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Posted: December 11, 2009  :

(RRW) Athletics: Flanagan To Make Half-Marathon Debut In Houston

From David Monti
© 2009 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved

Olympic 10,000m bronze medallist Shalane Flanagan will make her half-marathon debut at the Aramco Houston Half-Marathon on Sunday, January 17, USA Track and Field announced late yesterday. The event is hosting the USA Half-Marathon championships for both men and women.

"I am looking forward to testing myself over new distances in 2010," said Flanagan in an e-mail message to Race Results Weekly. "Houston is a great fit because it offers a fast course and fantastic competition."

Flanagan, 28, holds the American records for both 5000m (14:44.80) and 10,000m (30:22.22), as well as the American indoor records for 3000m (8:33.25) and 5000m (14:47.62). The former University of North Carolina star has already put in some solid road racing efforts, posting career best times of 15:26 for 5-K, 25:40 for 8-K and 32:25 for 10-K. She attended the ING New York City Marathon last month and has said that she hoped to move up to that distance, soon, under coach Jerry Schumacher.

In Houston, she'll face defending champion Magdalena Lewy Boulet and runner-up Kelly Jaske, USATF said.

"Having an athlete with Shalane's credentials run in Houston is a tremendous boost to our race," said Houston race director Brant Kotch, an attorney. "We have a long history of hosting competitive and exciting national championship races, and we believe the women's and men's half-marathon events next month will be no exception."

For American athletes, the contest in Houston traditionally has the deepest domestic field. In the 2009 race 16 women broke 75 minutes, and 29 broke 78 minutes. Lewy Boulet, an Olympic marathoner, ran a personal best 71:47 to win her first national title at any distance.

The USA half-marathon women's record is 67:34 by Deena Kastor, set in Berlin in 2006. Kara Goucher ran 66:57 in South Shields, England, in 2007, but that course is slightly aided.

PHOTO: Shalane Flanagan winning the 2008 USA Cross Country Title in San Diego (photo by Jane Monti)

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