Late last week the Letsrun boards were abuzz with a thread simply titled, “This Chick Refers To Herself As Elite??” It piqued my interest because it resurrected the age-old question of what defines elite, featured the usual troll chatter, and even had the chick’s husband cracking jokes on page 4. The chick in question is 25 year-old newlywed Emma Polley (née Kertesz), the University of Toledo phenom and former member of the Hansons-Brooks ODP.
After checking out Emma’s blog, we were convinced that Emma is no ordinary chick. Besides her many running accomplishments like being an NCAA All American, a 4-time MAC Champion, a member of Team USA at the 2012 Chiba Ekiden World Relay Competition, and a 2016 Olympic Trials qualifier, Emma is smart, funny, and pretty badass. Naturally, we had to talk to her!
When I emailed her and asked her if she’d like to talk to us about running, life, and the LetsRun thread about her, she enthusiastically agreed! She was well aware of the shenanigans on LetsRun, calling the thread about her “quite the cesspool of insensitive comments.” However, she, like us, is all about women championing other women (think power of the pack) and sticking it to loser internet trolls; something we can all get behind!
So, instead of talking about someone you don’t know on an anonymous thread, we went straight to the source to get to know this elite-in-many-ways chick. Read more >>