SPOKANE, Wash.--A Spokane UPS driver is back on the job after winning the Portland Marathon over the weekend.
The victory also qualifies Rachel Jaten for the 2016 U.S. Olympic trials. Jaten said when she crossed the finish line on Sunday, her first reaction was relief.
“Portland has awesome crowd support so the whole time I hear people yelling, ‘You're first female! You go girl!’ That was cool,” said Jaten.
Jaten ran the marathon in 2 hours, 42 minutes and 13 seconds. It was the fastest marathon she has ever ran.
She entered the race with a goal to run to qualify for the 2016 U.S. Olympic trials.
“My primary was the qualifying time, which would be a personal best. If the win came, that was just a bonus,” said Jaten.
She averaged 6 minute and 12 second miles.
“I kind of counted on the fact that there would be a couple more guys around me but there really wasn't,” said Jaten.
Jaten found herself running alone most of the race.
“There were points where I looked up ahead as far as my eye could see and I couldn't see anyone, so it was pretty lonely 26 miles,” said Jaten.
Second place finished more than eight minutes behind her.
“I really wanted to get the qualifying time and as soon as I saw the clock, I knew I had it for sure,” said Jaten.
Jaten crossed the finish line with just 45 seconds to spare.
“I had a little cushion, but you always like to have a little more than that,” said Jaten.
Jaten said she will work on speed leading up to the trials.