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Tom McCormack preps to lead Masters field at .US National 12K

After running just two USA Track & Field Masters road races in 2013, Tom McCormack has rekindled his love for competitive distance running as he looks to once again finish top-10 among masters and first in his age division at Sunday’s .US National 12K in Alexandria.
The 61-year-old from Jonesborough, Tennessee, most recently won USATF Masters 5K Championships in Carmel, Indiana, after a strong 2014 season that also included wins in the 10 km (36:38.98) and Gold Mile (5:03), and a record-breaking 5K performance at the Syracuse Festival of Races, where he finished in 16:58.
“There was time for about 20 years when I didn’t run much or maybe just two days a week,” said McCormack, who emigrated to the U.S. before becoming a collegiate runner at East Tennesee State. “I got away from sports for a long time, he continued. When I retired in 2013, I realized now is a time to see how I can do nationally and that’s when we ended up in Alexandria.
Finishing the 2013 event first in his age category and ninth among all Masters at the 2013 .US 12K, he was concerned about the distance but said,” The day of the race I took off pretty conservatively and felt like I was running well within myself. I started just picking people off as I went along. It wasn’t an easy race for me because the distance was really long. It was really competitive and really strong field. When I was finished, I was happy with my time and shocked that I had broken a record.”
McCormack finished the 2013 .US National 12K in 43:04 for an age-group record among 60-64-year old athletes.
Preparing for 2014, he is looking forward to the new course.
“It’s an even faster course this year. It will be interesting to see how I can do and how others can do. I think a lot of people are going to run record times. In 2013 I really just had two races to base my fitness and the quality of my runs. This year I have had a whole lot more. I have been successful this year, but what has been a neat experience is meeting all the Masters athletes.”
While McCormack is preparing for a strong finish, he said, “I’m not going to predict a time; that’s for sure. I’m going to run as hard as I can and as long as I can, and we’ll see what happens when I get to the finish line.”

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