Olympian and Peabody native Heather MacLean, right, poses with her former high school coach Fernando Braz after speaking at the Braz Running Camp last week before leaving for Tokyo. (Courtesy Photo)
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Olympian, Peabody native Heather MacLean speaks to runners at Braz running camp

PEABODY — It's not every day you get to meet an Olympian, and last week the kids at the Fernando Braz Running Camp got that special treat when city native and former Peabody High star Heather MacLean visited before making her trip to Tokyo to represent the United States on the women's track-and-field team. 

At the Olympic Trials on June 21 in Eugene, Ore., MacLean ran a time of 4:02.09 in the 1500-meter to finish third and qualify for the Olympic team. The women’s 1500 will be run on Aug. 2 in Tokyo.

Last Wednesday, MacLean visited Braz Camp and spoke with the cross-country and all-sports athletes, describing her Olympic-qualifying 1500 three weeks earlier as a race where she let her mind and body take over and …

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