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Meet the 2020 Power Women of the Year Honorees

These 20 women are the game changers, rule breakers, and trailblazers for the next year in running.

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, and celebrates 20 elite female runners who are giving power new meaning, and a new image. Women who are showing that power is pushing yourself to perform at the highest level, but doing it for more than your ego. That it’s owning who you are—the good and the flawed, the big dreams and stumbling blocks.

As Molly Huddle said during our interview for this story: “These women are not superheroes day to day, but they eventually do amazing things by whatever process they have. Showing that—that they have good days, bad days, struggles, everything—I think that’s important.”

These 20 power women are strong, outspoken, and blazing a trail for those who come after them. They are not only chasing their best, but helping to bring other women along with them. And as we begin a year with a lot on the line—from Olympics to elections—we can’t wait to see how their passion and power translate into smashing records and changing the world.

Meet the 2020 Power Women of the Year

Click on the links below to get to know these remarkable women. (And stay tuned for even more coverage of them—along with many other powerful women in the sport—throughout the year.) 

Allyson Felix

Allyson Felix Power Women of the Year

Tianna Bartoletta

Tianna Bartoletta Power Women of the Year

Scout Bassett

Scout Bassett Power Women of the Year

Stephanie Bruce

Stephanie Bruce Power Women of the Year

Mary Cain

Mary Cain Power Women of the Year

Emma Coburn

Emma Coburn Power Women of the Year

Clare Gallagher

Clare Gallagher Power Women of the Year

Sara Hall

Sara Hall Power Women of the Year

Nikki Hiltz

Nikki Hiltz Power Women of the Year

Shelby Houlihan

Shelby Houlihan Power Women of the Year

Molly Huddle

Molly Huddle Power Women of the Year

Desiree Linden

Desiree Linden Power Women of the Year

Sydney McLaughlin

Sydney Mclaughlin Power Women of the Year

Allie Ostrander

Allie Ostrander Power Women of the Year

Caster Semenya

Caster Semenya Power Women of the Year

Jenny Simpson

Jenny Simpson Power Women of the Year

Emily Sisson

Emily Sisson Power Women of the Year

Kellyn Taylor

Kellyn Taylor Power Women of the Year

Aliphine Tuliamuk

Aliphine Tuliamuk Power Women of the Year

Ajee’ Wilson

Ajee Wilson Power Women of the Year