CIM OTQ Pacers

Ali on the Run Show Episode 196: The CIM Olympic Trials Qualifying Time Pacers

“We put ourselves on the line to help other people accomplish their dreams, and that was pretty freaking awesome.”

At the California International Marathon (CIM) earlier this month, 72 women ran faster than 2 hours 45 minutes, officially qualifying to run the Olympic Trials in the marathon. Leading several dozen of those women were Menso de Jong, Chris Stehula, and Ken Rakestraw — the official sub-2:45 pace group leaders. None of them had ever run a 2:45 marathon before. This is their story.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • How Menso, Chris, and Ken got the job as pacers (3:40)
  • How Menso, Chris, and Ken trained for the race (16:30)
  • The plan for race day! (26:25)
  • What the energy at the CIM start line was like (32:20)
  • On the rules of pacing (49:00)
  • What the finish was like (53:20)
  • Menso, Chris, and Ken share their messages for all the women who went for OTQ times at CIM this year (1:03.50)

What we mention on this episode:

Jenny & Judi Donnelly on Episode 193 of the Ali on the Run Show

“The Marathon Protagonists” by Menso de Jong

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2 Responses

  1. Ali, I freaking loved this episode! I too have been obsessed with this finish line and the stories behind it. Always a total delight to listen to you and the inspiring people you interview.

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I’m the creator of the Ali on the Run blog and the host of the Ali on the Run Show podcast. I’m also a freelance writer and editor, a race announcer, a runner and marathoner, a mom, and a huge fan of Peanut M&Ms, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (way better than the first one!), and reliving my glory days as a competition dancer in the early 2000s. I’m really happy you’re here.
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