Jake Riley – Marathon Guy with a Kick

Carrie interviews OLYMPIAN Jake Riley, fresh off his second place finish at the 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials! They talk about the day, his ups and downs in running, and how he plans on preparing for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Recorded March 3, 2020
Photo by Jane Monti for Race Results Weekly

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Jake Riley

After showing promise at the marathon distance with a 2:13:16 debut at the 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, Jacob struggled with Achilles issues for more than three years, he underwent surgery in 2018.

Riley returned to competitive form with a ninth-place at the 2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, where he ran 2:10:36, finishing as the top American. It was that performance that confirmed to Riley and his coach Lee Troop (himself a three-time Olympian) that he would be a contender for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

On a hilly, windy course in Atlanta, Riley relied on a strategy that would see him spend the majority of the race patiently waiting until the 30K mark before charging from the second chase pack to catch Abdi Abdirahman and Leonard Korir, overtaking them for good in the final mile to take second place and earning his first Olympic team berth in 2:10:02.

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