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Daniel Newberry November 18, 2011 TWEET COMMENTS 0

Better with Age

49-year-old Meghan Arbogast racks up national championship titles on and off the trails

Meghan Arbogast may have been old enough to be the mother of many of her competitors, but that didn't stop her from ...

Meghan Arbogast may have been old enough to be the mother of many of her competitors, but that didn't stop her from claiming two national titles last summer at the USATF 50-mile trail championship and 100K national road championship. While friends describe her as "motherly and easy-going," underneath the mild demeanor is a highly trained athlete, calculating splits and heart rate, and monitoring hydration and caloric intake. "When we race together I never feel like she's racing against me," says fellow Team Sunsweet member, Beverly Anderson-Abbs. "We're just friends out for a run, chatting about our families.

Her 2010 trail-racing season began with a fifth-place finish at the Chuckanut Mountain 50K in Fairhaven, Washington, and was second in the highly competitive Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run—her fourth time in that race -- and earned top podium spots at Crystal Mountain, Washington's White River 50-miler and Oregon's Where's Waldo 100K trail races.

While trail ultras let her hone her endurance, Arbogast hasn't sacrificed her road speed, and in October, pumped out a 2:45:46 at the Twin Cities Marathon, coming within seconds of her lifetime marathon PR. There she was crowned the national Women's Masters Marathon Champion and qualified for her fourth Olympic Marathon Trials (to be held in Houston, Texas, in January 2012). Had she been a few months older, Arbogast would have surpassed Joan Benoit Samuelson's national age-group record by more than two minutes.



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