On Sunday, August 23, many of the world’s greatest female distance runners will convene on the streets of Berlin for the 2009 IAAF World Championship Marathon. Among the talented field will stand Tera Moody of Colorado Springs. The former Colorado Buffalo and Marathon Performance athlete will look to reap the rewards of an incredible 1-1/2 years of of racing, training, and waiting.
On May 12, 2009, USATF chose Moody and four other women to represent Team USA in Berlin. It was her surprise performance in the 2008 Boston Marathon Olympic Trials, finishing 5th overall (seeded 152/160) in 2:33:54, that ultimately punched her ticket to Germany. Moody has seen her marathon time drop 19 minutes since her Chicago Marathon time of 2:52:02 in 2006.
In the four months that have followed, Moody has run in a number of races including the US Women’s 25k Champs (3rd, 1:28:41), Bolder Boulder 10k (1st US Woman, 35:43) and the San Francisco Half-Marathon (1st Woman, 1:13:37). She’s trained at altitude in her hometown of Colorado Springs and at sea level in Eugene, Oregon — all the while maintaining her job in real estate.
Fast forward to now. Moody is settled in Berlin awaiting Sunday morning’s 26.2 mile race. She’ll have four other USA teammates around her, but as many who follow the sport understand, the marathon is the ultimate individual race. It is a test against the clock, mind, body, and soul. A test Tera has been eagerly awaiting to take since her last race 672 hours ago.
You can follow the 2009 IAAF Berlin World Championship Marathon live online at UniversalSports.com Sunday August 23 @ 5:15 AM EST.