Today was the women’s Olympic Marathon Trials.

Congratulations to all of the women that finished!

The Chase PackMagdalena Lewy Boulet led most of the race, building a 40 second lead within 4 miles and extending that to almost 2 minutes throughout the race. In the last lap and a half, though, Deena Kastor dropped a few hammers and sped by her to win the race in 2:29:35. Blake Russell was 3rd and will also represent the US in Beijing.

Emily LeVanThe Maine women had great races. Sheri Piers turned on the afterburners and ran a speedy 2:38:46, finishing 16th overall. Emily LeVan was 67th in 2:45:45, followed by Kristin Barry in 2:46:58 and a 74th place finish. Joan Benoit Samuelson made her 2:50 goal, finishing with a time of 2:49:08 barely a week before her 51st birthday. Great job ladies!

I’ll have more details later as well as a link to where you can view all of the over 200 photos that I took in a few days. In the meantime, you can look at the full list of results here: Boston Trials 2008 Results Page