Arroyo Grande native and Mission Prep alum, Jordan Hasay is dominating the running world. On the Central Coast, fans and supporters have witnessed the running sensation snag 18 All-American honors, then go on to win two individual NCAA titles at the University of Oregon. The Central Coast also cheered her on at the 2008 and 2016 Olympic trials.
In April of 2017, Hasay made national headlines at the Boston Marathon. She placed third with a time of 2:23:00, setting the fastest marathon debut by an American woman.
Six months later, she set foot in her second marathon, the Chicago Marathon, and once again set another record.
With a third-place finish, Hasay became the fastest American woman to finish the race with a time of 2:20:57. She also broke her personal record by two minutes.
Certainly, the success comes from training and dedication, but what makes it remarkable is to see Hasay become of one of the greatest runners in the world while dominating the marathon.
Her Boston Marathon debut came only a few months after learning her mother unexpectedly passed away. Six months after her debut, a successful Chicago Marathon that Hasay says, her mom was still with her every step of the way.
"I really don't know how I went through those few months, I think it was just focusing on Boston," Hasay said. "I was almost a little bit worried coming into Chicago. I had to do a lot of mental reflection. Again, really the community and the support has carried me through as well as my family. I wanted to do well in this race and say, 'It's okay, you can go through ups and downs in life and you can't let tragedy define you though and keep pushing through'... And I wanted to show that it's possible."
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