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Megan Lizotte

Age on race day: 30

Personal bests: marathon: 2:41, half: 1:16:38, 10k: 35:51

Social media handles: 
Twitter & Instagram: @meganlizotte

Where are you currently living and training? San Diego, California

Are you part of a training group or club? No, but I am sponsored by Montrail, Mountain Hardwear, Rudy Project & CLIF Bar

Why Eugene? I've heard nothing but good things about the Eugene Marathon! I want to run an Olympic Marathon Trials qualifying time so the fast course and crowd support are important to me and Eugene has both of those!

If you’ve run Eugene before, what are some favorite memories/parts of the course? I have never run Eugene Marathon

Any tips? I am a big fan of running a portion of most of your long runs at marathon goal pace (between 5-12 miles). The more you can practice marathon pace, the more your body will become efficient and familiar with how it feels. When you practice this pace during a long run, you'll learn how to surge and recover. This workout allows you to refine the logistics of your race day plan by giving you an opportunity to experiment with fueling options, shoes, apparel...even sunscreen and other things that could potentially bother you during your race! The more often you simulate race environment, the more likely vulnerabilities are to rise to the surface so you can fix them before race day!

This year’s Eugene Marathon and Half Marathon will take place on the morning of the final day of the IAAF World Junior Championships; how do you feel about the connection between these two events? Do you plan on attending the World Juniors?
 I absolutely plan on attending the IAAF World Junior Championships! I think hosting both events on the same weekend in Eugene adds to the excitement of racing and is a great opportunity for runners of different levels and events to get together and celebrate the sport we love and live.

Diego Mercado

Age on race day: 26

Personal Bests: 5k: 13:57, 10k: 28:48, Half-marathon: 66:37

Social media handles:
Twitter and Instagram: @dmercad1

Where are you currently living and training? Eugene, OR

Are you part of a training group or club? Team Run Eugene

Why Eugene? After everything that this city has given me in support of my running career, I feel it is an obligation for me to come and support its event. I won this race last year after quitting for two years after college. The buzz around running in this town brought me back out of early retirement, and the atmosphere had not only brought me back to this special event, but had resurrected my undying love for the sport. It's a love I had not felt since high school. I owe everything to this city.

Favorite memory of the course: The last three miles of this course are run across the river where it is very lonely. You are there with your thoughts and doubts alone. Running alongside the river is a beautiful experience. However, at the end of a half marathon, you're not thinking about the beauty as much as you are thinking about finishing up as quick as possible. Last year, after not seeing anyone for about a mile or so, a woman in a bumblebee suit right along the bike path sprang out and was handing out honey sticks (great for recovery purposes)! It was a very Eugene moment.

Any tips? Don't over-work the hill running. The hills appear fairly early on this course, and having a sustained effort up them, as opposed to trying to accelerate through them, can pay you big dividends as you enter the final 3 miles.

This year's Eugene Marathon and Half Marathon will take place on the morning of the final day of the IAAF World Junior Championships; how do you feel about the connection between these two events?  Finishing on the same day the Junior competition is ending will be an exhilarating experience. Competing on the same day alongside the future world beaters (some of which already are) is an incredible motivator for me. Not only that, but this event is very important in unifying the city with the rest of the planet! The world's best junior athletes will have the opportunity to witness the city's best (athletes, citizens, atmosphere) first hand, all the while the city has the pleasure of hosting the world's elite on its grandest stage!

Soh Rui Yong

Age on race day: 22

Personal bests:
 Half Marathon: 68:18

Social media handles:
 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sohruiyong 
Instagram and Twitter: @sohruiyong

Where are you currently living and training
? Eugene, OR

Are you part of a training group or club? Team Run Eugene

Why Eugene? Moved from Singapore to live and train in Eugene for the history, tradition, community, performance. Best place in the world to be a distance runner.

If you’ve run Eugene before, what are some favorite memories/parts of the course? I haven’t run Eugene before, but I have run around town many times and the thought of racing down the streets of Eugene feels surreal.

Any tips?
 Start off conservatively! 13 or 26 miles is a long way to suffer if you run out of gas early.

This year's Eugene Marathon and Half Marathon will take place on the morning of the final day of the IAAF World Junior Championships; how do you feel about the connection between these two events?  I will be serving as a Global Ambassador for the World Juniors before racing the Eugene Half. I feel that it is a great idea to pool the two events together, as this will celebrate the spirit of running among the junior, senior elite, and all members of the community alike. We Run Tracktown!

Michelle Rose Meyer

Age on race day: 27

Personal bests:
Marathon: 2:43:09 at Napa Valley Marathon 2013
Half marathon: 1:16:53 at Kaiser Half Marathon 2013
10K: 35:00 at San Francisco State Distance Carnival 2012
5K: 17:21 at Sacramento State Open 2012

Social media handles:
Website: http://app.strava.com/athletes/311476

Where are you currently living and training? San Francisco, CA

Are you part of a training group or club? Impala Racing Team

Why Eugene? I've heard excellent reviews of the course from teammates! An Impala has won the race for five out of the last six years - it's wonderful to have such a strong team connection to the race. I am also very excited to run with a fast group of women, as there will be a really strong field this year.

Any tips? In preparation for the marathon, long runs are key! If you can finish several long runs over 20 miles, ideally with the longest being around 23-24 miles, this preparation can help avoid hitting "the wall" during the actual race. Tempo runs are also very helpful for working on your endurance and speed for the event.

This year's Eugene Marathon and Half Marathon will take place on the morning of the final day of the IAAF World Junior Championships; how do you feel about the connection between these two events?  Do you plan on attending the World Juniors? I unfortunately won't be able to attend the World Juniors, but it's pretty exciting that these events are overlapping this year!

Kristina Pham

Age on race day:  41

Personal bests:  2:53:40 marathon (at Eugene!), 1:24:22 half marathon, 18:43 5K, 39:34 10K

Social media handles:  
Facebook: www.facebook.com/kristina.m.pham
Twitter: @kristinampham
Website: www.kristinapham.com

Where are you currently living and training?  I currently live and train in Phoenix, AZ

Are you part of a training group or club?  I run for the Aravaipa Running Team

Why Eugene?  I fell in love with the city while I was there for the race in 2010.  I ran my PR at Eugene and I have always wanted to come back because I have so many good memories!

Favorite memories?  Standing in line for the bathrooms I was worried about getting to the start.  When the people in line next me heard I wanted to qualify for the trials they made everyone let me up to the front of the line.  That pretty much sums up the whole experience!  Everyone at the marathon was so kind and supportive.  My favorite part is finishing on the track. It is so awesome to have all the people in the stands cheering for you!

Any tips?:  Have a good plan for race day -it helps relieve race day stress.  But do not freak out if your race day plan needs to be altered during the race.

This year's Eugene Marathon and Half Marathon will take place on the morning of the final day of the IAAF World Junior Championships; how do you feel about the connection between these two events?  I love the connection with the IAAF World Junior Championships! I think it will make increase the excitement at the marathon. I am very excited to attend the championships!  What an awesome way for runners of all ages and distance to share their passion and love of running!

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