Sunday is a big day for plenty of people running the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, 40 thousand runners running towards 40 thousand individual goals.
One athlete to keep an eye out for is Amanda Rice of Portland, Oregon. Rice is a dentist, a lieutenant in the Navy and an elite runner who is using Chicago as her shot to qualify/ be selected for the 2016 Olympic trials.
This Naval officer has been thinking about this day since she was a little girl and watched her mother run a marathon, now on Sunday it’s her turn to run, as fast as she can for 26.2 miles.
We all have to deal with the work life balance of training, but when you factor in being in the Navy and the massive responsibilities that come with that obligation, it’s a balancing act that to most would seem impossible, but to Rice it’s what motivates her, “Training and being a Naval officer go hand in hand, they feed off each other. When you put that much time and energy into a certain aspect of your life, it’s only natural that it’s going to translate into the other aspects of your life.”
Raised in Portland, based in Yokosuka, Japan, Rice is coming to Chicago to make her dreams come true. Let’s make her feel at “sweet home” as she runs on Sunday.
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