IRVINE, Calif.--()--ASICS’ Athlete and decorated long distance runner, Deena Kastor, finished third and Master Champion with a time of 2:32:39 in the ASICS LA Marathon this weekend. As an Agoura Hills local, the marathon served as her homecoming race, and is only her second marathon competition since the birth of her daughter two years ago.
“ASICS congratulates Deena Kastor on her stellar LA Marathon performance, a strong showing in her return to competition”
One of the greatest women’s distance runners of all time, Kastor is no stranger to fierce competition. She currently holds American records in the marathon, half-marathon, and numerous road distances. Placing in the top third in the ASICS LA Marathon is another exciting feat for the accomplished athlete.
Kastor has never been shy of success in her career. Adding the ASICS LA marathon finish to her long list of accolades, she is also well-known for victory in the 2006 London Marathon where she became one of the fastest female marathoner ever. She also won a bronze medal in the women’s marathon at the 2004 Olympics, becoming the second American in Olympic history to medal in the event.
“I’m thrilled with my performance at the ASICS LA Marathon. It was such a rush competing in one of the best cities in the world, with some of the most talented runners in the world,” commented Deena Kastor of her performance on Sunday. “I’m thankful for the support of my friends and family, as well as my sponsors – such as ASICS – who have been there for me every step of the way.”
Kastor raced in the ASICS Gel-HyperSpeed® 5, a favorite of the American record holder. This versatile shoe features a lightweight platform, breathable upper, and a moisture drainage system, which makes it well suited for a range of runners both on the road and around the track.
“ASICS congratulates Deena Kastor on her stellar LA Marathon performance, a strong showing in her return to competition,” noted ASICS Athlete Manager, Annie Adams. “As a brand, we are proud to sponsor such an exceptional athlete and role model, and we look forward to cheering her on in her upcoming competitions.”
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