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Friday Luncheon Speaker - Camille Herron

Screen Shot 2019-12-19 at 12.29.50 PMCamille Herron is a three-time Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier, 21-time marathon winner, and Guinness World Records holder for the fastest marathon in a Superhero costume, running 2:48:51 dressed as Spiderwoman. She represented Team USA in the marathon at the 2011 Pan American Games, finishing 9th. She also became the first 3-time winner of the Oklahoma City Marathon. As an ultrarunner, Herron's won three USATF titles (100K Road, 50 Mi Road, 100K Trail). In 2015, she became the first ultrarunner to win two World titles in the same year, winning the IAU 100 km World Championships and the IAU 50 km World Championships. In June 2017, Herron became only the 3rd American to win the Comrades Marathon, leading from start-to-finish.  It was the first win for an American women since 1997 when Ann Trason (RRCA Hall of Fame '95) won the event.  As of October 2019, she has set nine Open American Records (50 Mi Road Best, 50 Mi Track, 100K Track, 12Hr Track, 100 Mi Road, 100 Mi Track, 200K Track, 24Hr Track and Road) and three Open World Bests (100 Mi, 12Hr, 24Hr). Her 100 Mile Women’s World Best of 12:42:40 at the 2017 Tunnel Hill 100 is also the fastest women's time on trail, averaging 7:37 per mile.  For her 100 Mile and 24Hr World Bests, she won the races outright beating all of the men. She was the top ranked American 24Hr runner, including both men and women, going into the 2019 IAU 24 Hour World Championship, where she bettered her 24-hour World Best by running 270.116 kilometres (167.842 mi). She was voted the 2015 and 2018 IAU International Athlete of the Year. She is also a five-time honoree of the USATF Ruth Anderson Ultrarunner of the Year award, six-time USATF Athlete of the Week honoree, the 2017 Ultrarunning Magazine Female Ultrarunner of the Year, and three-time Ultra Performance of the Year.

Saturday Luncheon Speaker - Bernard Lagat

Screen Shot 2020-02-02 at 2.27.13 PMBernard Lagat moved to the United States from Kenya in 1996 to compete collegiality at Washington State University.  While there, Lagat was an 11-time NCAA All-American, winning the 1999 NCAA Indoor Mile title in 3:55.65.  Lagat first represented his native Kenya at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia. He would take home a bronze medal in the 1500 m. Four years later, he would improve on his performance at the Olympics, taking home a silver medal in the 1500 m at the Athens games for Kenya. Lagat also won his first gold medal in international competition that year, placing first in the 3000 m at the IAAF World Indoor Championships.

In March 2005, Lagat announced that he had become a citizen of the United States and would compete for his new country internationally. In 2008, Lagat represented the U.S. at the Beijing Olympic Games in both the 1500 m and 5000 m, but an Achilles tendon tear impacted his performances during the Games. At the 2012 Olympic Trials, Lagat was runner-up in the 5000 m to make his 4th Olympic team. At the 2012 Olympics in London, Lagat finished 4th in the 5000 m race, crossing the line 1.33 seconds behind the leader, Mo Farah, after being tripped up when he was going into his final kick. Lagat won the 5000 meters at the 2016 United States Olympic Trials, qualifying him for his 5th Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Lagat became the oldest runner at the 2016 Summer Olympics to represent the United States. Lagat initially claimed the 6th-place finish in the 5000 meters at the Olympics. He was moved to bronze after three runners were disqualified, but was moved back to 5th after 2 out of the 3 were reinstated.

Lagat made his marathon debut in 2018 at the New York City Marathon with a time of 2:17:20. In July 2019, Lagat ran 2:12:10 in the Gold Coast Marathon in Australia. The result placed him 7th overall and broke Meb Keflezighi‘s US Masters record (40+) of 2:12:20 in the men’s marathon. As of 2019, Bernard Lagat now holds the fastest time by a US 40+ man at every distance from the 1500 through the marathon.

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