Fort Worth Native Set to Run in Olympic Marathon Trials

From Nolan Catholic High School in Fort Worth to the Summer Olympic Games in Rio.

That's a possibility for one local runner, who is now just weeks away from a shot at joining Team USA.

Even on a chilly January afternoon, you can see runners on the Trinity Trails in Fort Worth. If you spend enough time there, you might just see Liz Northern training for her next marathon.

"I know where every water fountain is for about an eight mile radius around here," Northern said.

Her first marathon was back in 2010 and since then she's run in about a half dozen of them, from San Antonio to the Twin Cities and Chicago to Japan. However, her love of running all started with Fort Worth's Cowtown Marathon.

"I'm a proud Fort Worthian," Northern said. "I ran with my elementary school, the Cowtown 10k back in 1996 and '97."

Now, 20 years later, she's run marathons fast enough each of the last three years to qualify for the Olympic marathon trials on February 13, 2016.

"My odds aren't as bad as the Powerball of getting into the Olympics, but," Northern says, she knows it'll be tough.

Only three of the 250 competitors will make the USA marathon team in Rio.

"It's just great to go," Northern said. "I know that it's going to take a super Hail Mary and a shot to the moon to get on the Olympic team, but I kind of consider that I've hit my goal just to go."

In a few weeks, she'll go to Los Angeles, with her family there for support.

"I wouldn't be able to do this without a very patient husband, a very supportive family network," she said."

And a community of runners at home cheering her on.

"I'm just excited to go," Northern said.

Northern says two other women from the DFW qualified to attend the trials. Her goal is to finish in the top 30-percent.

Northern attended Trinity University in San Antonio, where she was a member of the cross country and track teams all four years.

The marathon trials air on NBC 5 on February 13. NBC 5 is also a proud sponsor of the Cowtown Marathon.

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