Monday Morning Motivation: Rachael Arends

Rear view of a runner sprinting towards a finish line tape.

Today’s motivation comes courtesy of American runner Rachael Arends.

Female victories in mixed gender events remain rare and are usually limited to extreme endurance events.

In 2004 Nature predicted that women would beat men at 100m by 2156. However, the prediction was based on the fact that women’s race times were improving more rapidly than men’s. This was probably down to the restrictions that society had placed on women until relatively recently.

In October 2018, Rachael Arends (aka Rachael Powell) bucked the trend and took first place overall at the Onward Shay! Boise Marathon. The 38-year-old woman won in 3:13:54, over a minute ahead of the second placed (male) runner.

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