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Astrophysicist marathon runner Julia Roman-Duval likes a challenge

Astrophysicist marathon runner Julia Roman-Duval likes a challenge

The best marathoner in the Baltimore area might be a French-born, red-haired astrophysicist and mother of three who took up distance running only in 2013. Certainly, Julia Roman-Duval is one of a kind.

“I only have one life and I'm trying to squeeze it all in,” said Roman-Duval, 33, of Columbia.

Saturday, she ran in the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in Los Angeles, one of more than 200 women who qualified for this attempt to earn one of the three spots for the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro. Roman-Duval finished 49th out of 132 female participants with a time of 2:46:45, 18 minutes, 25 seconds behind the winner, Amy Cragg.

Though a long shot, she was...

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