ASICS' Kastor Takes San Jose Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon
On Sunday morning, in cool autumn conditions, ASICS athlete and Olympian Deena Kastor easily won the women's division of the Dodge San Jose Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon with a time of 1:12:23. Nearly 13,000 participants competed in the event, which is one of the Bay Area's biggest and one of California's fastest road races.
Kastor, who lives and trains in Mammoth Lakes, is preparing for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trial January 14, in Houston, Texas, where she'll vie for a spot to represent the U.S. team in the 2012 games.
"I felt good out there," says Kastor. "I will be using this race as a stepping stone for the Olympic Trials in January."
Kastor is a world-renowned long distance runner who holds the American record in the marathon and half-marathon. Kastor's most noted accomplishment is winning the bronze medal in the women's marathon at the 2004 Olympics in Athens and winning the 2006 Flora London Marathon where she set the U.S. record of 2:19:36.