- December 17, 2008 at 1:04 am #10750
Olympian and World Championship bronze medalist Kara Goucher will compete in the 113th running of the Boston Marathon on April 20, 2009.
Internationally accomplished on the track, Goucher's debut in the marathon this past November was impressive. Her 2:25:53 third place performance in New York City set a number of American women's marathon records: the fastest debut ever, the fastest time ever run on the course, and the fastest time of 2008. With those credentials, Goucher is poised for a top finish in Boston, where the last American winner was Lisa Larsen-Weidenbach in 1985, and before her Joan Benoit in 1983.
“I could not be more excited to participate in the 2009 Boston Marathon on the John Hancock Elite Team,” said Goucher. “As an American, Boston is an incredible opportunity to run a Major Marathon. The race has a history like no other and its legacy spans generations. I am so thankful to continue my journey toward my goal of becoming the best runner in the world here in the United States.”
With Boston champion Alberto Salazar as her coach, Goucher is certain to learn how to manage the difficult course, as did Salazar in his famous 1982 course-record duel with Dick Beardsley.
“Coach Salazar will guide me to be ready to tackle the course, and the infamous Heartbreak Hill,” added Goucher. “Winning Boston is my next big challenge, and I could not have picked a bigger stage.”
The 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials winner in the 5,000m and runner up in the 10,000m, Goucher went to the Beijing Olympic Games and finished ninth in the 5,000m and 10th in the 10,000m.
At the 2007 IAAF World Outdoor Championships, she won the bronze medal in the 10,000m, becoming the first American to ever medal in that event.
On the roads, in her first half marathon, Goucher handed world marathon record holder Paula Radcliffe of Great Britain a rare defeat by winning the 2007 Great North Run in 1:06:57, one of the fastest times in the world.
A 2001 University of Colorado graduate and seven-time All American, the 30-year old Goucher grew up in Duluth, Minnesota. Married to professional runner and Olympian Adam Goucher for the past seven years, the couple trains with the Nike Oregon Project and resides in Portland, Oregon. The Gouchers support and promote running on the national youth level.
- December 17, 2008 at 6:44 pm #26818
I am going to route for her but it seems that many Americans cannot seem to finish well against strong international fields.
- December 17, 2008 at 7:36 pm #26819
I was shocked when I saw elsewhere people claiming that this is looking like the year that two Americans (Hall and Goucher) could win Boston. In all reality, if even one of them won, it would be huge. If I had to pick one, I'd pick Goucher but I honestly believe neither will pull it off. More likely but still a tall order and a heck of an accomplishment by both if it happens, a potential double podium finish.
- December 19, 2008 at 2:32 am #26820
It would not have shocked me, given the presumptive source. Those people are ignorant and they are only happy to prove it over and over again. Each certainly has a chance, but just as there will always be at least one African who could run Hall into the ground there will also always be at least one Russian who could out-duel Goucher. Unless of course John Hancock BAA rigs the fields for them like real Berlin does for Gebrselassie.
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