In Providence, Rhode Island, we already have our own little enclave of elite runners including Kim Smith, Molly Huddle, and Roisin McGettigan.
Soon to be arriving, is Amy Hastings. Hastings competed in the 10,000 meters in the recent London Olympics and came in a heartbreaking close fourth in the women’s marathon trials in Houston. She recently left the famed Mammoth Track Club after four years of training with the club.
Amy Hastings will train with Kim Smith, who competed for New Zealand in the Olympic marathon (she placed 15th overall in her third Olympic appearance in the marathon). The two are not strangers, they both share the same agent, Ray Flynn.
Hastings and Smith are both looking to compete in this year’s ING NYC Marathon. She will spend a few months training here for the NYC marathon, but is unsure of what her next step will be in terms of a training group/location.
For those of us living in Providence, it’s not uncommon to see these amazing women running on local bike paths—especially the Blackstone Valley bike path. Maybe I will get lucky and catch a fleeting glimpse of the new training partners soon!