Marathoner makes Olympics


The friends and family of Dan Browne didn't need to wait long to find out whether the former West Linn running phenom had qualified for the Athens Olympics during the U.S. Marathon Trials. They just needed to check his Web site,

Sure enough, it was updated shortly after the 26.2 mile race concluded Saturday in Birmingham, Ala.

'Dan qualifies for 2004 USA Olympic Marathon Team!'

'Once you start to get a lot of friends and family interested in what you're doing, a Web site really comes in handy,' Browne said. 'I love having that available.'

Browne will be updating the site regularly as he trains for the Athens Games in August. He finished third in the U.S. Trials and will be part of the three-man U.S. team.

The key to getting ready for the Athens Games, Browne said Sunday night via phone from Chicago, where he was stranded between flights back to Portland, is to keep doing what got him there in the first place.

'Keith Brantley, who made the '96 Olympic team, that's the advice he gave me,' Browne said. 'What you did to get there, just keep doing that.'

Part of Browne's training will be the outdoor track and field season. He is a top 10,000-meter runner and may attempt to qualify for the Olympics in that event as well. His main race in Oregon likely will be the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene in May.