GeneralNewsJohaug: Fleet Footed in the 10 k

Jason Albert Jason AlbertJune 11, 2020
2019, Therese Johaug winning in Ruka, Finland. (Photo: NordicFocus)

Norway’s Therese Johaug made news today on the running track, clocking a speedy 10 k in 31:40.69. Johaug’s run was part of a made-for-TV sport event in a time of limited international travel and social distancing.

Called the “Impossible Games”, the format pitted some of Norway’s best track and field athletes against those from Kenya in a virtual competition.

Best known by cross-country ski fans for dominating the distance races on the World Cup, Johaug is also known to scorch as a runner. Last year she made headlines after winning the Norwegian 10,000 m national championships in 32:20.86.

Then, she missed the World Championship standard of 31:50.00 by thirty seconds. Johaug ran that race in Hokas, not spiked track shoes.

She ran the race on Thursday in racing flats. The 25 lap run was completed solo amidst a near-empty stadium.

You can view her 2019 10,000 m Norwegian National Championship run below. According to NBC, they are broadcasting the Impossible Games on their sports networks.

 

 

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Jason Albert

Jason Albert

Jason lives in Bend, Ore., and can often be seen chasing his two boys around town. He’s a self-proclaimed audio geek. That all started back in the early 1990s when he convinced a naive public radio editor he should report a story from Alaska’s, Ruth Gorge. Now, Jason’s common companion is his field-recording gear.

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