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Nikki Hiltz: “I don’t think my breakthrough season was coincidental”

It wasn’t until she came out to her family in 2016 that Nikki Hiltz, now 25, started running at the level she knew she could. As a junior at the University of Arkansas at the time, she entered her senior year without any heavy secrets left to slow her down. “When I decided to be […]

Des Linden: “When it Means This Much It’s Easy to Keep Showing Up”

Her arms were stretched wide. Her running jacket was drenched. Des Linden’s expression seemed equal parts “I’m so glad that’s over!” and “Is this really happening?” Hollywood couldn’t have scripted it better. Our country’s running drought had finally ended, amid Mother Nature’s worst: On April 16, 2018, Linden became the first American woman to win […]

Emma Coburn: “I Feel Like I’m Ready For Anything”

When the IAAF announced in November that it would be cutting five events from the Diamond League schedule in 2020—one of which is the steeplechase—Emma Coburn, the 2019 world championship silver medalist and 2016 Olympic bronze medalist, was quick to voice her disappointment. “It’s been my event for 12 years and I have given a […]

Meet the 2020 Power Women of the Year Honorees

We’re starting a new tradition at Women’s Running: We’re kicking off 2020 by announcing our Power Women of the Year. These women are game changers, rule breakers, and trailblazers. They are ones to watch, ones to cheer for, and ones to be inspired by in this upcoming year. The feature appears in our January/February 2020 print issue, […]

Molly Huddle is ‘Keeping Track’ of Women in Sport

Molly Huddle is busy. She’s a two-time Olympian in the 5,000 meters and 10,000 meters and American Record holder in the 10,000 meters and half marathon. She’s a 28-time national champion who’s out to make her third Olympic team in 2020. But she had been thinking about starting a podcast for awhile. Knowing her schedule […]

Tianna Bartoletta Shares How Writing Has Helped Her Heal

She is a three-time gold medalist. A three-time world champion. But long jumper and sprinter Tianna Bartoletta, 34, has stood on the world’s most prestigious podiums also as a survivor of an abusive marriage, homelessness, and suicidal thoughts. It wasn’t until the 2017 world championships in London, with a bronze medal hanging from her neck, […]

Sydney McLaughlin on Taking Her Career Into Her Own Hands

She’s a once-in-a-generation talent, making her first Olympics in 2016 at age 16. And although it’s hard to believe that hurdler Sydney McLaughlin will be going for her second Games at just 20 years old, she’s matured in countless ways in the past four years. After a year at the University of Kentucky, McLaughlin decided […]

Mary Cain on Making Sure the Next Generation is in Safer Hands

She shocked the running world in 2019 when she came forward with her story of emotional abuse at the hands of her former coach Alberto Salazar. Mary Cain was a 17-year-old phenom when she left her parents’ Bronxville, New York, home to train with the Oregon Project. She came home 10 months later, broken and […]

11 Power Women to Watch in 2020

These profiles were first published in the January/February 2020 print issue of Women’s Running as part of “Front Runners: 20 Power Women of 2020,” which celebrates 20 elite female runners who are giving power new meaning, and a new image. You can see the full list of honorees here. Scout Bassett  At 18 months old, Scout Bassett’s birth […]