Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- Duluth native Kara Goucher started her running career at Duluth East on the track, but now she's made the transition to the road and will compete in the women's marathon in the 2012 London Summer Olympic Games.
That comes after she competed in the 5,000-meters and 10,000-meters during the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games. During a trip to Duluth this summer, Goucher compared running on the track versus the road.
"On the roads, you don't get to the same intensity," Goucher said. "You're not wearing spikes. You're not up on your toes. It's easier on your feet, but you have to log a lot more miles. It's just different. Road running kind of pounds you down a little bit, but the track can be tough on your feet and ankles. It's just different."
Goucher won the 2012 USA Half Marathon Championships in Duluth this past June, finishing the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon course in a record time of 1:09:46.
The former Greyhound will run the women's marathon in London, with that race scheduled for August 5 at 5:00 a.m. CT.
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