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Profiles of Masters Athletes Competing at .US National 12K

ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- The top Masters runners in the country are set to converge on Alexandria, Virginia, Sunday for the culmination of the USATF Masters 12K road championships, a part of the .US National 12K. The race is the last road race of the season and a chance for athletes to cement their positions in the inaugural year of the Masters Individual Grand Prix.  Top male and female masters include several outstanding athletes.  
But first one note: Age-grading is an important measuring stick for comparing masters athletes across different ages, and is used in the profiles below. An 85% age-grade is considered a national class performance; 90% and above is considered world class
The renowned Kathy Martin (Northport, New York) will contest the 12K championship. Martin is the .US defending national champion for women 60 to 64. Her 2013 time of 48:59 established the American age group record at that distance. Not only does Martin hold the American record at 12K, she holds [or has pending] almost every other age group record from the 5K to the Marathon. Her national record at 5 km was established in 2011 in Syracuse, New York, at the national championships in an incredible 19:04. Her pending record in the 10K is 40:10, run earlier this year at the 10K championships in Dedham, Massachusetts.  Martin also ran a 40:17 at Joan Benoit Samuelson's famed Beach to Beacon 10K this summer.
In addition to road racing, she excels on the track as well.  Martin broke the age group American records for the indoor 800 meters and 1 mile run prior to running in the World Indoor Championships in 2014.  She has more world class performances than you can count, and occasionally attains 100%. Her record setting performance at the .US Nationals last year graded out at 99.54%. Her pending 10K record grades out, not surprisingly, at 100.42%.
Martin is a pioneer among US women born in the 1950’s, setting the standards for younger women who have grown up in a different era for women’s sports. As a national champion many times over and the 2013 Masters Runner of the Year, Martin will compete to defend her standard.
Masters runner of the year for the 45-49 age division in 2007,Doreen McCoubrie, of Malvern, Pennsylvania, has performed at a high level ever since.Overcoming the occasional injury, McCoubrie has nonetheless maintained her reputation on the roads. She took first place in her division at the USA 1 mile road championships as part of the CRIM Festival of Races in Flint, Michigan.McCoubriedominated the race in a time of 5:29. She has taken silver age group medals with world class performances at the USA 10 kilometer championship in Dedham, Massachusetts with a time of 39:01 [age grading 90.32%], and at the USA 5K championship at Syracuse, NY with a time of 18:49 [age grading 91.36%].
The .US National Race will be her longest test in a national championship this year.
Doug Goodhue (Milford, Michigan) is affectionately known as the “Silver Bullet.” He has dominated his age group for years. Each year from 2006 through 2013, Goodhue, has won the title of Masters Runner of the Year for his age group. That is an incredible string and no one expects it to be broken in 2014. Goodhue has won five age group titles on the roads this year alone at distances from 1 mile to 15K, not to mention he won 5 km USA Cross Country title last weekend.  
His 32:15 8K championship in Brea, California, grades out at 92.14%, suggesting he should be in the hunt again for an age grading place in Alexandria, as well as being the favorite for another age group win. In 2013 he ran 49:20. The fastest time run by an American man over the age of 70 was 48:57, run by Warren Utes in 1995.
On the masters scene for several years, this has been a breakout year for Lloyd Hansen, of Salt Lake City, Utah. He has five U.S. titles to his credit this year, the 5K, the 8K and the 15K on the road, in addition to cross country championships at 5K and 8K. That is not to mention his track titles at the Outdoor National Championships at the 5000 and 10,000 meters. He has an 18:08 to his credit at the Hollis 5K in New Hampshire and a 1:22:25 time at the Hobble Creek Half Marathon in Utah. Hansen has displayed incredible range this year and the 12 K falls right in the middle of his range.
Hansen appears prepped for a top performance in Alexandria.
Tom McCormack, a member of the famous 'Irish Brigade' that put East Tennessee State on the distance running map in the 1970's. The Johnson City, Tennessee, resident burst onto the Masters long distance running scene last October at the 5 km Cross Country Championships in New Jersey. He won that race, ran a world class time, and finished second in the age grading to the Masters Runner of the Year, Brian Pilcher.
McCormack has not stopped since. The defending champion in the 60-64 division, McCormack took first last year in Alexandria with a time of 43:04 for the top 93.79% age-grade over all of the masters runners, which included several past Masters Runners of the Year. This year has been even more spectacular.
He made his first splash in taking the title at the USATF 10 km title in Dedham, Massachusetts, in 36:02. He followed that with track titles in the 5,000 meters and 10,000m at USATF Masters Outdoor Championships in Winston-Salem, N.C., where he lapped some pretty impressive runners along the way. He later turned his attention to Syracuse where he would have a record-breaking performance, besting a time of 17:00 set by Jim O'Neil in1986. Despite the somewhat somewhat windy day, McCormack blasted away from the starting line and did not stop until he had blazed his way to a 16:58.
Last year's Masters Runner of the Year, Brian Pilcher, from Ross, California, tore up the roads in 2013. He won his age group at every distance from 5K to the Half Marathon, with world-class performances every time. The highlights were his 16:22 5K at Syracuse for an age-grade of 95.54% and his 1:15:33 half marathon at Melbourne, Florida (for an age grade of 93.40%). Not surprisingly, he is the defending age group champion for the .US National race. However, he is not competing in 2014. 
-- Contributed by Paul Carlin

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