Want to chat with the best? Take advantage of this opportunity on November 2, 2016 at 12noon when Olympic Bronze Medalist Shalane Flanagan makes an appearance at Fleet Feet Greensboro for a special book signing of her new book "Run Fast Eat Slow". Fleet Feet Greensboro is located at 3731 Lawndale Drive.
Shalane holds the American record times in the 3000 m (indoor), 5000 m (indoor), and 15K road race. She won the bronze medal in the 2008 Olympics in the 10,000 m, a bronze at the 2011 IAAF World Cross Country Championships and was second in the 2010 New York City Marathon. Shalane is married to Steven Edwards, a former track and field star at the University of North Carolina and at his high school Durham Academy, where he still holds multiple school and North Carolina state records. He is an inaugural member of the Durham Academy Sports Hall of Fame. Her parents are both accomplished runners as well. Her mother, Cheryl Treworgy, is a former marathon world record holder (as Cheryl Bridges - 1971) and a five-time U.S. World Cross Country Championship participant. Her father, Steve Flanagan, was also a U.S. World Cross Country Champion participant and marathon runner. (PR 2:18) In the fall of 2009, Shalane volunteered as an assistant coach for the cross country team at her alma mater, the University of North Carolina.At the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, she won national cross country titles in 2002 and 2003 — becoming the first individual champion in the sport in Tar Heel history — and numerous track accolades, with best times of 4:11.24 in 1500 m (7th in the US at any level in 2003,) 9:00.22 in the 3000 m, and 15:20.54 in the 5000 m. In the fall of 2013, she volunteered as an assistant coach for the women cross country team at Portland State University.
Since advancing to the professional level in 2004, she has lowered her 3000-meter time to 8:33.25 and her 5000-meter time to 14:44.80, the latter an American record; her 1500 m record has slightly improved to 4:05.86. She is a two-time national champion in the women's 5000 meters. She won the short course competition at the USA Cross Country Championships in 2004 and 2005.
Flanagan ran the 10,000 m for the first time at the 2008 Stanford Payton Jordan invite in a time of 30:34.49 to beat Deena Kastor's American record of 30:50.32. She also became the long course national cross country champion for the first time in February of that year.
On August 16, 2008 Shalane finished third in the Olympic 10,000 m finals in Beijing, capturing the bronze medal.She also set a then American record in 30:22.22, shattering her own record set earlier in the year.She is only the second American woman to receive an Olympic medal in the 10,000 m.
8 years later (2016) onAugust 14, 2016, Shalane placed 6th at Athletics at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Women's marathon in 2:25:26.
And she doesn't seem to be slowing down! So come on out on Wednesday, November 2nd at 12noon and say 'hey' to Shalane and get an autographed copy of her new book "Run Fast Eat Slow".