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Posted: June 5, 2016:  

Athletics: Rio Ready: Shalane Flanagan Runs Blazing Time at Suja Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Half Marathon

Scott Smith wins the men’s half-marathon; Eric Noel and McKale Davis place first in the men’s and women’s marathon

U.S. Olympian Meb Keflezighi paced the 90-minute half-marathon group

Kevin Gonzalez participates in his 100th Rock ‘n’ Roll event; Gavin Degraw headlines post race concert

SAN DIEGO, CA - June 5, 2016 - Shalane Flanagan and Amy Cragg are close U.S. Olympic team members, but today they were competitors at the Suja Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon & 1/2 Marathon. The two decided to run their own race in Sunday’s half-marathon and it was impressive, particularly for Flanagan.

4-time Olympian Shalane Flanagan poses with the Stars and Stripes flag after crossing the finish line setting her personal best time of 1:07:52 in the half marathon race during the 19th running of the Suja Rock 'n' Roll San Diego Marathon on June 5, 2016 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kent Horner/Getty Images for Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series)

The 34-year-old Flanagan ran a blazing time in San Diego, winning the women’s race in 1:07:51. It smashed her personal-best in the half marathon, and was the second-fastest half run by an American this year (behind Molly Huddle’s 1:07:41 at the NYC Half in March).

Cragg, who beat Flanagan at the U.S. Olympic Trials marathon in February, finished two minutes behind Flanagan on Sunday, but still ran a personal-best 1:09:51.

Their coach, Jerry Schumacher, was ecstatic to see such a promising performance leading up to Rio this summer.

"For both of them to run personal records like that shows that they are capable of something big in Rio. And that’s what you want," said Schumacher.

The Suja Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Half Marathon will be the pair’s only race between February’s Olympic Trials and the Olympic marathon in August. At the Trials in Los Angeles, the two ran together for the first 25 miles, until they split up when Flanagan started having trouble with the heat. Cragg won the race, and Flanagan finished third—both securing an Olympic bid along with Desiree Linden.

The two have trained together throughout the entire year, including going to Rio together in April to familiarize themselves with the Olympic marathon course. But on Sunday, they were competitors.

"Amy and I have done some intense workouts together, but we also maintain a competitive spirit." Today we pushed ourselves individually to both beat personal records,” said Flanagan.

On the men’s side, Scott Smith won the half-marathon in a time of 62:35, ahead of Daniel Teklebrhan (63:38) and Jeffrey Eggleston (63:48).

In the marathon, Eric Noel placed first in the men’s race (2:26:39) followed by Franklin Tenorio (2:34:37) and Eddie Venegas (2:37:50). On the women’s side, McKale Davis won the marathon with a time of 2:56:16 coming in behind her was Maija Hitchings (3:03:09) and Bessy Leszczynski (3:06:15).

Rock ‘n’ Roll loyalist, Kevin Gonzalez completed his 100th Rock ‘n’ Roll event today in San Diego. The 43-year-old from Wellington, Fla., just outside of West Palm Beach, wore bib number 100 to commemorate the achievement, in which all but two races have been half marathons.

More than 33,000 runners hit the streets and scenic neighborhoods at the 19th annual Suja Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon & Half-Marathon. The event wrapped up with a finish line festival and post race Toyota Rock ‘n’ Roll Concert Series headlined by Gavin DeGraw. Race weekend kicked off with the annual Suja Rock ‘n’ Roll 5K on Saturday at Balboa Park. Participants that ran Saturday and any distance Sunday earned the coveted Remix Challenge medal along with each race’s finisher medal.

2-time Olympian Amy Cragg competes in the half marathon race during the 19th running of the Suja Rock 'n' Roll San Diego Marathon on June 5, 2016 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kent Horner/Getty Images for Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series)

2016 Suja Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon & Half-Marathon Results
Name, Age, Hometown, Time 
Men’s Marathon
1. Eric Noel, 28, San Luis Obispo, CA, 2:26:39, $1,000
2. Franklin Tenorio, 46, Ecuador, 2:34:37, $750
3. Eddie Venegas, 38, La Verne, CA, 2:37:50, $500
4. Rob Coslick, 33, Phoenix, AZ, 2:39:02
5. Zach Withall, 22, La Jolla, CA, 2:43:37

Women’s Marathon
1. McKale Davis, 31, Chandler, AZ, 2:56:16, $1,000
2. Maija Hitchings, 32, San Diego, CA, 3:03:09, $750
3. Bessy Leszczynski, 31, San Diego, CA, 3:06:15, $500
4. Katherine Frydryk, 23, Naperville, IL, 3:07:22
5. Stephanie Sanders, 22, Orland Park, IL, 3:08:48, $750

Men’s Half Marathon 
1. Scott Smith, 29, Flagstaff, AZ, 1:02:34, $3,500
2. Daniel Teklebrhan, 28, Los Angeles, CA, 1:03:37, $2,000
3. Jeffrey Eggleston, 31, Boulder, CA, 1:03:44, $1,500
4. Miguel Almachi, 32, Ecuador, 1:05:12, $1,000
5. Segundo Jami, 30, Ecuador, 1:05:18, $750

Women’s Half Marathon
1. Shalane Flanagan, 34, Portland, OR, 1:07:51, $3,500
2. Amy Cragg, 32, Portland, OR, 1:09:50, $2,000
3. Eri Hayakawa, 34, Japan, 1:14:10, $1,500
4. Christina Vergara Aleshire, 34, Henderson, NV, 1:15:42, $1,000
5. Lauren Martin, 24, Alamosa, CO, 1:15:43, $750

About Suja Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon & Half-Marathon

The 19th annual Suja Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon & Half-Marathon will run through San Diego over the weekend of June 3 - 5. The race is known for lining the course with live bands and cheerleaders interspersed with themed water stations along each mile of the route. The original Rock 'n' Roll Marathon in 1998 is still recognized as the largest inaugural marathon in U.S. history with 19,979 entrants. A free two-day Health & Fitness Expo at the San Diego Convention Center kicks off race weekend, featuring more than 80 fitness retailers, exhibits, free samples and interactive clinics. The event concludes Sunday afternoon with the Toyota Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series Headliner Concert by Gavin DeGraw. Over the 19-year history of the race, participating runners have raised more than $176 million for charity in San Diego. For more information about the Suja Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego, please visit

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