Leading up to the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Marathon, Atlanta Track Club partnered with the Grady Sports Media program at the University of Georgia to profile some of the competitors in the race. The authors of these stories are undergraduate students enrolled in the program and have been lightly edited by the Club. 

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After 36 years, the Zapata Family Returns to the Olympic Trials

Feb 18, 2020
By Emily Engeland  Bridget Zapata sobbed as she crossed the finish line at the 2017 California International Marathon.  Waiting at the end was her mother, Bonnie Zapata. Embracing a noticeably unhappy Zapata after the race, her mother tried to cheer her up.  “You beat me, Bridget!” Bonnie...

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AnnMarie Kirkpatrick: From Hiking Mountains to Running in the Olympic Trials

Feb 18, 2020
By Amelia Green It would be easy to assume AnnMarie Kirkpatrick is like many other runners. She ran in high school, took several years off from the sport, then picked it up again in her thirties in part because of her love of the outdoors. What sets Kirkpatrick apart is that less than five years after returning to the sport, she qualified for the...

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Kasie Enman Returns to the Trials for a Third Time

Feb 18, 2020
By Thomas BrownKasie Enman knows the drill. When she toes the line at the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Marathon in Atlanta, it will be the third time for the 40-year-old mother of two. Enman is ready to test herself for a third time. An avid runner while growing up in New Hampshire, Enman started racing in high school. Enman continued her...

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Stronger than ever: Ashley Brasovan defies odds to get back to the top

Feb 18, 2020
By Alyssa Beebe Ashley Brasovan’s road to the U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Marathon is a story of redemption. Brasovan excelled as a high school runner. She was the 2007 Foot Locker National Champion, the 2008 5K Nike Outdoor Champion, and a four time Florida state cross country champion. She expected this success to continue when she accepted an athletic...

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