Three Weeks Before Trials, Galen Rupp Wins Mesa Half In 61:19

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With just three weeks to go until the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in Atlanta, defending champion Galen Rupp has once again established himself as the man to beat after running 61:19 on Saturday to win the 2020 Sprouts Mesa Half Marathon in Mesa, Arizona.

Rupp, 33, ran his first race since dropping out of the 2019 Chicago Marathon last October. A calf strain forced him to cut that race short at 23 miles, and considering that that race marked his return from a year-long injury absence, Rupp’s health has been a question mark over the last few months.

But today’s run is a strong sign that the 2:06 marathoner is trending in the right direction heading into Atlanta. Saturday was also Rupp's first race under the tutelage of new coach Mike Smith.

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