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Long-distance runner Kara Goucher to speak at Rogue on Dec. 4

Pam LeBlanc

Need a motivational kick in the running shorts?

Kara Goucher, one of America’s top long-distance runners, will talk about her comeback from injury, her recent experience at the New York City Marathon and plans for the future during a public appearance at Rogue, 410 Pressler Drive.

The event will start at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4 with a screening of an episode of the Driven series from, chronicling Goucher’s career. A moderator will lead an interview with Goucher, 36, and then she will answer questions from the audience.

The event is open to the public, but guests are asked to RSVP here.

Goucher won the bronze medal in the 10,000 meters at the 2007 World Championships and finished third in the Boston Marathon in 2009. She ran at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and the London Olympics in 2012.

She was gunning for a 2:28 at the New York City Marathon a few weeks ago, but hit the wall on what turned out to be a very windy day and struggled, finishing in 14th place with a 2:37. Goucher, who has been criticized for showing too much emotion, was tearful at the race finish and during a press conference afterward.

“I used to worry about it and try to hold it in, but now that I am well into my 30s and a mother, I just don’t care,” she wrote in her blog afterward. “It is who I am. I am good at many things but not at hiding my emotions. I am raw, I cry ugly, it is what it is.”

Rogue started carrying Skechers shoes this month, and Goucher’s Austin appearance is in partnership with Skechers Performance Division.

“We’re super excited. It’s a big deal. Obviously there are a lot of people in our group who look up to her and are inspired by her as an athlete,” said Rogue co-owner Chris McClung.

For more information call Rogue at (512) 373-8704.