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Local runners ready for Olympic Trials test

June 29, 2016 For immediate release Competition starts Friday in Eugene, Ore. The Sacramento Running Association salutes the local middle-distance and long-distance runners who are entered in the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials beginning Friday in Eugene, Ore. Headlining the local contingent is U.S Olympian Kim Conley. The 30-year-old former UC Davis standout has her eyes on the women’s 10,000 meters and 5,000 meters. Conley grabbed the third and final Olympic berth in the women’s 5,000 meters at the 2012 Trials and attained the required...

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Catching up with Olympic Hopeful: Brendan Gregg

Catching up with Olympic Hopeful: Brendan Gregg Name: Brendan Gregg Age: 27 Best events and PR’s: 5000m – 13:43.52 10,000m – 28:03.27 Half Marathon – 63:35 Favorite place to run in the Sacramento area: North Davis Greenbelt Favorite place to eat after a run: Taqueria Guadalajara Favorite movie: The Great Escape Who is your greatest inspiration and why? My parents, the two hardest-working people I know. Favorite Olympic memory: “Look at Mills! Look at Mills!” If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom...

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Catching up with Olympic Hopeful: Rolanda Bell

Catching up with Olympic Hopeful: Rolanda Bell Name: Rolanda Chanel Bell Age: 28 Best events and PR’s: 3000m SC – 9:47.16 Favorite place to run in the Sacramento area: American River Trail Favorite place to eat after a run: Old Soul Coffee Shop in Midtown Favorite movie: Dirty Dancing with Patrick Swayze Who is your greatest inspiration and why? I don’t have one person in particular but anyone who has overcome adversity and persevered always inspires me to be the best version of me I can be. First or favorite Olympic memory: Competing...

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Catching up with Olympic Hopeful: Lea Wallace

Catching up with Olympic Hopeful: Lea Wallace Name: Lea Wallace Age: 27 Best events and PR’s: 800m – 2:00.1 1500m – 4:09.3 Favorite place to run in the Sacramento area: American River Trail Favorite place to eat after a run: Bacon and Butter Favorite movie or book: Lion King Who is your greatest inspiration and why? My adoptive parents because of their selflessness. First Olympic memory: My first Olympic memory is watching Dominique Dawes and the “Magnificent Seven” win gold at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games. If...

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Catching up with Olympic Hopeful: Shadrack Biwott

Catching up with Olympic Hopeful: Shadrack Biwott Name: Shadrack Biwott Age: 31 Best events and PR’s: Half marathon – 1:01:24 Marathon – 2:12 Favorite place to run in the Sacramento area: American River Parkway Favorite place to eat after a run: Karen’s Bakery Favorite movie: McFarland, USA Who is your greatest inspiration and why? My brother Duncan Kibet is my greatest inspiration. I look at how hard he trains and as a results of hard work ethics he was able to 2:04:27 for Marathon. It’s a reminder to me that...

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Catching up with Olympic Hopeful: Alycia Cridebring

Catching up with Olympic Hopeful: Alycia Cridebring Name: Alycia Cridebring Age: 24 Best events and PR’s: 1500m – 4:16.76 5000m – 15:35.34 10,000m – 33:12.93 Favorite place to run in the Sacramento area: American River Parkway Favorite place to eat after a run: Ettore’s Cafe Favorite book: Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card Who is your greatest inspiration and why? My parents. They have always been supportive of whatever I chose to do and never pushed me in one direction or the other. When I chose running, I was confident that it was my...

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Catching up with Olympic Hopeful: Kate Grace

Catching up with Olympic Hopeful: Kate Grace Name: Kate Grace Age: 27 Best events and PR’s: 800m – 1:59.4 1500m – 4:05.6 Favorite place to run in the Sacramento area: American River Trail, of course. I like the run starting at Ashton Park. Favorite place to eat after a run: Somewhere with counter service (after a run I want my food quick!) Favorite book: I like poetry. A book of poems by Pablo Neruda or Hafiz I could read again and again. Who is your greatest inspiration and why? My mom, because she enjoys life and is always...

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Catching up with Olympic Hopeful: Lauren Wallace

Catching up with Olympic Hopeful: Lauren Wallace Name: Lauren Wallace Age: 26 Best events and PR’s: 800m – 2:00.4 1500m – 4:13 Favorite place to run in the Sacramento area: American River Parkway!! Favorite place to eat after a run: Any type of brunch place. Fortunately, Sacramento has tons of options – Bella Bru, Orphan, Bacon and Butter, Etorres Favorite movie or book: Movie- Wild Things Can’t Be Broken, Book- Life of Pi Who is your greatest inspiration and why? My aunt Mary. She embodied love, compassion, toughness and...

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Catching up with Olympic Hopeful: Kaitlin Gregg Goodman

Catching up with Olympic Hopeful: Kaitlin Gregg Goodman Name: Kaitlin Gregg Goodman Age: 29 Best events and PR’s: 5,000 meters – 15:29 10,000 meters – 32:09 Favorite place to run in the Sacramento area: American River Parkway! Favorite place to eat after a run: Crepeville Favorite movie: Forrest Gump Who is your greatest inspiration and why? Meb Keflezighi – he’s a fierce competitor who gets the job done on the big stage, always rising to the occasion when it counts. He’s also a super nice guy, down to...

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Catching up with Olympic Hopeful Lianne Farber

Catching up with Olympic Hopeful: Lianne Farber Name: Lianne Farber Age: 24 Best events and PR’s: 800m – 2:03.9 1500m – 4:12.3 5000m – 16:05 Favorite place to run in the Sacramento area? American River Parkway by the fish hatchery in Folsom Favorite place to eat after a run? Old Soul at the Weatherstone Who is your greatest inspiration and why? I’d have to say my teammate Kim Conley. She was an inspiration to me before I even knew her just because her story really stuck with me, but being her teammate and seeing how hard she...

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