Longshot Named Cassidy Qualifies For Olympic Trials

No, his first name isn't Quentin.

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No, his first name isn’t Quentin.

Staten Island's Mike Cassidy qualified for the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials last weekend. Photo: SI Live

For diehard fans of the book Once a Runner, the name Cassidy,  evokes thoughts of the sport’s pureness–about giving 100% to be the best possible runner you can be. This is because of the trials of and tribulations of the book’s protagonist, Quentin Cassidy.

At the California International Marathon last weekend, a runner sharing the same last name became one of the last American men to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials next month in Houston, Texas. His name is Mike Cassidy and by barely making the qualifying standard by eight seconds, it can be argued that he is channelling the spirt of the famous Quentin Cassidy.

Mike Cassidy’s finish time on Sunday, 2:18:52, was good for 11th place in a marathon that he calls the “fastest course in the country.”

A Long Island, New York native, Cassidy is pleased with his race and looks forward to the Trials. “I’ve haven’t run to my maximum potential,” Cassidy admitted. “I know a lot of things have to fall into place but it’s not unthinkable.”

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