Fort Kent's Sarah Mulcahy has 14 months to think about the US Olympic Marathon trials in Atlanta. The Eagle Lake native met the qualifying standard of 2 hours and 45 minutes at the California Marathon on December 2nd.
Mulcahy a Math Teacher at Fort Kent High School didn't run in High School and started running in College in 2003 and 2004.
(Sarah Mulcahy):" The first time I actually went I said this is terrible. I can't believe people actually do this. Once I got past that this is terrible and I got past the first mile and the first mile led to two miles and then three miles. I was like this is enjoyable I am in my own head I have no other worries."
Mulcahy started running competitively in 2009 and then it transitioned in marathon running a few years later. She suffered a major injury in 2017 leaving her running career in doubt.
Mulcahy:" I had a femoral hip fracture i was 31 weeks pregnant with my son. Originally they said you may never run again and I was pretty crushed, but I said you know what God has a plan and I am just going to follow through with he says. After the surgery the Doctor said within a year you will be running."
St Agatha native Tracy Guerrette and Mulcahy have become very good friends and she was one of the people who visited Sarah in the hospital
Mulcahy:" She came to the hospital when I had broken my hip and she brought me a little statue and she just said I am going to prey for you, but you are going to get this and we are still going to the 2020 trials together."
She gave birth on St Patrick's day in 2017 and was cleared to run a few months later. She ran in the MDI Half Marathon in October of 2017 and set a new PR.(file) She then ran the Millinocket Marathon where she set a new PR by 3 and a half minutes.
In 2018 Mulcahy broke 2 hours and 50 minutes in the Bay of Fundy Marathon and after that performance her coach Robert Gomez encougared her to sign up for California where she and Guerrette would compete against each other
Mulcahy:" We ran a couple of warm up runs together we ran the day before together with Dave Kirschner who also is from Maine running."
Mulcahy runs very early in the morning while her husband is still home and her two children are still in bed.
Mulcahy's time of 2:44:28 met the Qualifying standard and in February of 2020 she will be lacing up the shoes with the top marathoners in the Country. Her goal is to take it all in.
Mulcahy:" To me is it once in a lifetime because I have a family. I have other things going on. To me this is my once in a lifetime experience and I just want to be able to enjoy what I am a part of."