Thursday, April 24, 2008
2008 Women's Olympic Marathon Trials
Boston was the center of the marathon universe this past weekend. As usual, the Boston Marathon was held on Patriots Day. On Sunday, about 150 women competed in the U.S. Olympic Marathon trials. Deena Kastor (left) placed first with a masterful, come-from-behind performance.
But Joan Samuelson (right) was definitely the crowd favorite. Nearly thirty years after winning the 1979 Boston Marathon, she ended her competitive career just like she began it -- running down Bolyston Street wearing a Red Sox cap. Finishing in 2:49:08, she set a new American record for the 50-54 age group.
More photos in this set on Flickr.