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Rollins Breaks Half Marathon Age Group Record at Door County Race

The hills of the Door County Half Marathon course proved no match for the legs of Nancy Rollins at the 10th edition of the race in Peninsula State Park May 6.

Rollins set an unofficial record for women in the 70 – 74 age group, crossing the finish line in 1:47:18 to top the previous record of 1:47:38, set by Barbara Miller in Clarksburg, Calif. in November of 2012. The record won’t be official until it’s reviewed by USA Track and Field (USATF).

“I didn’t realize I set the record until I got home from the race,” said Rollins, 70, of Evanston, Ill. “I don’t usually check records before a race, but I had it in my head that the record was 1:46 something, so I was really surprised.”

Rollins said the crisp, cool weather and sunny day made for great running conditions, especially after a rough experience during April’s hot Boston Marathon.

“The Door County Half Marathon course is a really good course, even though you have some hard uphills,” Rollins said. “You also have some really nice, gradual downhills.”

Rollins, who coaches the Evanston Running Club, is not a high mileage runner.

“I’m older, so I run smarter,” she said. “I run around 40 miles a week, but they’re good, quality runs. I do hills every week, and I race at least two times a month to sharpen my pace.”

“The competition is great, and I like to win my age group of course, but my biggest motivation is running my best,” she said. “What matters to me is my time.”

Rollins will get her competitive juices flowing at the USATF National Outdoor Masters in July in Baton Rouge, La.

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