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Norco sailor training to qualify for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo

By in Press Enterprise on November 18, 2017

By Anne Marie Walker

Lt. Patrick Hearn of the U.S. Navy has already won two marathons within the past year, the 42nd Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C. and the Shamrock Marathon in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The sailor trains every day pre-dawn in the hills of Orange County with the goal of competing for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics.

Hearn completed the Marine Corps Marathon on Oct. 22 and placed first for Team Navy and fifth overall. He ran a 2:29 marathon, placing him within seven minutes of the qualifying time for the Olympic trials.

His best time was 2:26 at the Baltimore Marathon last year.

β€œ[The Olympics] is the next milestone, ” Hearn said. β€œIt’s a level that many runners strive for.”

The 27-year old sailor has been racing since he was a senior at the University of Maryland and now works as an analyst for the Navy’s science and engineering command at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Corona Division. He has completed 14 marathons. Hearn usually starts to train for a marathon about two to three months prior.

  • Lt. Patrick Hearn runs around Lake Norconian. Lt. Hearn has been competing since he was in college and has ran 14 marathons. (Photo courtesy of Greg Vojtko, US.. Navy)

  • 171017-N-HW977-143 NORCO, Calif. (Oct. 16, 2017) Lt. Patrick Hearn, assigned to Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Corona Division, runs around Lake Norconian. Hearn, who won the Baltimore Marathon last year, was selected to be part of the Navy team competing in the Marine Corps Marathon on Oct. 22 through Arlington, Va. and Washington. (U.S. Navy photo by Greg Vojtko/Released)

    171017-N-HW977-143 NORCO, Calif. (Oct. 16, 2017) Lt. Patrick Hearn, assigned to Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Corona Division, runs around Lake Norconian. Hearn, who won the Baltimore Marathon last year, was […]    

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