Posted by: Joe English | August 2, 2009

Racing — Goucher storms to victory at Rock N Roll Chicago Half-marathon

running-advice-bugCHICAGO –– It would have been a safe bet that Kara Goucher was going to win the women’s division today at the Rock N Roll Chicago Half-marathon. She did win that race by a massive 13 minutes and 45 seconds over the next closest female runner. But Goucher did more than that here today. After turning in a 1:08:05 time, she won the race overall by twenty seconds over the first male finisher as well. Goucher layed down an impressive course record in the race and remains undefeated at the half-marathon distance.

Goucher wins Rock N Roll Chicago

Goucher wins Rock N Roll Chicago

As Goucher flew into the finish, it was through a clamor of thunder sticks and the roar of thousands of spectators. “I felt I could run in the 67-68 minute range,” she said. “The race was great, better than my preparations for Boston. It was awesome to be the first finisher and I wanted to enjoy the crowd. I really liked how the course changed up, there was never a stretch where it was dull, and you are going through the city, going over bridges and along the water. I really liked the course.”

Goucher ran the race in preparations for the upcoming IAAF World Championships in Berlin and exceeded the expectations of her coach Alberto Salazar with her performance.

Chicago’s Rock ‘n’ Roll debut race was broadcast on a live webcast at competitor.com, which included live commentary from start to finish. The webcast, dubbed the ‘Kara Cam’ focused exclusively on Goucher running her first half marathon on U.S. soil.

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