Wednesday, January 03, 2007

We're #4

Last week just about everybody published some kind of
Top 10 list for 2006. So it should come as no surprise that Running USA came out with the "Top 10 moments for U.S. Distance Running in 2006." Do you remember Boston 06?

#4 U.S. Men 3-4-5 at Venerable Boston

Led by 2004 Olympic Marathon silver medalist Meb Keflezighi, U.S. men made a statement at the 110th Boston Marathon in April. In his Boston debut, Keflezighi, a Team Running USA athlete, went for the win and placed third in 2:09:56, followed by Brian Sell (2:10:55, PR) and Alan Culpepper (2:11:02). In addition, Peter Gilmore (2:12:45, PR) and Clint Verran(2:14:12, PR) also finished in the top 10, 7th and 10th respectively. The U.S. also put 11 men in the top 20 - its best Boston showing in the prize money era (first year 1986) and its best showing overall since 1983.

OK, so now you're probably wondering which moment topped ’em all?

Drumroll please...

#1 Deena Does It!

Sub-2:20 Win at London

On April 23, Kastor impressively won the Flora London Marathon in a sterling 2:19:36, which broke her 2003 U.S. record (2:21:16) and made the 2004 Olympic Marathon bronze medalist the 4th fastest woman all-time and the 8th woman to break 2:20 (and first American woman). The Team Running USA athlete maintained a metronomic 5:20 pace throughout and split each half in 1:09:48. Brava, Deena.

from Ryan Lamma, Running USA.