Speed and talent can only go so far when a runner is aiming for the Olympics. Rachel Jaten is among the fastest and most respected distance runners in the Inland Northwest, and last March she exceeded the Olympic qualifying standard for the US Marathon Trials at the Asics LA Marathon. But her time of 2:42 for the 26.2-mile course is only the beginning of her Olympic dreams.

Ideally, she could laser-focus her training for the coming months so she could avoid any running injuries, and mentally prepare for the upcoming 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials. She hopes to train with several other professional athletes in Henderson, Nev. for the last six weeks leading up to the Trials. Last but not least, her travel expenses to the Trials are significantly more expensive than a typical out-of-state marathon trip. Rachel has the speed and the talent to represent Spokane in the Olympics, but she needs a little support.

To find out more about Jaten and support her dreams, visit her unique GoFundMe website at: Gofundme.com/2016olympictrials.