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Run News Roundup: Records Broken and Personal Bests Achieved in Women’s Running

It was an exciting weekend of racing, from trail marathons to the outdoor mile, and the announcement of which women will represent Team USA in the marathon at the World Champs

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Summer racing is in full swing across trail running, road running, and track and field. This past weekend saw the running of the Leadville Trail Marathon, Grandma’s Marathon and Half Marathon, Broken Arrow Sky Race, and a Diamond League meet in Oslo, Norway. The elite women at these events set new personal bests, achieved results they themselves did not think were possible, and one even ran in the finisher’s chute with her dog.

Women’s Running News from the Weekend

Leadville Trail Marathon

Hailing from Boulder, Colorado, 31-year-old Ellie Pell won the Leadville Trail Marathon in high-altitude Leadville, Colorado, facing freezing temperatures and some snow—not to mention nearly 6,000 feet of elevation gain and loss—on her way to the finish line. The marathoner and ultrarunner crossed the finish line in 4:02 initially thinking she wouldn’t even start the race. “Leadville reminded me how to shut off my brain and just run,” Pell says. “[The win] was an unexpected result based on the extreme fatigue I experienced the week before the race… I didn’t even run in the week leading up to the race and even considered walking out of the starting corral before the gun went off.” Pell went on to say that “Leadville was the race I needed to start building back the mentality I need to continue to do ultramarathons.”

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Ellie Pell crosses the finish line in the Leadville Trail Marathon 2023, a day when the elements delivered challenging race conditions. (Photo: Courtesy Leadville Marathon and Heavy Half/Life Time)

Broken Arrow Skyrace

The Broken Arrow Skyrace is a self-proclaimed “European-inspired, technical, HARD style of trail running” that takes place at Palisades Tahoe resort in Olympic Valley, California. Allie McLaughlin, 32, of Colorado Springs took the women’s win in the 23K race—which doubled as a World Mountain Running Association World Cup event—in 1:51:46, traversing 4,700 feet of vertical gain in the process. McLaughlin, known for her vibrant personality, entered the finish chute with her beloved dog, Harley, and they crossed the finish line together. Other winners included Anna Gibson taking the Vertical K race just a week after finishing her collegiate track career at the University of Washington, and Helen Mino Faukner taking top honors in the 46K race.


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Grandma’s Marathon

Over the river and through the course, to grandmother’s finish line we go! Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, Minnesota is the only marathon (that we know of) where a person cosplaying a grandma greets you at the finish line. Flagstaff, Arizona-based Lauren Hagans of the Hoka NAZ Elite team clinched the win in a U.S. Olympic Trials-qualifying time of 2:25:55, making the 36-year-old’s marathon debut the fourth-fastest U.S. debut of all time. “It meant so much to me to win Grandma’s Marathon and this has opened up a whole new arena of distance running that I’m excited to explore,” Hagans says. “I also proved to myself that I can do very hard things when I believe in myself.” Additionally, Boulder, Colorado-based Maggie Montoya, 28, of the Roots Running Project broke the Grandma’s Marathon race weekend Gary Bjorklund half marathon course record of 1:09:46 previously set by Kara Goucher in 2010. Montoya ran a 1:09:26 to claim the new women’s course record. “I had a blast in the half marathon, which was a distance I had struggled with a bit in the last few years,” Montoya says. “I went out hard and didn’t look back. I made myself comfortable with being uncomfortable. I was ecstatic to hear I’d broken Kara’s record when I finished the race!”


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World Athletics Championships and More News

  • USATF announced its women’s marathon team selections for the 2023 World Athletic Championships on August 26 in Budapest. The three-woman crew is headlined by former American marathon record holder Keira D’Amato, 38, of Oakton, Virginia, who was eighth in last year’s world championship marathon in 2:23:34, and also includes Susanna Sullivan, 33, of Reston, Virginia, and Lindsay Flanagan, 32, of Boulder, Colorado. Sullivan finished 10th at the 2023 London Marathon with a lifetime best of 2:24:27, and Flanagan finished sixth at the 2023 Tokyo Marathon and holds a lifetime best of 2:24:43 from the 2022 Gold Coast Marathon.
  • Americans Cory McGee, 31, of Boulder, Colorado, and Nikki Hiltz, 28, of Flagstaff, Arizona, achieved the third- and fourth-fastest women’s outdoor mile times in U.S. history, respectively, at the Diamond League meet in Oslo, Norway. McGee ran a 4:18:11 after a tough start to her 2023 season with two indoor mile DNFs earlier this year. Hiltz ran a 4:18:38, besting their 4:22:07 outdoor mile result from the 2023 Fast5000 in France earlier this year.

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The summer season is only just getting started! Check out what’s happening this weekend:

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