Shalane Flanagan Is Returning To Racing At The Portland Track Festival

Shalane Flanagan will make her much-anticipated return to racing with a 10K at the Portland Track Festival, race organizers confirmed on Monday.

The four-time Olympian was sidelined from competition after a fracture in her iliac crest kept her from racing the Boston Marathon. The Portland Track Festival will mark Flanagan's first race since finishing sixth in the marathon at the 2016 Olympic Games last August.

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Flanagan's injury was announced in February, two months prior to the Boston Marathon. After a large snowstorm hit her hometown of Portland, OR, Flanagan was forced to train on different surfaces. The fracture in her lower back was caused by logging too many miles on the treadmill and on slippery roads.


Prior to the injury, Flanagan executed an impressive 2016 Olympic showing. Her performance in Rio was her best finish in the Olympic marathon and her best Olympic finish since earning a silver medal in the 10K at the 2008 Games. Flanagan's sixth-place showing also led the best ever team-wide finish for Americans in the Olympic marathon. Behind Flanagan, Desi Linden (2:26.08) and Amy Cragg (2:28:25) finished seventh and ninth, respectively.

The Portland Track Festival will also mark Flanagan's first 10K on the track since finishing sixth at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing.

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