2012 U.S. Women's Olympic Marathon Team to Run 2013 Boston Marathon
Team USA: Shalane Flanagan, Desiree Davila, and Kara Goucher Commit To Run 2013 Boston Marathon
Posted Wednesday, 13 June, 2012
From Ryan Lamppa, Running USA
BOSTON - (June 13, 2012) - John Hancock Financial, Principal Sponsor of the Boston Marathon, has recruited elite American marathoners Shalane Flanagan, Desiree Davila and Kara Goucher to run the 117th Boston Marathon on Monday, April 15, 2013. All three women (left, PhotoRun) will represent the U.S. in the Olympic Marathon this summer and the 2013 Boston Marathon will be their first post-Olympic Marathon.
For Ms. Flanagan, who grew up in Marblehead, Mass., this will mark her Boston debut.
"I watched the Boston Marathon religiously growing up and always dreamed about running from Hopkinton to Boston, racing down Boylston Street to the finish," said Flanagan. "I finally get the chance to fulfill this dream next April. I can't wait to give Boston everything I have. I know the love and support will be overwhelming and-in typical Boston style-loud. I'm thrilled to become part of this rich Patriots' Day tradition."
Flanagan, 30, won the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials this past January in an event record of 2 hours, 25 minutes, 38 seconds. She holds U.S. records in the indoor 3000m and 5000m and in the outdoor 10,000m. The indoor records were set in Boston, while the 10,000m record was earned during her bronze medal performance at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Ms. Davila returns to Boston after finishing runner-up in 2011 in a U.S. course record of 2:22:38.
"I'm honored and excited to be invited back to Boston as part of the John Hancock elite team," said Davila. "After coming so close to the 'W' in 2011, I've been anxious and excited about returning to Boston and taking another crack at it."
Davila, 28, is now the third fastest American marathoner of all-time, following Deena Kastor and Joan Benoit Samuelson. She recently placed second at the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, where she qualified for her first Olympic team.
"I no longer consider myself a beginner at the marathon; I've competed in a number of major races, and have slowly become more comfortable with a wide variety of racing tactics," said Davila. "The experience from the 2011 Boston Marathon was a big turning point. I now believe I have the tools and the ability to compete and contend for the title at a major marathon. To have that confidence along with a team of coaches that really know how to prepare athletes for the Boston Marathon should pay huge dividends come spring 2013."
Ms. Goucher, 33, returns to Boston for the third time after making her second Olympic Team with a third place finish at the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials. At Boston in 2009, she shared the lead until the final meters and finished third.
"The city of Boston captured my heart when I ran my first Boston Marathon in 2009," said Goucher. "The support for the Marathon in Boston is incredible. I didn't meet my goal of winning in 2009, but the entire city embraced me for trying."
In 2011, shortly after giving birth to her son, Colt, Goucher finished fifth at Boston in a personal best 2:24:52, becoming the fourth fastest American marathoner of all-time.
"The Boston Marathon is an historical gem," said Goucher. "To be a part of this history excites me and drives me to train harder. I absolutely love the city of Boston and its Marathon. They have embraced me as one of their own. This will be my third trip to Boston and I will use my past experiences to help me get it right this time. I'm hoping that the third time will be the charm."
Flanagan, Davila and Goucher are the first professional athletes announced as part of the John Hancock international team for the 2013 Boston Marathon. The Company has been principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon for 27 years.
"Shalane, Desiree, and Kara have competed against the most talented women in the world with amazing results," said Rob Friedman, head of Sponsorship and Event Marketing at John Hancock. "The Olympics and the 2013 Boston Marathon should be no different. As individuals these women are fierce competitors, and as a team they prove themselves relentless. With Desiree and Kara previously making the podium in Boston and Shalane winning the Trials, they are sure to provide the millions of Boston Marathon fans with a race to remember."
"Thanks to John Hancock Financial, which assembles the elite athlete field for us, next year's Boston Marathon will have a decidedly American feel to it," said Tom Grilk, B.A.A. Executive Director. "All of us at the B.A.A. and in Boston will be watching the Olympic Marathon this summer, and we're anxious to see how the Americans fare in London. We wish them luck, and we are already eagerly anticipating the heightened exposure and attention these women will receive as members of Team USA, and the added interest they will bring to the 2013 Boston Marathon next spring."
To view video of "Three Women. One Goal. 2013 Boston Marathon", go to: http://youtu.be/ohP0r9Gbmw4
For more information,visit: www.bostonmarathon.org