DALLAS – Rice alumna and former NCAA Division All-American distance runner Becky Wade will be participating in a first-of-its-kind two-person marathon relay race featuring 10 of the best distance runners in America this Sunday, Dec. 13.
Wade was selected as one of five elite American female runners to participate in the Dallas Marathon Duo to Rio Relay, sponsored by AT&T. The race will serve as one of the final training runs before the Olympic Team Trials in the marathon next February, which Wade has already qualified to participate in.
The Duo to Rio pairs a male and female elite runner – each running 13.1 miles of the Dallas Marathon course – and Wade has been paired with USA running legend Meb Keflezighi. At 40 years of age, Keflezighi is an Olympic favorite again this year and has previously won the Boston and New York City marathons.
Wade, a Dallas native, is among the youngest female competitors qualified for the Olympic Trials. The 26-year-old won her marathon debut in 2013 with a time of 2:30.41 at the California International Marathon and set a half marathon PR of 1:12.58 at Houston earlier this year.
For more information, visit dallasmarathon.com.