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Portraits of a Marathoner

A Snapshot into the lives of three Marathon Trials runners

Portraits of a Marathoner

The Marathon Trials are held every four years to determine who gets to represent the United States in the summer games. It’s simple - the first three women and the first three men across the finish line after 26.2 miles of running earn the honors. But there’s more to the picture… while six athletes make the team, over 700 athletes will toe the line at the start of the race.

This is a snapshot of the lives of runners Scott Fauble, Camelia Mayfield, and YiOu Wang. Each runner has a different story to tell about their journey to the start line of the 2020 Marathon Trials…

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Wed, February 26, 2020

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM EST

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Thu, February 27, 2020

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Fri, February 28, 2020

3:00 PM – 7:00 PM EST

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Midtown Cheer Zone!
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Saturday 12-3pm
Café Intermezzo, 1065 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

SCOTT FAUBLE | Marathon Best: 2:09:09, 7th place at the 2019 Boston Marathon, professional runner

"Running, especially running the marathon, is really hard no matter how fast or slow you're doing it. It's an inherently a difficult task Even if you walk a marathon, 26 miles is a long way, and I think accepting the fact that you chose to do this really hard thing is important. The first step to conquering a marathon is accepting that this is going to be difficult, and I think that can fuel and motivate your training. And on race day, reframing it to say “I chose to do this hard thing” can reframe your mental state for when it gets really tough."

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Camelia Mayfield | Olympic Trials Qualifier, two-time top-ten Western States 100 finisher, social worker

"Running is just one part of my life. I like being involved with my community, and my profession as a social worker is really important to me. That's probably a piece in my life that most people don't see because it's not that glamorous. But, being in those two worlds – working full time at a hospital and also keeping up with training for the marathon and longer trail races – has been really exciting."

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YiOu Wang | Two-time Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier, winner of the 2019 North Face 50 Miler Championships, chemistry teacher

"What I appreciate most about running is that I can just go run by myself in the woods and not have to talk to anyone. The other aspects of my job are so people-focused – interacting with students, with other teachers, with parents – so I enjoy my running time as solitary time and time in nature. Being inside all day is a pretty stifling, so even though I might be tired after school, I know that if I just get myself out the door, I'll start feeling better. 10 to 15 minutes into the run, I will always be glad that I went for the run."

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Tips for Fueling Your Marathon Training and Racing

Running a marathon?
Check out our deep-dive video series and resources to help you nail your training and nutrition during your next 26.2.

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