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Rice marathon record earns her USATF Athlete of the Week


Jeannie Rice (Concord, Ohio) demolished the U.S. women’s 70-74 age group marathon record to earn USATF Athlete of the Week.

Rice, 70, ran 3:27:50 at the Chicago Marathon to knock almost 20 minutes off the existing age group record of 3:46:18, set in 2005 by Ginette Bedard. She also set records at 20K, half marathon, 25K and 30K en route, and bettered the listed world women’s 70-74 masters marathon record of 3:35:29.

Other notable performances from the weekend:


Sara Hall — Hall outlasted Molly Huddle to win the women’s USATF 10 Mile Championships in Minneapolis for the second year in a row, edging Huddle by one second in 52:47 for her second consecutive Circuit win.

Shadrack Kipchirchir — Kipchirchir pulled away over the final quarter-mile to win the men’s USATF 10 Mile Championships by three seconds in 46:32 for his first USATF Running Circuit victory of the season.

Zach Ornelas — Ornelas was dominant in winning the USATF 50 Mile Road Championship in Boalsburg, Pennsylvania, running 5:55:13 to top the rest of the field by more than 40 minutes.

Keely Henninger — Henninger was the top female finisher by more than 90 minutes at the USATF 50 Mile Road Championships, placing second overall in 6:37:14.

Galen Rupp — Rupp was the first American finisher at the Chicago Marathon, running 2:06:21 to take fifth with the sixth-fastest time in U.S history.

Tierney Wolfgram — Wolfgram, 15, finished sixth in the Twin Cities Marathon in 2:40:03 in her debut at the distance.

Rob Robertson Robertson, 55, walked 100 miles in 23:23:46 at Auckland, New Zealand, earning his sixth centurion award, a feat achieved by only four other men in history.


Now in its 17th year, USATF’s Athlete of the Week program is designed to recognize outstanding performers at all levels of the sport. USATF names a new honoree each week and features the athlete on Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.

2018 Winners: January 4, Brian Herron; January 11, Katelyn Tuohy; January 18, Molly Huddle; January 25, Christian Coleman; February 1, Sonja Friend-Uhl; February 8, Emily Infeld; February 15, Kendra Harrison; February 22, Christian Coleman; March 1, Sydney McLaughlin; March 8, Courtney Okolo; March 15, Da’mira Allen; March 22, Lesley Hinz; March 29, Caitlin Collier; April 4, Sydney McLaughlin; April 11, Maria Michta-Coffey; April 18, Desiree Linden; April 25, Twanisha Terry; May 3, Jenny Simpson; May 10, Galen Rupp; May 17, Tori Franklin; May 24, Robyn Stevens; May 31, Ryan Crouser; June 6, DeAnna Price; June 13, Michael Norman; June 20, Alyssa Wilson; June 27, Shelby Houlihan; July 5, Neil Howard III; July 11, Bernard Lagat; July 18, Eric Harrison Jr.; July 25, Courtney Frerichs; August 3, Sianni Wynn; August 8, Lopez Lomong; August 15, Taylor Ewert; August 23, David Angell; August 30, Ronnie Baker; September 6, Christian Coleman; September 13, DeAnna Price; September 20, Charles Allie; September 27, Katelyn Tuohy; October 3, Sonja Friend-Uhl; October 10, Jeannie Rice.

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