Olympic Trials Qualifier – Alexandra Bernardi

Where did you qualify for the trials? What was your time? 2018 Philadelphia Marathon, 2:43:43  What is your best, clearest memory of your qualifying race? I have 2: The first is seeing my husband and son cheering for me around halfway. It was a great reminder of the sacrifices we made as a family to support my (selfish) goal of qualifying for the trials, which was motivation to keep pushing through the second half of the race. And it gave me a boost of adrenaline thinking about the example I was setting for my son by setting a big goal…

Olympic Trials Qualifier – Matt Rand

Where did you qualify for the trials? What was your time? 2019 Indianapolis Monumental Marathon 2:18:36 What is your best, clearest memory of your qualifying race? Toward the end of the race, the most coherent thought I had was when I passed the mile 26 clock and saw 2:17:36. I told myself just don’t trip or collapse and I got it, no need to speed up and aggravate something. There were some other guys near me, but I couldn’t have cared less about beating them – I was just staring at the clock. Crossing the finish line was mainly relief…

Olympic Trials Qualifier: Jennifer Donnelly

Where did you qualify for the trials? What was your time? California International Marathon 2019 – 2:44:31 What is your best, clearest memory of your qualifying race? With 800m to go, I knew that I had it and just remember feeling this overwhelming sense of gratitude. I had this huge smile plastered across my face. Turning into the final stretch, I could see a group of women under the finish line (who had themselves just qualified) cheering us in. Immediately upon crossing, I ran straight into the arms of fellow qualifying women. There were shared tears, hugs, and screams on…

Olympic Trials Qualifier: Aileen Barry

Where did you qualify for the trials? What was your time? Grandma’s Marathon in 2018. 2:44:49 Chip time, 2:44:51 Gun time What is your best, clearest memory of your qualifying race? About a mile into the race, an unbelievable group of about 16 women deep formed. We all ran together until mile 15/16 when the pack started to break up.  We were chatting and getting to know each other, trying to work together so that as many of us as possible would qualify. Passing bottles around, taking turns leading the group etc. I never expected to have this type of…

Olympic Trials Qualifier: Natalie Gingerich Mackenzie

I ran the San Diego Rock and Roll marathon with college friends in 2005 with the goal of finishing, and ran I believe 3:24 it was. I ran cross country nationals that year on next to no training, and Devon quickly whisked me into running track races for the next 5 years that I lived in NYC (where she qualified for USA Indoor Nationals in the mile in 2008 and 2009). 12 years later, in 2017 I trained for Chicago and ran 2:48, took a break to have a baby, and then qualified with 2:43 last June at Grandma’s. Is…

Olympic Trials Qualifier: Andrea Bradshaw

Andrea Bradshaw has been with Central Park Track Club – New Balance since 2009. Originally focusing on short and middle distance events, Andrea only ran her first marathon in 2019. In her second attempt at the distance, at the Philadelphia Marathon, Andrea qualified for the Olympic Trials with a personal best 2:44:15.   Where did you qualify for the trials? What was your time? Philadelphia Marathon 2019. 2:44:12 or 2:44:15 (depending on gun or chip time) What is your best, clearest memory of your qualifying race? The most fun moment was running (mile 5?) through downtown Philly, with spectators on…

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