The Summer Olympics are set to get underway Friday night, with some of the world's best athletes converging on Rio De Janeiro, including a few from right here in Sacramento.
It is not the first time on the big stage for one of our local Olympians. West Sacramento's Kim Conley ran in the women's 5K in London in 2012, the same race she will run in Rio.
Conley turned pro after graduating from U.C. Davis in 2008, where she was the Division I Independent Cross Country Champion in 2004.
She stayed in the Sacramento region to take a coaching job at her alma mater. She also founded the Norcal Distance Project, a locally-based training group for female distance runners.
"Being able to have this lifestyle, and get to do what I love, while earning a living doing it," Conley said. "It really feels like I'm living the dream."
She says Sacramento State's Hornet Stadium, the American River Parkway and Fitness System Land Park are a few of the places she has trained for the Summer Games.
Her Distance Project teammate and fellow Sacramentan Kate Grace will be competing in the women's 800 meters.