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Olympic Trials Qualifier Autumn Ray on the Importance of Chasing Happiness

Autumn Ray has always been a goal-setter. But after the 2016 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, where she placed 77th, Ray was at a place where she wasn’t reaching those goals. It had taken her eight years to hit the qualifying time for that race. And then she plateaued. She was burnt out—overtrained, overworked, and ready to […]

It’s All About Community for Olympic Trials Qualifier Andrea Guerra

The first time Andrea Guerra thought about qualifying for the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials was 2014. But she had just graduated from college and knew that she needed time to transition from a 10,000-meter runner to a marathoner.  In 2016, Guerra attended the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in Los Angeles and was inspired by the […]

It’s More Than a Marathon for Olympic Trials Qualifier Grace Gonzales

Six years ago, if someone told Grace Gonzales that she would be running at an elite level and preparing for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in Atlanta later this month, she would have laughed.  She thought her competitive running days were over after graduating from Cal State Fullerton. At the tail end of her […]

How Injury Taught Emma Kertesz Patience and Perseverance

Emma Kertesz’s road to the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials hasn’t been as smooth as she anticipated.  Her plan was to qualify at the California International Marathon (CIM) in December 2018. She figured that would give her more than a full year to hone her training and show up in Atlanta as fit as possible. Lingering […]

What It Feels Like to Qualify for Olympic Trials at Your First Marathon

Kimberly Maloney was never going to run a marathon. The 2012 Clemson graduate had always favored shorter distances like 10Ks and half marathons. “I never wanted to do a marathon because it’s a distance you have to really want to do, and I just don’t have that fire right now,” said Maloney, 30, recently married […]