Jim Walmsley confirms Olympic marathon ambition

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Hoka One One athlete plans to use trail build-up for road attempt

Not content with being the No.1 trail runner in the world right now, Jim Walmsley is turning his attention to asphalt.

The American, who last month smashed his own Western States 100 record, has previously indicated he wanted to run the trial race in Atlanta next February for Tokyo 2020.

In an interview in the brand new edition of Trail Running, Walmsley says training on the trails will form part of his preparation. “I’ll debut in a marathon in February next year,” he says: “I’ll debut in a marathon in February next year,” he said. “The idea, especially for the base block, is to include a lot of vertical climbing and strength trail runs into a very big volume. I think it has a lot of potential to bring something different to a road marathon. i’m excited to see how the experiment turns out.”

You can read the full interview with Jim Walmsley in the August-September edition of Trail Running - out in shops on July 11. Click  here  for more on what’s inside.

You can read the full interview with Jim Walmsley in the August-September edition of Trail Running - out in shops on July 11. Click here for more on what’s inside.

No stranger to the roads, the runner ranked world No.1 by the International Trail Running Association clocked 64:00 for the half-marathon last January to qualify for the Olympic trials. Then in May he clocked 4 hours 50 minutes 8 seconds to break the world 50-mile record in an event put on by his sponsors Hoka ONE ONE.

As someone who ran 4:04 for the mile before starting to dominate on the trails, his versatility is impressive and you wouldn’t rule out the possibility of him going under the Tokyo qualifying standard of 2:11:30.

But either way, we’re glad he won’t be saying goodbye to the trails.

Jim Walmsley is sponsored by Hoka One One.

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