Regarding Our Performance at the 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials

addie on the course. photo cred: jeff abbott

addie on the course. photo cred: jeff abbott

"The 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials were a very tough affair under warm conditions on an unshaded course. Our performances were disappointing, as were many others, and were not what we were anticipating. However, we made great strides as athletes and coaches in bringing our utmost professionalism to our Las Vegas training camp, that I believe will pay off this spring in terms of performance as a group. Big thanks to the Boulder community for supporting the dreams of so many and proud to call you our home. See you in 2016." Brad Hudson
"Today's race was one of the most painful things I have ever endured. Due to lingering injury all fall, I wasn't as prepared as I wanted to be. That mixed with an insane course layout, high temps and debilitating direct sun exposure and you have a recipe for a hard day. I started fighting the overwhelming urge to drop out by 10 miles. I absolutely would have given into the desire if it were not for my amazing friends and family on the course cheering their brains out. There are too many of you to count, but thank you for getting me through the longest 26 miles of my life. You know who you are. Shout out to everyone who even took on today's challenge. The plus side is that I have never been in a race with such a "we are in this together" vibe both on the course and on the sidelines. The people in this sport are like none other." Addie Bracy
nicole  on the course photo cred: michael scott

nicole  on the course
photo cred: michael scott

"While that was one of the hardest races I've ever had to run, it was probably the most rewarding as well. With my family, some of my very best friends, and former and current teammates all in one six mile vicinity, I couldn't stop smiling the entire race. It was not nearly the finish that I had dreamed of for past four year, but after crossing the line I can honestly say I am stronger, more confident, and have a burning desire to get back to training (after a short vacation, of course)!" Nicole Camp
Kara on the course. photo cred: Jennifer maletz

Kara on the course.
photo cred: Jennifer maletz

"Although far from happy with my outcome, I have come to terms with my race. Despite being confident in our race plan and my fitness, the heat was overwhelming, and I made the decision to pull out of the race when I could feel muscles cramping. I look forward to using the disappointment to propel my training and racing through the rest of 2016. Thank you to everyone who cheered, especially to those who traveled to LA for the event. I have never experienced such enthusiastic crowds, and racing through them is a memory I'll always cherish. Lastly, congratulations to all the athletes. From toughness and competitiveness to kindness, all traits were present this weekend, a reminder that American running is a one-of-a-kind community that I am lucky to be a part of.- Kara Lubieniecki
"There was such excitement in the final weeks leading up to the trials, anticipating the magic to come, connecting with the other athletes and friends ready to race my last Olympic Trials as a 30 something athlete. This build-up was a bit "messy" with asthma issues and a sensitive calf, but in the final few weeks things started to turn around and I was hopeful for a top finish in my 3rd appearance at such a great event. For someone that loves running in the heat, I was secretly excited to see the temps rising, however on race day my body had other ideas. By mile 8, I wasn't feeling that same pep in my step as I had when the gun when off, but kept telling myself it was the normal ebb and flow of the marathon and to focus on one mile at a time. As the miles piled on, my legs got heavier, my breathing became labored, and at times, I lost all sense of direction. Additionally, I was concerned that I was not sweating as much as I normally do and started getting discombobulated late in the race. I pressed on, knowing my coach Brad and my friends were just around the corner and reaching them would give me the extra push to get to that finish line and embrace that medal. I'm so thankful for Brad, my Hudson Elite teammates, friends, and family for giving me unwavering support and providing the extra energy I needed to cross the finish line. They say 3rd time is a charm and although I didn't PR or place lower than my bib number, I wouldn't change a thing. I am looking forward to a nice break before lacing up my shoes and head to the back half of 2016 as a Masters runner." - Claudia Becque
Kara, Addie, and Nicole warm up on the streets of LA. Photo cred: Justin Britton

Kara, Addie, and Nicole warm up on the streets of LA. Photo cred: Justin Britton