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 2

1935 John A. Kelley

Born in West Medford, Massachusetts as one of ten children, Kelley ran track and cross-country at Arlington High School in Massachusetts. He did not finish his first Boston Marathon in 1928, but eventually competed in a record 61 Boston Marathons. A legend of the marathon, Kelley won the 1935 and 1945 runnings of the Boston Marathon. He finished in second place at Boston a record seven times. Between 1934 to 1950, he finished in the top five 15 times at Boston, consistently running in the 2:30s. He ran his last full marathon at Boston in 1992 at the age of 84, his 61st start and 58th finish there.