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"I take pride in local running, and it's great being able to say that this many people from Western Pennsylvania qualified for the trials, especially since so many distance runners go to places with elevation," Christiansen said.
"It kind of proves that you can be a good runner even if you don't live somewhere at elevation." Additional Information: What: Top three men and top three women earn a spot on the team that will compete in the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Who: Three Western Pennsylvania runners are among the 158 men and 223 women who qualified for the competition.
"I don't think the reality of it has hit me yet," said Beck, who ran her first-ever marathon in Pittsburgh in 2009 and qualified for the trials at the Boston Marathon by finishing in .Still others, like Juliette Ryan-Caines, started participating to achieve long-term goals. One night, she watched a news report about a new marathon that was coming to the Poconos the following summer.