King of Prussia, PA
PRTC was fortunate to have runners claim the USATF Mid-Atlantic long distance runner titles for 2007 in both the men’s and women’s category.
Abby Dean won the title after a spectacular 2007. Abby ran a gutsy race at Grandma’s Marathon in June. Abby was not able to secure a qualifying time for the 2008 Olympic Marathon Trials at this race only because of the sweltering heat. Weather once again plagued Abby and the rest of the marathon field at the LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon in October. With time running out, Abby toed the marathon line for the third time in six months at the Philadelphia Marathon in November. This unbelievable determination paid off. Abby battled fatigue and raw, overcast conditions on that day to not only PR, but qualify for the Olympic Trials! She truly deserved this award!
Ted Callinan won the title by showing ability at different distances. Early in 2007, Ted won a four mile road race in Mount Holly in record time (19:22). He scored points in the USATF Mid-Atlantic grand prix by placing 5th at Bancroft (the 5k championships) and 7th at the Blue Cross Broad Street Run (the 10 mile championships). Ted ran his second Olympic Marathon Trials in November, but was unable to finish due to two stress fractures.