CHICAGO, Il. (KMVT/KSVT) The CSI cross country and long distance track coach just achieved a major goal Sunday.
Lindsey Anderson finished the Bank of America Chicago Marathon with a time of 2:36:51. Her mark gives her an A qualifying time for the Olympic trials, slated for Atlanta, Georgia in 2020.
She's no stranger to the Olympics. About 10 years ago, Anderson placed in the top five at the trials in the steeplechase, to qualify for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China, finishing 24th overall.
But Sunday was extra special because of her first time doing a marathon.
"This will be totally different, a totally different event in the marathon and there are crazy fast runners in the marathon right now," exclaimed Anderson. "I'm not expecting by any means to make the team at the moment, but I'm really excited to race at another trial and one of my biggest driving forces is to see have my kids see me race at an Olympic trials." "And also my team at CSI, watching my kids get better and meet goals, it kind of becomes addicting and you want to be a part of it," added Anderson.
Anderson took 169th overall and finished twelfth for the women. Kenya's Brigid Kosgei won the women's race in 2:18:35, the third–fastest time in the history of the Chicago race.
More than 40,000 runners started the race, which drew more than a million spectators.
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