The women’s race at the Olympic Marathon trials was the culmination of 4 amazing years for Brooke. She finished 19th in a lifetime best of 2:36:24.
After graduating from UC Berkeley with a decent running resume, Brooke quickly turned to the marathon in 2007 and ran 2:42:35 at age 22. The trials also went well as Brooke placed 43rd in 2:43:07.
After running 2:40 at the 2010 Twin Cities Marthon to earn a trials qualifier, Brooke was in position to take on the challenge of a faster pace at Chicago that fall. She executed the race perfectly to run 2:37:39.
Then things got tough with a long term injury. Brooke talked about it while training last fall.
I encourage you to check out Brooke's blog: brookelwells.squarespace.com