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January 08, 2020
Karolyn Bowley is USATF-NE December 2019 Athlete of the Month
After setting a US National Masters Age Group record during the month,
(Boston Athletic Association / Middletown RI) is the USATF-New England (USATF-NE) Athlete of the Month for December 2019. Karolyn earns this award for her excellent performance at the Boston University Mini Meet #3 on December 28 where she ran 3000 meters in 10:11.03, breaking the former record for women age 50-54 by almost 2 seconds. This is her second W50 American record, having broken the outdoor 1500 meters mark with a time of 4:47.71 while competing in the USATF-NE Outdoor Championships last July.
USATF-New England spoke with Karolyn about her performances.
Congratulations on setting another American record!
Thank you so much for the recognition! I am truly honored!
What does it mean to you to have set both the 3k and 1500 W50 American records?
Setting the American record for the 3K and 1500 has made me feel a sense of "accomplishment"! I never imagined at age 50 I would be breaking records. All those early morning runs and hard workouts have made it worth it!
How have you matched your training to meet your needs?
As far as training, My AMAZING coaches have tailored my training to meet my racing goals. Depending on the race, we've adjusted the mileage and workouts accordingly. I have been a bit all over the place with my training. This past year I have trained for a 1500m track race up to a marathon and just about every distance in between. They have been a tremendous support throughout my training.
Anyone you would like to thank?
A HUGE thank you to my coaches Bob Rothenberg and Jon Barnes. Without them, this would never have been possible. I have learned so much from them. AND thank you to the B.A.A. for their support.
What’s next for you?
Next for me is the Master's Mile at the New Balance Grand Prix meet on January 25. We'll see what happens there!