• Two-time Olympian Kara Goucher to Run Half Marathon on Monterey Bay

    Two-time Olympian and World-Championship medalist Kara Goucher has announced she will run the Big Sur Half Marathon on Monterey Bay on November 8, in Monterey and Pacific Grove. Goucher, who has run 1:06:57 for the 13.1-mile distance–the fastest ever by a U.S. woman–is using the race as part of her build-up to the 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials next February in Los Angeles.  A top three finish in L.A. will place her on her third consecutive U.S. Olympic team.

    “I am really looking forward to racing at Big Sur.  I have heard so many great things about Big Sur and its beautiful course,” said Goucher, 37.  “I’ve heard that the course can produce good times, and I am excited to see what I can do.  My coaches and I picked out Big Sur as a great opportunity for me to test my fitness on my journey to the 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials.”

    Goucher, who was recently named one of the 50 most influential people in running by Runner’s World, finished 11th in the 2012 London Olympic Marathon in 2:26:07 and competed in both the 5,000 and 10,000-meter races in Beijing in 2008. She has placed third in both the Boston and New York City Marathons. Goucher will be challenged by returning champion Sarah Kiptoo, who won her second consecutive Big Sur Half title last year in 1:13:40. Kiptoo won the 2013 race in 1:11:21.

    Kara Goucher

    Kara Goucher

    “We are very excited to welcome Kara to our race,” said Doug Thurston, race director. “She is one of the most accomplished American distance runners of all time, a very popular and inspiring role model, and a strong advocate for clean sport.”

    The Big Sur Half Marathon on Monterey Bay has a total prize purse of $20,000 including bonuses for the top three U.S. runners and for those U.S. runners who qualify for the 2016 Marathon trials with a half-marathon performance. The 13th annual race is capped at 9,000 runners for the scenic course along the Monterey Bay and Pacific Ocean. The event is organized by the Big Sur International Marathon, a non-profit organization.

    Entries for the November 8 race are still available.  Register at www.bigsurhalfmarathon.org.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on October 8, 2015

    Topics: Front PG News, Sports

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