Episode 291: Rory Linkletter – Headed to The Marathon Project

Rory Linkletter joined the Hoka One One NAZ Elite team in 2019 and will be running his second marathon this weekend at The Marathon Project! He ran his first marathon very quickly after turning Pro in 2:16 and since then has ripped a 61:44 half in Houston and has a full year of training with NAZ Elite under his belt. It is exciting to see what that will produce this weekend.

Originally from Canada, Rory moved to the United States at 6, was a stand out runner in HS and went on to run at BYU. He was a three-time NCAA first team All American in track and field and a three-time NCAA All American in cross country. He helped lead the BYU Cougars to podium finishes at the 2017 and 2018 NCAA Cross Country Championships.

Rory ran his first post-collegiate race in the summer of 2019 at the Canadian 10,000 meter Championships where he finished third. He was then named to the Canadian team for the 2019 Pan American Games where he finished 6th. In the fall he made his marathon debut in 2:16:42 at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. He then kicked off 2020 by setting a team record of 1:01:44 at the Aramco Houston Half Marathon–his first ever half marathon. He was second in July at the St. George Showdown 5,000 and 9th in October at the Michigan Pro Half Marathon. (Source – NAZ Elite Website)

Photo Cred: Evan Barnes

What we talked about: 

5:30- What Rory is up to in training right now and details on The Marathon Project

9:25- The selection criteria to make the Olympics for Canada in the marathon

12:00- How he is feeling going into the marathon project and reflecting on his debut marathon

13:50- Why Rory decided to run his debut marathon so young

15:25- His decision to join NAZ Elite after having success at BYU

17:20- How he and his wife met in college

21:15- Getting connected with coach Ben Rosario and agent Hawi Keflezighi

24:20- The difference in his training for the Toronto Marathon and The Marathon Project

28:05- Rory’s emotions and feelings going into the race this weekend

33:50- Recapping his performance at The Michigan Pro Half Marathon and the confidence it gave him

37:05- His final thoughts going into the race this weekend

40:25- What he has learned from Jared Ward while training with him in college

42:15- The 6 day training approach at BYU that he followed

46:10- Being teammates with Nick Hauger and Matt Baxter after being rivals in college and details on the podcast that they host

52:05- What it’s like to train in the US and be in that culture but be competing for Canada and the rise in Canadian distance running

56:25- His love for his truck and other sports that he enjoys following outside of running

1:00:20- End of podcast questions


Show Notes: 

Hoka One One NAZ Elite

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