fourth in the Beach to Beacon 10K in Cape Elizabeth in 31:15 earlier this month.

“I want that one last really special moment,” Flanagan told USA Today. “I’m just hoping I can achieve it soon because I really, I just want one more big performance, and I feel like I have it within me. I just need the right stage and the right day to get it done.”

To read more on her return to top-level racing, click here.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Final tune-ups ahead of London

A host of Kimbia athletes will run their final races this weekend before the London World Championships, with Evan Jager, Emily Infeld and Coleen Quigley all set to compete, among others.

Jager, the reigning Olympic silver medalist, will compete in the 3000m steeplechase at the Monaco Diamond League on Friday evening. The 28-year-old has been in impressive form so far this year, winning the US Championships with ease on June 25 in 8:16.88. However, Monaco will represent his first race of the season outside the US, and it’s a hot one, featuring Olympic champion Conseslus Kipruto, among others.

Colleen Quigley will also be in her first race in Europe this year, though the Nike Bowerman Track Club  athlete will compete in Heusden, Belgium, a meeting synonymous with fast times in the distance races. Quigley will sharpen her speed ahead of London with a 1500m, and with a 4:24.88 mile to her name indoors this year, it will be no surprise if her personal best of 4:11.61 falls.

Emily Infeld, meanwhile, will also tune up for her 10,000m outing in London with a 5000m race in Heusden, where she will be joined by fellow Kimbia athlete and Nike Bowerman Track Club teammate Shalane Flanagan, who she has been training with in St. Moritz, Switzerland, in recent weeks. Infeld’s last race was when she finished fifth in Lucerne over 3000m in 8:55.41, while Flanagan’s last race came at the US Championships in Sacramento, where she finished fourth in the 10,000m in 31:31.12.

Fellow Kimbia athlete Marc Scott will race over 5000m in Heusden. The 23-year-old clocked a PB of 7:43.37 over 3000m at the London Diamond League last week and looks capable of lowering his best of 13:36.81. Farther afield, Izaic Yorks has been in impressive form in recent weeks, the 23-year-old running a season’s best of 3:37.91 last week in Sainte-Therese, Montreal. He backed that up on Wednesday night with a 3:39.75 run to finish second over 1500m in Seattle, just behind race winner Brannon Kidder (3:39.39).

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