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Michigan Mom Heading To The Trials

The former University of Michigan All-American made it happen in just eight months.

Katie Jazwinski on her way to the Trials. Photo: Mlive.com
Katie Jazwinski on her way to the Trials. Photo: Mlive.com

The former University of Michigan All-American made it happen in just eight months.

Katie Jazwinski from Dexter, Michigan isn’t just a mother, she’s a marathoning mother. One night, after she tucked her children in and had settled down to bed, her husband, Bob, rolled over with a surprise statement. “He said, ‘Hey, I think you should try to qualify for the Olympic Trials in the marathon’,” said Jazwinski, recalling that important evening. ““I was like, ‘What?’”

At the time,  Jazwinski was 31 and had a successful collegiate running career behind her. She had been a five-time All-American in cross country and track at the University of Michigan. Taking care of her children and working full time as a physical education teacher at Dexter Middle School seemed like a enough on her plate.

When husband Bob planted the Trials seed in her head, Jazwinski hadn’t even completed a marathon.

“[Bob] coached me, so he was pretty much the mind behind the machine. In the summer, I was running 100 miles a week for quite awhile,” recalls Jazwinski

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