No one caught Shalane Flanagan—no one even came close! On November 5th, professional runner Shalane Flanagan made history by being the first American woman in forty years to win the New York City Marathon. One of the six marathons that make up the World Marathon Majors (a series of races that both professional and amateur runners strive to complete), the New York City Marathon is one the most popular and largest of the races—a record 51,394 people finished the race last year!
After a third place finish at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, a disappointing sixth place finish at the 2016 Rio Olympics, and an injury that kept her from competing in the Boston Marathon earlier this year, Ms. Flanagan’s 26.2 mile run to victory at the New York City Marathon was a test of strength and endurance. After the marathon, Ms. Flanagan was asked what this race meant to her. She said, “This means a lot to me, to my family, and hopefully inspires the next generation of American women to just be patient.” Congratulations, Ms. Flanagan!