Brett Ely Races to a Personal Best 2:38:53 at Grandma's Marathon

20 JUN 2011
Brett Ely Races to a Personal Best 2:38:53 at Grandma's Marathon
Brett Ely had already qualified twice for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials Women's Marathon when the starter's pistol went off at Grandma's Marathon in Duluth, MN on Saturday, June 18, 2011. When she crossed the finish line, she had qualified for a third time and was boasting a new personal best of 2:38:53. Her time at Grandma's also dipped under the trials "A" standard of 2:39:00 and placing her 38th on the list of qualifiers. Ely has steadily improved her qualifying time from a 2:45:36 at the Miami Marathon in January 2010 to a 2:40:46 at the Cal International in December 2010 before turning in her most recent mark.

Ely's time places her at the top of the list of B.A.A. athletes who have qualified for the 2012 marathon trials. Joining her in the race will be Jeannette Faber who boasts a 2:39:41 from the 2010 U.S. Women's Marathon Championship hosted by the New York Marathon, Heather Cappello, who posted a 2:43:58 at the 2009 U.S. Marathon Championships hosted by the Twin Cities Marathon, and Kasie Enman and Elle Pishny, who ran 2:39:55 and 2:44:40 respectively at the 2011 Boston Marathon. The men will be represented by Lucas Meyer who qualified with a 1:03:51 at the U.S. Men's Half Marathon Championship held in Houston in January 2010.

The U.S. Olympic Team Trials Men's & Women's Marathons will be held in Houston, TX on Saturday, January 14, 2012 - one day prior to the Houston Marathon.

Click here for the US Olympic Team Trials Men's & Women's Marathon information.

Click here for Grandma's Marathon Results.

B.A.A. Moment 1

1920 - Ashland Start

The Boston Marathon began in Ashland, Massachusetts from 1897 through 1923 then moved to Hopkinton for the 1924 race. The course was lengthened to 26 miles, 385 yards to conform to the Olympic standard, and the starting line was moved west from Ashland to Hopkinton. Since then, the race has started in Hopkinton every year.