Goucher_kara-boston09-200x300 In the upcoming Sept/Oct issue of Women’s Running, Jayme Otto profiles marathon runner Kara Goucher, the current “it” girl of the sport. An Olympian and third place finisher at the 2009 Boston Marathon (pictured at left, photo courtesy photorun.net), Goucher is training for the August 23 marathon world championships in Berlin. This weekend, she competed in the inaugural Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon and ran past all the competition—literally. She was the overall winner of the race, speeding to the finish in 1 hour and 8 minutes (that’s a blistering 5:12 minute-per-mile pace), some 20 seconds before the first place male finisher.

Goucher continues to gather supporters with her sincere smile and fierce dedication to hard work. She easily won over the Women’s Running staff, too. At the race expo before the event, she chatted with members of our team and autographed a copy of the magazine.

We’ll all be cheering for her in Berlin.