The women’s-only half marathon record dropped to 66:11 this weekend at the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in Spain. Ethiopia’s Netsanet Gudeta defeated race favorite, Joyciline Jepkosgei (Kenya), by 43 seconds. Jepkosgei holds the mixed-gender women’s WR of 64:51 but was dropped by Gudeta around mile 8.5.
“For sure the coolest race I’ve run yet and a big honor to wear the USA in a world-class field,” Becky posted on Instagram. She’s racing the London Marathon in four weeks.
On the topic of world championships, the USATF Mountain, Ultra, Trail Council announced the team for the 2018 Trail World Championships to be held May 12 in Spain. A huge congrats to Danielle Filipek, Clare Gallagher, Sabrina Little, Kaytlyn Gerbin, Amy Leedham and Sarah Pizzo for their selection to the team! The technical 50 mile course goes from sea level in Castellón to Sant Joan de Penyagolosa mountain, about a mile above sea level. In total, the course has about 3 miles of ascent and 2.3 miles of descent. Yeowch. The team consists of six women and six men; the top three in each gender will score for the U.S. Find more details and bios in this great article from the American Trail Running Association.
Rock ’n’ Roll Dallas ran under warm and humid conditions because, well, Texas. Sarah Crouch won by almost 2 minutes with a time of 79:07. Caitlin Keen was second in 80:50 and Kristin Garcia third in 85:42.
Your read of the week: new site Tempo Journal profiled six women shaping running culture internationally, none of whom were on my radar before.
Speaking of women under the radar — you might’ve noticed I like to link to the social media profiles of the women I mention in these roundups. I love being able to follow them — I get inspired by them but also love an opportunity to show my support.
For this week’s roundtable, who do you love following on social media? Who should we be following but aren’t? Mine: Esther Atkins. Lots of reasons why — she’s motivating and positive; just completed a crazy amazing home reno project; has a cute dog; and she lives not too far from me and trains in similarly crazy weather conditions. Find her on Insta!
Don’t miss any of the Salty Running #MarchMadness contests this week happening only on Twitter (@SaltyRunning). Today’s bracket run-off is between Baystate Marathon, Garmin Marathon, Columbus Marathon, and the Ottawa Marathon (what can we say, y’all must like marathons). Vote for your choice for best race on Twitter today. Voting is open for just 24 hours.