The Hansons-Brooks Distance Project made its trip to Southern California a worthwhile one as the group had an impressive showing at the San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon. The training group based in Rochester Hills, Michigan saw each of its fifth athletes participating on Sunday place in the top ten of their races.
Veteran Luke Humphrey ran a long-awaited marathon personal best on Sunday morning. His time of 2:14:37 was good enough for fifth in the race and represented his best 26.2 mile effort since the 2006 Chicago Marathon. Humphrey is now 16th on the descending order list for the 2012 Olympic Trials marathon. In a post-race interview below, Humphrey discusses his race and how he has learned to stay patient during marathon races.
Cornell-grad Sage Canaday also improved upon his PR, dipping under 2:17 for the first time in a time of 2:16:50. Although he already had the Olympic Trials qualifier, Canaday went into the race with an aggressive mentality that paid off. He also talks about the deceiving nature of the net-downhill course that only contains some especially difficult hills on Highway 163.
Melissa White was hoping for an effort around 2:30 on Sunday but ultimately ran 2:33:08, just 13 seconds off her personal best. Despite being disappointed, White sees this marathon preparation as one of her best and is optimistic heading into the Olympic Trials in January.
Drew Polley missed out of his goal of breaking 65 minutes in the half marathon but was still pleased with how he competed in coming second to Meb Keflezighi.