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Shalane Flanagan covers long road

Marblehead native started from scratch in transition to Olympic marathoner

Updated: July 25, 2012, 4:26 PM ET
By Brendan Hall | ESPNBoston.com

Before Shalane Flanagan could make the transition from middle distance to the unforgiving 26.2 miles, and before she set her sights on the 2012 Olympic Games, she had to learn all over again.

It was 2009 and the Marblehead, Mass., native had just switched to a new running coach at the Oregon Track Club Elite, Jerry Schumacher, as she was transitioning to the marathon from the 10,000 meters, the event in which she claimed the bronze medal in the Beijing Games and still holds the ...

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