First it was Kara. Then it was Paula. Now it’s Deena. Except this time around it’s not so much playmate as it is playdate. Colt and Raphael are going to have to fight over Deena and Andrew Kastor’s new addition to the family, a daughter: Piper Bloom Kastor, born February 21, weighing in at 6 pounds, 5 ounces, and measuring 20 inches. Can we expect wedding bells 20 or 30 years down the road, linking two great marathon moms? Maybe yes, maybe no, but regardless of any relationship match-up baby Piper has some big shoes to fill of her legacy mom. That is if she takes up running.
Piper is the first child for the Kastors, and she was the reason Deena dropped out of the 2010 New York City Marathon last November. Like Goucher and Radcliffe, the baby timing couldn’t have been better for Kastor, who still has plenty of time to run a 2011 marathon and perhaps set her eyes on qualifying for the 2012 London Olympics. The Chicago Marathon is still more than seven months away and Kastor has torn up that flat and fast course before. After winning bronze at the 2004 Athens Olympics, she won the 2005 race in 2:21:25, then set an American record, 2:19:36, at the marathon distance in London the following year. Could she…? Will she…do it again in October? It’s probably too early to tell.
But in the meantime, congratulations to the Kastors and keep your eyes out for Deena’s return to the pavement.