"Always a strong runner, Ficker qualified for the 2008 US Olympic Marathon Trials by running 2:40:28 at the ’07 Austin Marathon in only her second open marathon, just three weeks after PR’ed in the 3M Half in 1:14:07. But in Boston at the Olympic Trials, she finished a disappointing 79th in 2:48:11.
Ficker’s greatest open marathon came in 2009 at New York City where she ran 2:39:30 and was the second American woman in the race.
That race and a growing disenchantment with the hard training for the triathlon (and the toll it has taken on her) has led to this decision to quit the triathlon."
“I’m excited by this,” said Ficker. “I know I can become a better runner. We’ll see just have to see how much better.”