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Kate Tenforde

Kate Tenforde

2004 Olympian Kate O’Neill Tenforde joined the runcoach staff in April, 2010. Having grown up outside of Boston, her earliest running memory is traveling downtown every spring to watch the end of the Boston Marathon.

Kate competed for Yale University, where she was a seven-time All-American, ten-time Ivy League Champion, and was named NCAA Woman of the Year for Connecticut in 2003. During Kate’s senior year she was a three-time runner-up at the NCAA championships. She was also awarded Academic All-American honors three times and was a two-time Academic All-Ivy.

In the lead up to the 2004 Olympics, she dropped over a minute from her previous best in the 10,000 meters, with a time of 31:34 which eclipsed the Olympic A qualifying standard. She later cinched her spot on the Olympic roster by finishing third at the 2004 Olympic Trials and finished the year ranked third for American women at the distance.

In 2007, Kate made her marathon debut at the LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon and finished 3rd. In 2010 she returned to competition after a long layoff due to injury and finished 7th at the Bay to Breakers and 14th at the Peachtree Road Race.

Christine Kennedy traveled to the Jesse Owens Awards and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in St. Louis, Mo. this week where she was honored as the 2011 Masters Athlete of the Year.

Christine has been truly dominant on the national racing scene.  In the past year, she won the following:
  • Age division at the Boston Marathon in 2:56:17 (a 12 minute margin of victory!)
  • Masters titles at the 5 km, 10 km, and 15 km
  • 5,000 meter track title at the 2011 World Masters Athletics Championships
  • Age division in the marathon at the 2011 World Masters Athletics Championships
“The committee really was very proud to name her athlete of the year in a unanimous decision,” said Don Lein, Chair of the Masters Long Distance Running Committee. “She is a phenomenal athlete. We were impressed with not only what she had done this year, but her record over the years has been outstanding."

Christine's many accomplishments have inspired all of us at Focus-N-Fly.  We look forward to seeing what is in store for 2012!

Just one and a half more weeks until the big day!  Our last group training run will be held on May 7th.  We will start at 8:30 AM in front of the Sports Basement at 610 Old Mason Street.  Runners and walkers of all abilities are welcome!  We will have a variety of loops and training groups to fit everyone's goal for the day.

This is a perfect opportunity to...

  • Kick start your training!
  • Enjoy great views of the Golden Gate Bridge and waterfront
  • Meet some new training partners
  • Ask the Focus-N-Fly coaching team for training and racing tips

Directions to the Sports Basement - Presidio can be found here.

Calling all Bay to Breakers trainees and local FNF athletes!

Please join us this Saturday (February 26th) at 9AM for a group training run starting at the Justin Herman Plaza.

In honor of the 100th running of the race, the grandson of Robert Jackson "Bobby" Vlught, the first Bay to Breakers champion, will present the 1912 trophy to the Bay to Breakers committee. 

Justin Herman Plaza is located at the foot of Market Street at the Embarcadero, just behind the Hyatt Regency Hotel. It is just across the street from the Ferry Building.

You can find driving directions here, but we recommend taking BART or Muni to the Embarcadero Station.  If you drive, there are parking garages at Embarcadero Center, and at various locations South of Market.

We hope many of you can enjoy us for this special event honoring the great legacy of the Bay to Breakers!

As you head to the race, stay confident, motivated, and excited with these last minute tips!

Check out our Psyche up for Serious Runners podcast!

Just 3 more group training runs for the Zazzle Bay to Breakers! 

Join us!  We meet on Saturday mornings at 8:30 in the Sports Basement Presidio Parking Lot

For directions to Sports Basement, click here

Our last group training run will be held on May 12th.

Trying to think of some goals for your next big race?  Check out Tom's advice in Race Training Tips: Good Targets at Runner's World.

Tom McGlynn will speak at the Memorial Hermann Sports Medicine Institute EXPO at the following times:

Noon on Friday, January 28th

4 PM on Saturday, January 29th.

Focus-N-Fly will be located at booth 140.

Hope to see you there!

Registration for the ep 5k won't start until September 13th, but you can start training now!  If you are new to the sport, 5ks can be great introduction to the racing world.  Or if you are an experienced marathoner looking to do some speedwork, the 5k might be the perfect fit for you.  Either way, our coaching services and training guides will prepare you for any distance ranging from the 5k through the half marathon.

Exciting news for marathoners!  Gebrselassie announced today that he will run his first marathon on US soil.  See article below from ESPN.

Gebrselassie to run New York Marathon

By Jane McManus

NEW YORK -- Haile Gebrselassie, the world record-holder in the marathon, announced that he will run the New York City Marathon this fall.

"I have to run New York," he said Wednesday.

He has an eye on the record here, set by Tesfaye Jifar in 2001. When asked if he thought he'd break it, Gebrselassie said simply, "We'll see," with a telling smile.

Gebrselassie, 37, was at Icahn's Stadium for a New York Road Runners event with hundreds of fifth-graders.

This will be his first time running the NYC Marathon, although in 2007 he ran the NYRR half-marathon. He set the marathon world record of 2 hours, three minutes and 59 seconds in 2008 in Berlin, a time 3 minutes faster than the current NYC record.

The internationally acclaimed distance runner from Ethiopia has won 124 world-class races, but only a few in the United States.

"It's pretty much a thrill of a lifetime for us to host Haile in the marathon," NYRR CEO Mary Whittenberg said.

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