When Joan Benoit Samuelson ran the Chicago marathon in 1985, she set a blistering time of 2:21:21, an American record that stood until 2003.
When Joan Benoit Samuelson ran the Chicago marathon this past weekend, she finished with a time of 2:47:50, a new American record in the women’s 50-54 age group. Perhaps even more impressive, her time was just a minute forty-seven off the 2012 Olympic Marathon trials qualifying time of 2:46:00.
“I’m very pleased with my race today, given the conditions and the pressure I put on myself,” she told Runner's World. “Did I think I was going to be back here running competitively, trying to get an Olympic marathon trials qualifying time 25 years later? Heck no. But it’s the passion that still burns, the challenge to see how fast I can go.”