B.A.A.’s Matt Fischer and Bo Waggoner qualify for the US Men’s Olympic Marathon Trials at Philadelphia Distance Half Marathon
Perfect weather greeted runners at the Rock ‘n Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon on Saturday, October 31st. The race, which was moved this year from September to late October due to the Pope’s visit, fared well for the runners hoping to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials. Under the fast late fall conditions, 23 men and 19 women ran under the qualifying mark of 65 minutes for the men and 75 minutes for the women.
Bo Waggoner and new teammate Matt Fischer (seen in picture, third from right – photo credit: photorun.net) both qualified for the Olympic Marathon Trials by hitting the “B” standard. Matt was just out of the Top Ten with an 11th place finish in 1:04:28 with Bo just under the 65 minute mark in 1:04:49 in 21st place. Matt and Bo teamed up early in the race with a pack of men all hoping to run under 65 minutes. At the 8 mile mark, the pack began to slow and Bo and Matt moved to the front to press the pace. By 11 miles, Matt was surging ahead to finish over 30 seconds under the mark while Bo had to dig deep in the final kilometer to finish with just 11 seconds to spare. Bo commented, “It was a perfect day to race, a great course, and a bunch of great competitors. Conditions couldn’t have been better all-around.” He remarked, “It still feels surreal to me to accomplish something that I’ve thought about for so long”.
Jen Rhines already hit the “B” standard for the US Olympic Marathon Trials at the 2014 Gasparilla Half Marathon with a 1:12:34. Jen shows no sign of slowing down as she came close to that time at the Philadelphia Half finishing in 1:12:45 to place 10th overall in the women’s race. Jen was also the top female Master.
Click below for Rock ‘N Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon results: