WOMEN RUNNERS ARE PUSHING THE BOUNDARIES
Women athletes have never had a better moment to let their performances speak loud and their words to resonate further. In 2020 we welcome our role at JackRabbit to make a difference in media coverage of women's athletic performances by sharing their races and their stories.
40% of all athletes are women, but women's sport only receives 4% of media coverage and we can all play a role in championing women athletes. To celebrate International Women's Day, we invite you to meet five talented female runners doing what they do best, lacing up, racing and inspiring others by the paths they have taken.
COURTNEY DAULWATER: THE ULTRA RUNNER
Courntey Daulwater battled for two days and 205 miles around Lake Tahoe to an overall victory in the Tahoe 2018. She took on lack of sleep, misadventures and a relentless competitor hunting her down. What can happen in 205 miles? Quite a lot of things apparently.
To quote Courtney, 'You can learn a lot about yourself when a race goes well, but you can learn even more when it all goes sideways.' Watch this coverage of the race to be inspired by her journey courtesy of Salomon TV.
ASHLEY STINSON: THE BALANCED RUNNER
Running is about balance for teacher Ashley Stinson. The mantra she lives by is you can be successful in running and in other areas of life at the same time. She uses the mental space of running to give herself confidence when she lines up alongside professional athletes as well as her journey through life and what she gives back to the students she teaches.
Watch her stride out on the track courtesy of Saucony Running.
AMANDA BASHAM: THE ULTRA RUNNER
Running is freeing for Altra athlete Amanda Basham. Running is forward progress – a metaphor for both sport and life. Having battled an eating disorder, running has been part of her journey against negativity. She loves the stories from the trail running community and the camaraderie from those she races with.
Watch Amanda's journey and learn why she has a tattoo bearing the motto 'Relentless Forward Progress.'
SAMANTHA CHAN: PIONEERING RUNNER
Samantha Chan has been a pioneer amonst female Asian ultra runners. A Hong Kong native, she was told that girls don't run. But she kept running anyway. Running has allowed her to see the world and open up her eyes to the possibilities for all female athletes. Running, as she says 'has brought me happiness and brought me freedom.'
Thanks to HOKA for honoring her story.
HILLARY ALLEN: THE ULTRA RUNNING COMEBACK
Ultra runner Hillary Allen suffered a near fatal injury when she fell 150 feet off a ridge at the Tromso Skyrace in Norway in 2017. She broke vertabrae, ribs, and tore ligaments. Battered, she took on the long and painful road to recovery not knowing if she would ever run again. In 2019 Hillary returned to Norway to race again to gain closure on the journey she was forced to endure.
After the day was done, Hillary commented, “There’s a peace that comes when facing your fears, and now, after facing mine, I can celebrate closing this loop and appreciate how beautiful the journey is.”