Galen Rupp, who credits CYO sports for teaching him to set goals and work toward them methodically, won the U.S. Olympic marathon trials. (Courtesy CYO)
Galen Rupp, who credits CYO sports for teaching him to set goals and work toward them methodically, won the U.S. Olympic marathon trials. (Courtesy CYO)
Galen Rupp, an Oregon Catholic and father of four, won the U.S. Olympic marathon trials Feb. 29 in Atlanta. It is the fourth time he’s made the U.S. Olympic team; Rupp earned a silver medal in the 10,000 meters in 2012 and a bronze in the marathon in 2016.

The former University of Oregon star clocked in at 2 hours, 9 minutes, 20 seconds, comfortably ahead of second-place finisher Jacob Riley.

As the 33-year-old Rupp ran the final miles with an overwhelming lead, he prayed, according to a report on the NBC Sports website.

“Especially when things start to hurt at the end,” Rupp said. “I certainly was saying a lot of Hail Marys those last couple of miles.”

Rupp broke contact with fellow runners at 20 miles and cruised to his second consecutive U.S. marathon trials victory.

Like many athletes, Rupp has dealt with highs and lows. Faith keeps him anchored. “When you start doing things for yourself or your personal glory, you really can get sidetracked,” he told the Sentinel last year. “What I do is for the glory of God.”