to Race in USA Half Marathon Championships
Abdirahman Join Field for June 16 National Title Event
Minn.) The road to London will soon take a journey
through Duluth for a pair of U.S. Olympians.
Goucher and Abdi Abdirahman officially have registered
for the USA Half Marathon Championships to be held June
16 in Duluth as part of Grandma’s Marathon weekend.
event will be a homecoming for Goucher, 33, who grew up
in Duluth and graduated from Duluth East High School in
1996. Now residing in Portland, Ore., Goucher competed
in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in both the
5,000-meters and 10,000-meters, placing ninth and tenth,
and Abdirahman earned spots on the 2012 Team USA
marathon squad by placing in the top three at the
Olympic Marathon Trials Jan. 14 in Houston. Both placed
third – Goucher in 2 hours, 26 minutes, 6 seconds and
Abdirahman in 2:09:47, his fastest marathon since a 2006
personal best of 2:08:56.
London Games will be the fourth Olympic appearance for
the 35-year-old Abdirahman, who resides in Tucson, Ariz.
He raced in the 10,000-meters in 2000, 2004 and 2008.
are extremely honored to have Kara and Abdi as part of
the elite group coming to Duluth for this event. With
the Olympic marathon races set for August, the timing is
ideal,” said Scott Keenan, executive director of
Grandma’s Marathon. “We expect to add many more
quality runners in the coming weeks.”
are currently 158 American athletes signed up to compete
in the championships with a May 15 deadline to register.
They will be competing for a prize purse of $82,000,
including first-place awards of $12,000 for the men’s
and women’s champions.
history of hosting national championship road racing
events includes the 2003 and 2004 USA Women’s Half
Marathon Championships. The 2003 race was won by Colleen
De Reuck in a course record one hour, ten minutes – a
mark that remains the fastest women’s time on the
Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon course.
city also hosted the 1987, 1990 and 1994 USA Women’s
Marathon Championships as part of Grandma’s Marathon,
which is currently the country’s 13th