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Kinsman Misses Olympic Team, Still Pleased With Her Trial Run

Rachel Sauder Kinsman missed a chance to join the U.S. Olympic team as a marathon runner, but still is pleased with her Sunday, April 20 run.

She was only about seven seconds slower than the time she ran to qualify for the Olympic trials, and she missed training time due to the Oct. 25 birth of her daughter, Adison.

“I felt good” about the run, she said.

“It was probably the best marathon experience I had.

“I started out at a controlled pace. I didn’t get caught up in everybody else’s pace. I focused on what I needed to do for the first half of the race,” she said.

“One woman took the lead pretty quickly, and got a couple of minutes out front.

“I was just off the front lead pack. I did my own thing.

“I found a group of women to run with and ran their pace, until people started dropping off,” she said.

As competitors started falling back, she passed them, moving up the ranks.

Kinsman said she wears a watch while running, so she can monitor her pace.

Out of the 26.2-mile marathon distance, she said she fell off in miles 22 and 24.

“I wondered when I would hit the wall,” she said.

“Hitting the wall” is a term used by distance runners to describe running out of energy.

The Course

Held the day before the Boston Marathon, the Olympic trials are run in Boston, but on a different course than the marathon.

The course does not include the Boston Marathon’s famous “Heartbreak Hill.”

“It’s a pretty flat course. There’s an inner loop of 2.2 miles, then a six-mile outer loop that we did four times. There’s a hill on the 2.2-mile loop, but no major hills like the Boston,” she said.

She finished the race with a time of 2:41:07, in 25th place. She was 11:32 behind the winning time of Deena Kastor, Mommoth Lakes, Calif., who completed the course in 2:29:35.

Kinsman was the second Ohio resident to cross the finish line. Ann Alyanak, Bellbrook, was seventh.

Kinsman’s family, along with Carrie Wanemacher and Matt Jacoby, youngsters from her church youth group, accompanied her to Boston.

They were stationed along the course to cheer her on.

“They had shirts made up that said, “Run Rachel Run!” she said.

Her 2 1/2-year-old daughter Rayne was along the course with the family.

When she went by Rayne, “she was waving and yelling.”


Kinsman said she enjoys running.

“I’ll continue as long as I can. I enjoy all the experiences it gives me,” she said.

She looks forward to the day when Rayne and Adison put on running shoes and run with their mom.

If they don’t, it’s okay, she said.

“It’s a lifestyle for me,” she said.

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