Iowan Lisa Uhl Aiming for Rio in 2016

DES MOINES, Iowa — There’s much to respect about distance runner Lisa Uhl.

She never won a state championship at Fort Dodge but trained herself into a national champion at Iowa State, while making straight A’s.

Two years ago, Uhl added her most impressive title: United States Olympian.

Uhl was back in Des Moines Thursday night, taking part in a community run.

Uhl blogs for the Des Moines Register and accepted the invitation to sign autographs and lead runners on a five-mile run.

Lisa didn’t leave anybody in the dust.

We asked Uhl ‘what’s next?’

“Right now I’m training for some fall road racing I ended up kinda struggling this track season with some injury and some fatigue stuff and kind of just gotten that under control. I’m probably going to do the BIX and then looking at maybe doing a fall marathon. But long term the goal is to make Rio in 2016 so whether that’s in the marathon, the 10K, the 5K, to me you know I don’t care I want a trip to Rio,” says Uhl.

The BIX run is July 26th in the Quad Cities.

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