Kara Goucher returns to Duluth for author talk at North Theatre

The Spirit of the North Theatre in Fitger’s welcomed Duluth native back on Friday night. Olympian Kara Goucher gave an author talk on her new book, The Longest Race. Goucher highlighted her time as an Olympic runner, discussed her career and dove into the dark reality of running for the lavish Nike team, dubbed the Nike Oregon Project.

Goucher was joined by moderators Charla Buxbaum and Brette Jensen. Buxbaum, MS ATC is the Assistant Director of Sports Medicine and Performance at UMD and Jensen is the Head Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Coach and Assistant Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Coach at UMD.

Kara Goucher excelled at running from a young age and would earn a Nike Sponsorship deal after she graduated from college. Past accomplishments in her career would include winning a World Championship medal, running in the Olympics, and standing on the podium for the New York and Boston Marathons.

 When Kara began to speak out about her abusive experiences with the Nike team and former coach Alberto Salazar, she became an inspiration for female athletes and helped spearhead actions hold both Nike and her former coach accountable. Now, Kara speaks across the country on how her experiences helped her reclaim her life, career and love of running.