Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- Former Duluth East star Kara Goucher will compete in her second Olympics on August 5, that being the day of the women's marathon in the 2012 London Summer Games.
Should she win a gold medal, or any medal, that race will undoubtedly be her favorite. Right now, though, her most memorable experience in running was this past June in Duluth.
"I just went to my hometown, where I grew up, in Duluth and ran that USA Half Marathon Championship," Goucher said. "It was just amazing for me with all of the faces that were there when I started my running career. My high school coach was at the finish line. My grandparents were at the finish line. They never missed a single race of mine my entire high school career."
The former Greyhound made a triumphant return to Duluth, setting a new course record while winning the 2012 USA Half Marathon Championships.
Goucher finished the 13.1-mile course in a time of 1:09:46, beating out previous record-holder Colleen De Reuck by just 14 seconds.
"It was really just an amazing journey," Goucher continued. "I had people at the starting line [talking to me], and that's something I'm never going to forget. It touched me in a way that I wasn't expecting."
The race was the first competition in Duluth in more than 15 years for Goucher, who had not run a race in her hometown since graduating from Duluth East in 1996.
Goucher will be making her second appearance in the Olympics this August, having qualified for the United States in the full marathon.
She previously ran in the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, competing in both the 5,000-meters and the 10,000-meters.
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