Flanagan flexes in half marathon win
June 9th, 2016
Olympic runner warms up for Rio by setting personal best in Rock ‘n’ Roll event
Photo: Victah Sailer@PhotoRun
There were the requisite Elvis outfits. There were women wearing Superman T-shirts and a man in a tutu. A gentleman in a full-length Chewbacca costume seemingly posed for more pictures than hometown Olympic hero Meb Keflezighi.
But on a gray, gloomy Sunday morning when 23,363 runners, walkers and wheelchairs athletes took to the streets for the 19th Suja Rock
’n’ Roll San Diego Marathon and Half Marathon, one woman literally flexed her muscles to steal the show.
Four-time Olympic qualifier Shalane Flanagan shattered her personal record in the half marathon by 40 seconds, winning in 1 hour, 7 minutes, 51 seconds. Fittingly, Flanagan crossed the finish line in full sprint, ripping her biceps in a weightlifter’s pose.
Said Flanagan, “Any day you set a PR is a very special day.”