|Golden laurels and the champions cup - courtesy NYDaily news|
I wasn't even aware that Caroline was running yesterday. Monitoring the live feed I was first disappointed to see Flanagan fall off the lead pack at 1:45hr, then Desi broke at about 1:57hr. Both Americans no longer chasing podium spots. I then took a moment to review who the final three were: Dibaba, Deba, and Rotich. The first two easily recognizable, decorated Ethiopian runners. Spent a moment trying to place Rotich before snapping up in my chair in realization that I was watching Caroline. Holy hell, she was in the final selection at Boston. She could win this thing!
The pace accelerated at oh-shit underpass and Deba was out the back. Caroline lead the race out of the final turn onto Boylston where the finish line is suddenly wating in the distance - dangerously distant 500m off. Can't even imagine what that must be like. Dibaba moved first at about 350m, opening a little space - I cringed watching it unfold, frantically whispering encouragement and gesturing wildly from my desk. But the lead arrested, Dibaba couldn't open a break, a dramatic pause lingered over the two for several seconds, then Caroline moved all-in. The acceleration erased the small advantage and as she caught and moved past Dibaba the other runner's face creased with effort, her stride visibly strained, then she broke. Caroline ran free into open space, a giant grin on her face, the finishing tape a short 70m away. HUGE.
|Caroline's winning bid, Dibaba implodes - courtesy of USAToday|
Rotich wins! Rotich wins! Rotich wins! @ccrotich @jhboston26 #TheHarambeeProject
— Ryan Bolton (@CoachRyanBolton) April 20, 2015
A friend and training partner of Caroline's watches the live feed of the final 500m
Posted by K. Hollingsworth Ryals on Monday, April 20, 2015
Today's Santa Fe New Mexican headline piece (Staci Matlock)
Today's Santa Fe Reporter feature piece (Julie Ann Grimm)
Today's Albuquerque Journal headline piece (Glen Rosales)
Today's Boston Herald feature piece (Steve Buckley)
- Luminaries on the Rail Trail (2011)
- Caroline Rotich and the Santa Fe Elite Training Group (2011)
- BOSTON! (2015)
- Meb wins Boston (2014)