On November 18th, Abby Dean will look to right the wrongs that occurred at the LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon in October. On that day in Chicago, Abby did everything right, but the weather for the athletes was completely wrong. At start time, the weather was hot and humid. And the temperature climbed through the race to boot! Despite all that, Abby finished with a fine 2:56. Unfortunately, 2:56 doesn’t get you in to the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials to be held in Boston this coming April. Abby has proven many times before that she is capable, and her effort in Chicago tells her she can do it again.
So Abby set her sights on the Philadelphia Marathon to be run on November 18th. As such, Abby scheduled one last tune-up race. The Ben Franklin Bridge Run 10k would suit her needs perfectly. The race always has a highly competitive field and is run on a very challenging course. The race starts at the foot of the Ben Franklin Bridge in Camden. The runners climb over the bridge to the Philadelphia side, immediately turn and climb back over the bridge, before running the last several miles through Camden and finishing at Campell’s Field – home of the Camden Riversharks!
On this day, Abby found herself finishing 8th overall, but was pleased with the effort, as all the runners in front of her were international runners with mid-distance savvy. She was able to get her tune-up in. The key now is simply to focus on the streets of Philadelphia. For Abby, the streets of Philadelphia on November 18th could help pave the way to the streets of Boston in April.