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Meet the 2021 Power Women of the Year Honorees


Last year, we started a new tradition: Kicking off the new year by announcing our Women’s Running Power Women of the Year. The women featured in that group were the game changers, rule breakers, and trailblazers within our community; they were the ones to watch, to cheer for, and to be inspired by in this upcoming year.

This year we’re back and thrilled to announce a new group of honorees. In this year’s list you’ll find some familiar faces, along with a number of new additions. That’s because while last year’s list focused on elite runners who we felt were ones to watch in the lead up to the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics, this year we recognized the need to broaden the range of impact. Because it’s not just pros who are changing the game, it’s women within every corner of our community.

There are top athletes, of course, as well as powerful advocates who are speaking out about everything from SafeSport to racial inequality. We included business leaders and innovators, as well as some of the most impactful voices of the women’s running world.

These 25 power women are reshaping the running industry for the better—and we can’t wait to watch the impact they make in the upcoming year.

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