Shalane Announces Retirement And Coaching Career


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It’s a day equal parts sad and joyous: Shalane Flanagan has announced her retirement from professional running and transition into professional coaching. She ends her career as one of the greatest- if not THE greatest- US distance runners of all-time. She made four Olympic teams. She won sixteen US titles, a World Cross Country bronze medal, an Olympic silver medal, and the 2017 New York City Marathon. She has been an incredible inspiration to a generation of distance runners and a wonderful leader of our professional team. No short paragraph could do justice to her wide ranging impact on the sport and our club, so we’ve assembled below her announcement as well as a sampling of the many articles on her illustrious career.

A Generation’s Leader Says Farewell: Shalane Flanagan Retires from Pro Running (Women’s Running)

Fans, Teammates, and Friends React to Shalane Flanagan’s Retirement (Runners’ World)

Running Legend Shalane Flanagan Is Retiring (Outside Magazine)

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With happy tears I announce today that I am retiring from professional running. From 2004 to 2019 I’ve given everything that’s within me to this sport and wow it’s been an incredible ride! I’ve broken bones, torn tendons, and lost too many toenails to count. I've experienced otherworldly highs and abysmal lows. I've loved (and learned from) it all. Over the last 15 years I found out what I was capable of, and it was more than I ever dreamed possible. Now that all is said and done, I am most proud of the consistently high level of running I produced year after year. No matter what I accomplished the year before, it never got any easier. Each season, each race was hard, so hard. But this I know to be true: hard things are wonderful, beautiful, and give meaning to life. I’ve loved having an intense sense of purpose. For 15 years I've woken up every day knowing I was exactly where I needed to be. The feeling of pressing the threshold of my mental and physical limits has been bliss. I've gone to bed with a giant tired smile on my face and woken up with the same smile. My obsession to put one foot in front of the other, as quickly as I can, has given me so much joy. However, I have felt my North Star shifting, my passion and purpose is no longer about MY running; it's more and more about those around me. All I’ve ever known, in my approach to anything, is going ALL IN. So I’m carrying this to coaching. I want to be consumed with serving others the way I have been consumed with being the best athlete I can be. I am privileged to announce I am now a professional coach of the Nike Bowerman Track Club. This amazing opportunity in front of me, to give back to the sport, that gave me so much, is not lost on me. I’ve pinched myself numerous times to make sure this is real. I am well aware that retirement for professional athletes can be an extremely hard transition. I am lucky, as I know already, that coaching will bring me as much joy and heartache that my own running career gave me. I believe we are meant to inspire one another, we are meant to learn from one another. Sharing everything I’ve learned about and from running is what I’m meant to do now.(1/2)

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I would like to thank: The 5 coaches who guided me throughout my career, Michael Whittlesey and Dennis Craddock (2004-2005), John Cook (2006-2008), Jerry Schumacher (2009-2019), and Pascal Dobert (2009-2019). Each man was instrumental in developing me into the best version of myself. Jerry, Pascal and I will continue to work together in this next chapter and I couldn’t be more grateful. Jerry has been my life coach, running coach and now will mentor me towards my next goal of becoming a world-class coach myself. I’m thankful for his unending belief in me. My family and husband who have traveled the world supporting my running and understanding the sacrifices I needed to make. Their unconditional love is what fueled my training. My longtime friend, Elyse Kopecky who taught me to love cooking and indulge in nourishing food. Run Fast. Eat Slow. has been a gift to my running and to the thousands of athletes. My teammates, and all the women I've trained with, for pushing me daily, and the endless smiles and miles. They include: Erin Donahue Shannon Rowbury Kara Goucher Lisa Uhl Emily Infeld Amy Cragg Colleen Quigley Courtney Frerichs Shelby Houlihan Betsy Saina Marielle Hall Gwen Jorgensen Kate Grace My sponsor Nike for believing in me since 2004 and for continuing to support my new dream as a professional coach. I hope I made myself a better person by running. I hope I made those around me better. I hope I made my competition better. I hope I left the sport better because I was a part of it. My personal motto through out my career has been to make decisions that leave me with “no regrets”.....but to be honest, I have one. I regret I can’t do it all over again. (2/2) 📷: @nyrr

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Today, one of the greatest to ever lace ‘em up announced her retirement. We could not be prouder that Shalane chose to represent the Bowerman Track Club these past five years as an athlete, and we could not be more excited that she will continue to be with us as a coach! ⠀ Trying to describe Shalane’s brilliant career with anything approaching justice feels like an impossible task. It would take something like the resolve, perseverance, and ability of the woman herself to approach the task properly. Suffice it to say: for 15 years Shalane was at the very top of American distance running. She made 4 Olympic Teams. She won a Silver medal at the Olympics and a Bronze Medal at the World Cross Country Championships. She set American Records at 5,000 and 10,000m. She paced her teammate to break one of those records. She won 16 US Titles. She was the first US woman in 40 years to win the New York City Marathon. ⠀ And through it all she has been a leader an inspiration to a generation of distance runners- professional or otherwise. Our sport and our club are so much the richer because she is a part of them. We know that will continue to be true as she becomes as great of a coach as she has been an athlete. ⠀ Shalane is retired, long live Coach Shalane! ⚡️⚡️⚡️ . . . #BowermanTC #BowermanBabes #GOAT #LegendsNeverDie #CrossCountry #TrackAndField #Marathon @Tcsnycmarathon #TeamNike #NikeRunning #JustDoIt @NikeRunning #Running #RunningCulture

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World Championships Schedule and Preview

The World Championships stretch for 10 days from September 27th to October 6th in Doha, Qatar. We have 10 athletes competing across 8 events. See below for the detailed schedule (all times are Pacific).

Note: for “Where to Watch” we have included the channels on which there is scheduled to be live coverage. There will also be tape delays on certain days. You can see the full TV schedule here. In addition to TV, all action can be viewed live or on demand with the NBC Sports Gold track and field package.

Friday, September 27th

9:00am PT: Women’s 3,000m Steeplechase, Prelim

Courtney and Colleen look to qualify for Monday’s final. Courtney is defending her historic Silver medal from 2017, while Colleen would like to avenge a disqualification in the prelims from that year when she just barely stepped on the inside line.

Where to Watch: NBCSN or NBC Sports Gold

9:55am PT: Men’s 5,000m, Prelim

Moh and Marc head up the international contingent for BTC in this prelim. Fresh off a second place at the British Trials, Marc is looking to make his first World Championship final. Moh has made the final at three consecutive World or Olympic Championships.

Where to Watch: NBCSN or NBC Sports Gold

1:59pm PT: Women’s Marathon

Carrie competing in the 2018 Payton Jordan 10,000m where she ran under 32 minutes for the first time.

Carrie competing in the 2018 Payton Jordan 10,000m where she ran under 32 minutes for the first time.

At 36, Carrie makes her first ever appearance at the World Championships. The BTC Elite athlete, Nike shoe designer, and mother of two has been taking more time off than usual from work and family duties to prepare for this opportunity. The marathon is the one event that can’t take place in the air conditioned stadium in Doha. The race will be at night, but it still projects to be 90 degrees. In a marathon, tough conditions mean anything could happen!

Where to Watch: Olympic Channel or NBC Sports Gold


Saturday, September 28th

11:10am PT: Women’s 10,000m, Final

Marielle competes at her second World Championships in a stacked field. Earlier this year she set a personal best at the 5,000m, but was disappointed with her lone 10,000m race at the US Championships. We think she’s primed to put it together at the longer distance.

Where to Watch: Olympic Channel coverage lasts until 11:30 and then the action switches over to NBC. You can always stream online at NBC Sports Gold.

Monday, September 30th

11:20am PT: Men’s 5,000m, Final

We know Moh is in great shape, but one question remains: will the headband make an appearance in Doha?

We know Moh is in great shape, but one question remains: will the headband make an appearance in Doha?

Moh has finished 12th, 4th, and 6th in his previous three global championships in the 5,000m. This year he became the first Canadian under 13 minutes. Can he make the jump to the podium? Marc battled through a spring injury to make his second World Championships team. How high can he finish with a little bit of experience under his belt?

Where to Watch: Olympic Channel or NBC Sports Gold


11:50am PT: Women’s 3,000m Steeplechase, Final

Courtney shocked the world with her finish in 2017, everyone will see her coming this time. Colleen has struggled with injury the past month. She’s as tough as they come and will need to be to face this challenge.

Where to Watch: Olympic Channel or NBC Sports Gold

Courtney even surprised herself at the 2017 World Championships.

Courtney even surprised herself at the 2017 World Championships.

Wednesday, October 2nd

7:35am PT: Women’s 1,500m, Heats

The first of hopefully three races for Shelby. The name of the game: survive and advance.

Where to Watch: NBCSN or NBC Sports Gold

8:25am PT: Women’s 5,000m, Prelim

Karissa takes to the track in her first ever World Championships with one goal: make the final.

Where to Watch: NBCSN or NBC Sports Gold


Thursday, October 3rd

12:00pm PT: Men’s 1,500m, Heats

The first of the three rounds for Matt, the master tactician. Coming off a 13:00 5,000m personal best, he’s definitely strong enough to handle the extra rounds at Worlds.

Where to Watch: NBCSN or NBC Sports Gold

1:00pm PT: Women’s 1,500m, Semi-final

The road gets a little rockier for Shelby. The 1,500m semi-finals are always tense and exciting qualifying races. This is her first World Championship appearance in the 1,500m and her tactics and kick will be tested in this round.

Where to Watch: NBCSN or NBC Sports Gold

Friday, October 4th

10:10am PT: Men’s 1,500m, Semi-final

Even the Olympic Champion has to sweat the Semi-final at this level.

Where to Watch: Olympic Channel or NBC Sports Gold


Saturday, October 5th

10:55am PT: Women’s 1,500m, Final

Shelby winning the 2018 Prefontaine Classic her first sub-4 performance.

Shelby winning the 2018 Prefontaine Classic her first sub-4 performance.

At the last World Championships Shelby was still a 5,000m. Since then she’s won two Diamond League 1,500m’s and broken 4:00 three times. We can’t wait to see her in what will hopefully be her first 1,500m final. Don’t miss this one!

Where to Watch: Olympic Channel or NBC Sports Gold

11:25am PT: Women’s 5,000m, Final

The pace in Women’s 5,000m finals are often brutal and unforgiving. We saw Karissa handle conditions like that really well at the Prefontaine Classic. We hope to see that again!

Where to Watch: NBC or NBC Sports Gold


Sunday, October 6th


9:40am PT: Men’s 1,500m, Final

The men’s 1,500m is often chaotic and unpredictable. It’s become straightforward in the past two years as Kenyan Timothy Cheruiyot has taken to making the pace hard. We know Centro can excel in a sit and kick affair and, as a 13:00 5,000m man, he’s got the strength for the long run for home. No excuse for missing this one: Sunday football doesn’t even start until 10!

Where to Watch: NBC or NBC Sports Gold

10:00am PT: Men’s 10,000m, Final

Lopez dominated the USATF 10,000m in July.

Lopez dominated the USATF 10,000m in July.

They say good things come to those who wait. We hope that’s true because Lopez is going to have to do a lot of waiting for his chance to shine in these Championships. After winning the 10,000m and the 5,000m at the US Championships and running 13:00 for 5,000m, it’s safe to say he’s in the best shape of his life. The pace in these races is often run close to 27:00, which will be a huge test. Moh already passed that test in London in 2017, when he ran the Canadian Record of 27:01. Hopefully the BTC boys can work together to handle the storm!

Where to Watch: NBC or NBC Sports Gold





1st Inaugural Bowerman Running Camp

The first inaugural Bowerman Running Camp was held in Bend, Oregon this summer. With 5+ days of great trails, hotly contested games, cooking lessons with Shalane Flanagan, and a river float, the energy was at an all time high.

We hosted over 100+ kids from all around world at the facilities at OSU-Cascades in Bend, including people coming all the way from Australia. We had a great roster of speakers and counselors, including college athletes and coaches from around the country, our own elite and pro athletes, as well as the man, the myth, the legend, Coach Jerry Schumacher.

We’ll always be looking for ways to improve the experience, including making it more accessible to more kids - but we feel like we have a great base to build on in the years to come.

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PRE-Cap | All you need to know about BTC at the Pre Classic this year.

Women’s 1500:

Sunday was nearly a redux of Shelby’s breakout Pre Classic win from last year. Her and Kate hung back early and had to work hard to move up when the pack began to split with 600 to go. Shelby was in 6th at the bell and began to chase hard in the last 200m. She raised the hopes of the announcers and the BTC crowd at home, but Faith Kipyegon and Laura Muir were able to hold her off. Still, 3:59 isn’t a bad outdoor opener. Behind her, Kate battled really well through the field and came through with a new PR of 4:02! It’s been a long time coming for Kate to lower that mark and we have a feeling this may open the floodgates for the rest of her season..

Next up, Kate will run an 800, race at Azusa Pacific on July 9th. Then it’s on to USAs in the 1500m. Shelby will be back up in Park City until the Championships.

Photo by Cortney White

Photo by Cortney White

Photo by Cortney White

Photo by Cortney White

Men’s Mile:

The Bowerman Mile was Centro’s first track race in 11 months and his long awaited debut in the Bowerman kit (it looks pretty good on him, eh?). He sat at the back the first two laps and live the savvy vet he is, moved up when the pace slowed on the third lap. At the bell, he showed he’s still got that great kick, as he closed in 55 seconds and moved up to finish in 6th.

3:52 and a tidy World Championship standard isn’t bad for a “rust buster”..

Now that the standard is taken care of, the plan is to run an 800m at Azusa Pacific to get ready for USAs.

Photo by Cortney White

Photo by Cortney White

Women’s Steeplechase:

Things got rowdy early in the women’s steeple. Beatrice Jepkoech set off on world record pace and left the pack splintered behind her. Courtney and Colleen had to stay calm, find their own pace, and get to work. With Courtney leading the way they methodically moved up through the field. Courtney came home in 9:09 to take 5th, and Colleen ran 9:11 for 7th. Those are great times for their first steeples of the year nad they are set up really really to make a deep run into championship season!

Racing schedule between now and USAs is still up in the air, but in the meantime they will return to the thin air of Park City.

Photo by Cortney White

Photo by Cortney White

Women’s 3000m:

Racing at the World level can be vicious. Karissa stepped into the deep end on Sunday, making her Diamond League debut in what would end up as one of the greatest 3000m races of all time. After going out hard in around 4:32 for 1600m, she hard to hold things together by herself.

She managed beautifully.

8:42 is her new lifetime best and a great sign for her upcoming 5000m race at USAs in three weeks! We’re looking forward to seeing Karissa get more and more comfortable in these high level meets and finish higher and higher!

Photo by Cortney White

Photo by Cortney White

Men’s Two Mile:

The Men’s two mile was yet another race that saw an early split in the pack. Moh got caught on the wrong side of the break and had to step into the breach to keep the group going. After the elation of breaking 13 minutes 10 days ago, he might have sat back on his laurels and decided it just wasn’t his day. Instead he drove the rain home and held off all challenges to take 4th in 8:15. It won’t be the highlight of his year, but it’s great to see him scrapping for every place. You never know when that’ll be the line between good and great.

Moh will now get set to try and win his 4th consecutive Canadian title at 5000m.

Photo by Cortney White

Photo by Cortney White