The pair could be the oldest and youngest runners at the next Olympic Trials marathon.
For two Olympic hopefuls, it all starts Nov. 2.
Colleen De Reuck, 49, and Alana Hadley, 16, will run the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon and attempt to earn an Olympic qualifying time ahead of the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. If the pair is able to secure the mark, they will punch a ticket to run in the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials.
And if they compete in that race, they could potentially be the youngest and oldest runners in the field.
The Indianapolis race is relatively young — it started in 2008. But it’s a fast course, which convinced De Reuck and Hadley to try it out and aim for their Trials standard.
A four-time Olympic marathoner who also won the 1996 Berlin Marathon, De Reuck competes in triathlons as well, including next month’s Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Las Vegas. But after that, she told Runner’s World her focus will solely rest on marathoning.
Hadley’s best half-marathon time is 1:16:41, an American record for 15-year-olds when she clocked it a year ago. Her debut marathon earlier this year didn’t go as planned because of a mid-race injury.
“She didn’t get the opportunity to reap all the benefits of the hard work she did,” Hadley’s father and coach, Mark Hadley, told Runner’s World. “We’re looking forward for her to have that opportunity and get that good feeling of coming across the finish line having run a good race.”