By Mercy's Madelynn Innes
Despite unseasonable heat that forced nearly a quarter of the runners out of this month’s Olympic Marathon trials in Los Angeles, Mercy Hospital Springfield co-worker Kim Reed met her goal, finishing the 26.2-mile race in the top half.
“We started with 205 but only 149 finished,” she said. The heat was a big factor, she added. “The course took us through downtown LA. We ran mostly on asphalf with no shade.”
Kim, a physical therapist, qualified for the marathon trials by completing the 2015 Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, Minnesota in 2 hours and 38 minutes. That’s a pace of 6 minutes, 4 seconds per mile. For this month’s trials, Kim wanted to achieve a personal record and finish in 2 hours and 37 seconds.
“My time was 2:52. That doesn’t reflect my fitness level, but all things considered, I’m OK with how it turned out.”
This was Kim’s fifth marathon. The top three runners in the men’s and women’s races will represent the United States in the 2016 Olympic marathon in Rio de Janeiro.
For more on Kim's incredible journey, check out this article in the Springfield News-Leader!