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The race that no one could take away from Shalane Flanagan


Her game face didn't crack until the very end, when she threw a punch skyward and let out a spirited epithet, then blew a kiss as she broke the tape. Perhaps the most unlikely thing about Shalane Flanagan's New York City victory was how explicitly she longed for it in an event where so many demur about their ambitions. "How my career ends is super important to me,'' she told me. (ESPN.com)

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