You May Remember Them from Such NYRR Races As...

High-level runners have had the past four years to train, qualify, and then train some more for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials Marathon. On Saturday, more than 700 athletes will be taking to the streets of Atlanta in pursuit of a spot on Team USA. A number of these athletes will be coming from the New York City area and have competed in NYRR races week in and week out as part of their four-year build-up. 

To celebrate all that these local runners have accomplished in this Olympic cycle, we're highlighting those NYRR members who have won NYRR races since the last Trials in 2016. New York sports fans might be familiar with the phrase, "Let's go to the video tape," but in this case, we're going to the finish-line tape, in a segment we're calling "You May Remember Them from Such NYRR Races As..."

Read on to learn more about these runners, and who knows, you might just see a few of them competing for a top spot in Centennial Olympic Park on Saturday!


Esther Atkins

Club: New York Athletic Club
NYRR Races Won: 2018 NYRR R-U-N 5K, 2017 Front Runners New York LGBT Pride Run, 2016 NYRR Harry Murphy Cross Country (5K), 2016 Grete's Great Gallop (13.1M), 2016 NYRR Team Championships (5M)


Mia Behm

Club: Unattached
NYRR Races Won: 2020 NYRR Joe Kleinerman 10K


Alexandra Cadicamo

Club: New York Athletic Club
NYRR Races Won: 2019 Percy Sutton Harlem 5K Run, 2019 NYRR Washington Heights Salsa, Blues, and Shamrocks 5K


Sarah Cummings

Club: New York Athletic Club
NYRR Races Won: 2016 NYRR Retro 4-Miler


Megan Foster

Current Club: Distance Project NYC
NYRR Races Won: 2018 NYRR Grete's Great Gallop (10K), 2017 Race to Deliver 4M to Benefit God's Love We Deliver, 2016 TCS New York City Marathon Tune-Up (18M)

Get to know Foster and other members of Distance Project NYC, the 2019 NYRR Team Championships winners, as they send seven qualifiers to Atlanta this weekend.


Roberta Groner

Club: New York Athletic Club
NYRR Races Won: 2020 NYRR Fred Lebow Half-Marathon, 2019 NYRR Queens 10K, 2018 NYRR Ted Corbitt 15K, 2018 NYRR Team Championships (5M), 2018 NYRR Al Gordon Brooklyn 4M, 2017 New Balance Bronx 10 Mile

Read more about Roberta Groner's story, as she looks to continue the momentum from her sixth-place finish at last summer's IAAF World Athletics Championships Marathon.


Ana Johnson

Current Club: Distance Project NYC
NYRR Races Won: 2019 NYRR Joe Kleinerman 10K


Harriott Kelly

Current Club: Distance Project NYC
NYRR Races Won: 2018 NYRR Washington Heights Salsa, Blues, and Shamrocks 5K, 2017 Percy Sutton Harlem 5K Run, 2017 NYRR Washington Heights Salsa, Blues, and Shamrocks 5K, 2016 Race to Deliver 4M to Benefit God's Love We Deliver


Brendan Martin

Club: New York Athletic Club
NYRR Races Won: 2018 NYRR Washington Heights Salsa, Blues, and Shamrocks 5K, 2017 NYRR Washington Heights Salsa, Blues, and Shamrocks 5K

Angela Ortiz

Current Club: Distance Project NYC
NYRR Races Won: 2019 NYRR Brooklyn R-U-N 5K, 2018 NYRR Manhattan 7 Mile, 2018 Front Runners New York LGBT Pride Run (5M)


Lauren Perkins

Current Club: Distance Project NYC
NYRR Races Won: 2018 France Run (8K), 2017 NYRR Al Gordon Brooklyn 4M


Leigh Anne Sharek

Club: Brooklyn Track Club
NYRR Races Won: NYRR Pete McArdle Cross Country (15K)

Learn more about Sharek as she's preparing for the Trials, balancing her daily mileage with her career as a forensic scientist in the New York City Medical Examiner's office.

Honorable Mention: Louis Serafini

Club: Tracksmith Hare AC
NYRR Races Won: 2019 Popular® Brooklyn Half

While not a regular on the NYRR weekly racing circuit, the Boston-based Serafini did set an event record at last year's Popular® Brooklyn Half, and he now works with NYRR as a coach for the NYRR Coaching Lab's Spring Marathon Team.


Looking for a place to watch the Trials? Stop by the NYRR RUNCENTER for our 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials Marathon Viewing Party, and if you're racing on Sunday, you can pick up your number for the NYRR Washington Heights Salsa, Blues, and Shamrocks 5K while you're there!

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Ted Doyle

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