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Flanagan, Goucher Ready To Rock Miami Beach
Oregon Track Club Teammates Taking Part in
Final Tune-up for Olympic Marathon Trials
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. - Once perceived as rivals, Shalane Flanagan and Kara
Goucher will compete for the first time as teammates on Sunday, December 11
at the inaugural Dodge Latin Music Miami Beach 1/2 Marathon. Each athlete
is looking toward the 2012 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials on January 14 in
Houston where they are considered favorites to represent Team USA at next
summer's Olympic Games in London.
"To see America's two brightest distance stars on the road at the same time
will be a true treat for Miami Beach," said Tracy Sundlun, SVP of race
organizer Competitor Group. "Many in the running community, myself
included, are very much looking forward to seeing them run in one of their
last significant tune ups before the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials and their
first time racing together since Kara joined Shalane's training group and
began working with Jerry Schumacher, who has been Shalane's coach since
The half marathon will mark the first race for Goucher since finishing 13th
in the 10,000 meters at the World Championships this summer in South Korea,
where she was badly hampered by a hip injury. The Minnesota native has
since parted ways with coach Alberto Salazar, joined the Oregon Track Club,
overcome the injury and is back training focused on making her second
While Goucher has overcome recent adversity, 2011 has been a banner year
for Flanagan. She won bronze medal at the IAAF World Cross Country
Championships as well as her second U.S. title in the 10,000 meters over
the summer. She recently won the Rock 'n' Roll San Antonio Half Marathon in
1 hour, 10 minutes, and 49 seconds, which was the second fastest
half-marathon run in this year by a U.S. woman on a record standard course.
Goucher and Flanagan will be joined at the start line by teammate Lisa Uhl,
formerly Lisa Koll, an NCAA 5000 and 10,000m champion at Iowa State.
U.S. Cross Country champion Brent Vaughn is the fastest of the men's
favorites, with a 1:02:04 personal record from Houston last year, where he
finished third overall.
Vaughn's teammates Tim Nelson (1:02:11 PR) and Simon Bairu, a two-time NCAA
Cross Country champion while at the University of Wisconsin with a PR of
1:02:08, and Christian Hesch of Hollywood, CA, who finished third at the
Dodge Rock 'n' Roll Seattle Marathon in 1:04:32, a PR and the Olympic
The Dodge Latin Music Miami Beach Half Marathon will begin at 7:00am on
Ocean Drive in South Beach. Runners will be inspired by waterfront views
along iconic South Beach, with more than six miles of the route running
along the water, including spectacular views of the Port of Miami cruise
ship terminal, Star, Palm, Hibiscus, and Fisher Islands.
The course starts and finishes at Lummus Park in South Beach, and takes
runners across both the Julia Tuttle and MacArthur Causeways, which stretch
over the sparkling Biscayne Bay. Participants will run through the Miami
Beach Art Deco District and alongside the historic Miami Beach Golf Club
before a unique finish line on the sand, a first for a Rock 'n' Roll
Marathon Series event.