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Jordan Hasay pays tribute to her late mother after setting marathon record

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Arroyo Grande native and Mission Prep alum, Jordan Hasay is used to being the spotlight. She's been achieving huge accomplishments across her entire running career. 

This week, she reached a new high. Hasay ran her first-ever marathon and after 26.2 miles, she became a record holder.

The 25-year-old began breaking records in high school. Hasay broke the national record in the 1500 meters and was the second freshman female in history to win the Footlocker National Championship.

You could say, it was the beginning of her running career. 

In 2006, Jordan Hasay interviewed with KSBY and described her racing experience. "It's really exciting. It's a great experience. You're there for four days with all these great athletes. There just happens to be a face," said Hasay.

Fast forward to now, it's the same conversation except she's added to her list of accolades. In college, Hasay became a two-time NCAA champion. After graduating, she signed with Nike and the Oregon Project. She's been on magazine covers, including May's issue of Runner's World. 

On Monday morning of the 2017 Boston Marathon, she hit a new pinnacle. Hasay finished third in the women's and broke the record for the fastest debut ever for an American woman.

"I was so happy and relieved. It's been a big build up and an emotional year for myself and my family," said Hasay.

Hasay unexpectedly lost her mother, Teresa six month ago who was a big inspiration to Hasay's running career. "She was my number one fan," said Hasay. "My number one support and my best friend. I thought I don't know if my running can be successful really without her."

Hasay says her mother was running with her every step of the way. Hasay recently started wearing her mother's engagement ring and credits the ring in motivating and helping her grab water bottles during the race. It was a process of the marathon Hasay was feeling nervous about.

"I was already nervous about the fluid stations and when I saw that we had to grab with our left, I said, 'Okay Mom, I'll be needing some help out there'."

Hasay says she will spend the next month with her family as she recovers and enjoy the memories all inspired by her mother.

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