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Grandma's Marathon notes: Goucher has her eye on Boston again

Kara Goucher already knows her next major race following the Summer Games marathon on Aug. 5 in London. It was announced Wednesday that America's Olympic women qualifiers will compete in the 117th Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013.

Kara Goucher already knows her next major race following the Summer Games marathon on Aug. 5 in London. It was announced Wednesday that America's Olympic women qualifiers will compete in the 117th Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013.

Goucher, 33, of Portland, Ore., will be joined by Shalane Flanagan, 30, of Portland and Desiree Davila, 28, of Rochester Hills, Mich., in the world's oldest road race.

Goucher has been in five marathons, running in Boston in 2009 and 2011, running a best of 2 hours, 24 minutes, 52 seconds.

"The city of Boston captured my heart when I ran my first Boston Marathon," Goucher said in a statement. "The Boston Marathon is an historical gem. To be a part of this history excites me and drives me to train harder."

The former Duluth resident is entered in Saturday's U.S. Half Marathon Championships along the North Shore, held in conjunction with Grandma's Marathon.

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Thursday's marathon guest speakers

Four Grandma's Marathon guest speakers are featured this afternoon in free presentations at the DECC's Edmund Fitzgerald Hall.

At 2 p.m., former U.S. Olympic track runner Adam Goucher and Tim Catalano, co-authors of "Running the Edge," will talk about reaching goals in sports and in other aspects of life.

At 3 p.m., author and distance coach Jeff Galloway, a former U.S. Olympic track runner, will talk about training programs and longevity in the sport.

At 4 p.m., Grandma's Marathon course record holder Dick Beardsley will talk about his distance career, including a duel with Alberto Salazar 30 years in the 1982 Boston Marathon.

Race weekend television-radio coverage

My 9 Sports Network in Duluth will provide finish line video coverage of the U.S. Half Marathon Championships, Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon and Grandma's Marathon from 7-10:30 a.m. Saturday. ESPN Radio WEBC, 560 AM, will be on the air at 6 a.m. Saturday covering the three races from the race course and finish line.

Streaming video will also be available, for the U.S. Half Marathon Championships, in cooperation with RunnerSpace.com, at usarunningcircuit.com and, for the all races, courtesy of Essentia Health, Clickstream and Stokes Media House, at grandmasmarathon.com.

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