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2004 Olympic medalist speaks about her impressions of
Boston's Olympic Trials course
Boston, Mass. - Following her first tour of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team
Trials-Women's Marathon course, Deena Kastor spoke with reporters via
teleconference from the Boston Athletic Association's office. Kastor, along
with her coach Terrence Mahon, was guided on a running tour of the Olympic
Trials course on Tuesday morning. The U.S. Olympic Team Trials-Women's
Marathon is scheduled for April 20, 2008, the day before the 112th Boston
Kastor, who was the runner-up in the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team Trials-Women's
Marathon, captured the bronze medal in the marathon at the Athens Olympic
Games and is the American record holder in the marathon (2:19:26).
"It looks like a wonderful course for the women toeing the line next
April," Kastor told reporters following her run. "I think the criterium
[multi-loop] course allows the crowds to see things changing and evolving
over the course of the race, which is exciting. It makes the crowd more
involved." She also saw a benefit for the runners: "To be able to see your
competition at all times [on the course's long straightaways] is great for
all of the athletes."
Kastor was in Boston for the USA Women's 10km Championship on Monday, which
was run on a course similar to that planned for the 2008 Olympic Trials.
Kastor won the race with a time of 32:01, capturing the 23rd national
championship of her career in cross country, track and road racing, and her
fifth of the 2007 season (cross country, 10,000m on the track, 10km, 15km
"I'm really glad we came up here this week," said Mahon, a coach for Team
Running USA in Mammoth Lake, California. "Two of the reasons we wanted to
come up here were to see the course mapped out while running easy as well
as to have Deena race on a course similar to the [Olympic] Trials."
"I think it's phenomenal that USA Track and Field and the Boston Athletic
Association came together to promote us athletes in this way," Kastor said
of the decision to run the Women's Olympic Trials on the same weekend as
the Boston Marathon.
The course, created specifically for this event, starts and finishes on
Boylston Street. The first 2.2 miles circle the Boston Common, while the
following 24 miles will consist of four laps of a loop that includes
Commonwealth Avenue, Massachusetts Avenue, and two out-and-back stretches
along Memorial Drive in Cambridge. A detailed description of the course,
along with a map and video course tour can be found at