Thankfully the good folks at NBC came through in a clutch situation and aired the event Saturday afternoon. I was even able to get my husband and son's to agree to watch it as well. Yea! On the men's side, Meb Keflezighi won the event in 2:09:08. Keflezighi ran an awesome race leading the pack for most of the way then surging ahead of his competitors at the end. He also had a large Twitter following that was rooting for him.
That crash was a good lesson to show my son. At soccer he has been having trouble when they are doing sprints. He is fast and sometimes can't control it. My husband and I were able to say hey, see what happened to him? When he crashed, he didn't stop and just kept going.
Keflezighi, Hall and Abdirahman will go onto represent the men's team at the 2012 Olympics in London.
On the women's side, Shalane Flanagan won the event in 2:25:38. She set a trials record and not to mention ran pretty darn fast. Lets just say if that was me.....I would be a couple of hours hind her (like 2 to be precise). LOL!
Desiree Davila finished second (2:25:55) and Kara Goucher was third (2:26:06). I was glad to see Goucher do well. I have her book: Kara Goucher's Running for Women: From First Steps to Marathons. I love it! She is such a cool chick. I also have alot of respect for her coming back so strong after giving birth to her son Colt.
Willoughby native Katie McGregor placed 11th overall in a time of 2:34:0. It was nice to see a runner from Northeast Ohio represent on the national stage. Would have loved to see her qualify for the Olympics however the women's field was the "most deep they have seen in a long time."