Its the course.  Of course!
Thirty four Americans qualified for the USA Olympic Trials Marathon at the CNO Financial Indianapolis Monument Marathon and Half Marathon on Saturday.  Here’s some highlights:
In the full my longtime buddy Dot McMahan (Brooks Hansons) led from start to finish turning in an “A” OTQ standard with 2:35:30.  Not bad for 40 years old, eh?  Nate Guthals of the KC Smoke led all the fellas with his own “A” in a fine 2:17:51.
In the half there were 50 men under 1:10.  25 runners under 1:05.  Top 6 hit the OTQ mark of 1:04:00.  Johnny Rutford of Omaha and LRC Racing toed the line and came away with a personal best of 1:04:52.  Jay Welp (Iowa City, IA) continues his improvement under the RunAblaze kit turning in a fine 1:06:14
Its the course.  Of course!  Flat and fast draws American competition.  Making next April 25th’s Valley 7 Lakes Marathon (America’s Marathon) a very attractive alternative for those seeking to run to their potential.  It will be all the more important the next Olympic Cycle (2024) when the standards are tightened and qualifiers will be limited to performances on IAAF record eligible courses.  V7LM fitting that bill.  https://runsignup.com/Race/NE/Valley/Valley7LakesMarathon?remMeAttempt=

Why not kick start your new year by signing up for the 2020 Two Rivers Winter Fitness Series?  We’ve set up registration for all three races.  Individually, and new this year you can pre register for all 3 and receive some special swag after the Valentine’s Day 5K.  https://www.active.com/waterloo-ne/running/two-rivers-winter-fitness-series-2020?int=