BENEFITING: 826 NATIONAL
I KNOW I'M READY!
Desiree Davila is prepared. Six years of training taught her that the race often comes down to the last 10K and a couple of crucial choices to make through the adrenaline and fatigue.
Devila is an American long-distance track runner. At last January's Olympic trials in Houston, four top women had distanced themselves from the field. Only the top three would make the cut for London. Davila increased her tempo. Hastings dropped back. Davila forged on, her 98-pound frame dwarfed by her taller rivals. With two miles to go, Davila was faced with another decision - should she try to match the surge and bid for the win, taking the chance that her cramping calves would betray her, or maintain her pace and protect her spot on the team? It was tempting to test her limits. She had fallen just two seconds short of victory in 2011. She decided not to risk it and secured her spot by finishing second. It was a tough, savvy race and the latest evidence that Davila's gradual climb to the top is peaking.
Davila is running for the Charity 826 National.
826 National is a nonprofit organization that provides strategic leadership, administration, and other resources to ensure the success of its network of eight writing and tutoring centers. 826 centers offer a variety of incentive programs that provide under-resourced students, ages 6-18, with opportunities to explore their creativity and improve their writing skills. We also aim to help teachers get their classes excited about writing. Our mission is based on the understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention, and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success. We may be literary types, but we like strong numbers, too!
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Desiree Davila will represent the USA in the 2012 London Summer Olympics, finishing second in the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials January 14, 2012 in Houston, TX with a time of 2:25:55.
In 2011, she finished in 2nd at the Boston Marathon and set a 4 minute personal record. Her time of 2:22:38 is the fastest time ever run by an American woman in the Boston Marathon. In 2010, she finished 4th at the Chicago Marathon and set a 1 minute personal record. Her time of 2:26:20 was the fastest American woman. In 2009, she finished 11th at the IAAF World Championship in the marathon and set a 3 minute personal record. her time of 2:27:53 was the fastest American woman. She now trains with the Hanson-Brooks team in Michigan.
Let's help Davila and 826 get the numbers they need to succeed! Go Davila! Go 826!