October 6, 2015
After 19-year-old Mary Cain was spotted over the weekend racing in New York’s Van Cortlandt Park, distance running fans started speculating on our message board whether Cain was still attending the University of Portland (MB: So is it a fact that Mary Cain dropped out of U Portland?).
The fans’ hunch was correct. Cain, who struggled last year during her first year of college at the University of Portland, is no longer a UP student and no longer living in Portland. Cain announced today on her blog – runmarycain.com – that she has returned home to recreate that environment that led her to unprecedented success as a high schooler.
Now, I know for the average college kid, being at home doesn’t necessarily sound like living the dream, but it’s really been great! I’ve been taking classes at Fordham University (my dad’s alma mater) and I’m still working towards a Chemistry major.
I am still a member of the Oregon Project and Alberto Salazar is my coach. John Henwood is again helping to oversee my day-to-day training, so I’m extremely lucky to have two knowledgeable and passionate coaches.
Cain added that she will be running run some “local cross country races” this fall and is excited to lace up the spikes again. She concluded her blog post with some optimistic hopes about the coming year.
Throughout my career, I always said the key to running well was keeping the sport fun. With the help of this great NY running community, I am happy to say that I have found that love again! I’m looking forward to a rewarding Indoor and Outdoor season.
Thanks to everyone who has supported me through the ups and downs! I hope to make 2016 a year to remember!
Runner’s World’s has an article up on their site with some quotes from coach Henwood who is pleased with how Cain has been looking in practice as Henwood said to Gambaccini, “To be honest, I’m just happy with the way she’s looking in her workouts. You could say she’s progressing by a step at a time.”
Discuss this development on our messageboard: Update: It’s official, Mary Cain has left UP, returned home and is attending Fordham.
A photo of Mary Cain before her race over the weekend with Peter Ciaccia, president of events for NYRR and race director of the TCS New York City Marathon, appears below.
— Peter Ciaccia (@peter_ciaccia) October 4, 2015