Now Puskedra has his Nike contract back and is one of the favorites (outside the "big 3") to make the team. “When we moved back [to Eugene] it was not for running. I didn’t have the desire to run. It was for her job and moving to Eugene from Portland, that was my closure and I was kind of giving up at that point. It was tough. Moving the last boxes from our apartment there, it was emotional but I thought it was closure.”
The race was won by Cuba's Richer Perez in 2:17:04.
*Quotes From Leon And Young Leon: “It’s both of our first times being on a U.S. team, so it’s great. It’s a chance to wear the U.S. jersey. I think it’s really motivating with all of the successes from all the other track runners, and it seems like every event we are doing something well and there’s a lot of positive energy with the team and in the village. It’s extra motivation to come out here and run well. It’s crazy. I was an average high school runner, a college walk-on, and I never would have thought that this was possible. It’s a dream come true, really. It’s pretty awesome. I hope it’s not my last time, and it’s certainly been a great experience.”
*MB: PAN AM MARATHON: US BOMBS
He ran 65:56 to beat Craig Leon. He said he wanted to preview the course as it will host US Half Champs for the next 2-years.