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Marla Runyan: Why she kicks ass
She is an American track and field athlete, road runner and marathon runner.
She is the 3 time national champion in the women’s 5000 meters.
During her university years she began competing in several sporting events: the heptathlon, 200-meter dash, high jump, shot put, 100-meter hurdles, long jump, javelin throw and the 800-meter run. In 1994 she received her master’s degree.
who is legally blind. She is a three-time national champion in the women’s 5000 metres.
Runyan won four gold medals at the 1992 Summer Paralympics in the long jump and the 100, 200, and 400 meter races. She also competed in cycling at those games.
She attempted to qualify for the “Able Bodied” Olympics at the 1996 U. S. Olympic Trials, finishing 10th in the Heptathlon. While failing to qualify, she ran the 800 meters in 2:04.70, the Heptathlon record.
At the 1996 Paralympics in Atlanta, she took silver in the shot put and gold in the pentathlon.
Her career as a world-class runner in able-bodied events began in 1999 at the Pan American Games, where she won the 1,500-meter race.
She placed eighth in the 1,500-meter in the 2000 Sydney Olympics, making her the first legally blind athlete to compete in the Olympics and the highest finish by an American woman in that event. She finished seventh in her preliminary heat and sixth in the semi finals to qualify for the finals. During the final race, in which she placed 8th (3.2 seconds behind the gold medalist), Marla lost track of the major competitors as a result of Stargardt disease (this condition means she has a limited ability to see what is in front of her).
She released her autobiography "No Finish Line: My Life As I See It" in 2001.
She finished as the top American at the 2002 New York Marathon with a time of 2 hours, 27 minutes and 10 seconds to post the second-fastest debut time ever by an American woman.
She won the road 5K in 2003 and qualified for the 2004 Summer Olympic Games by finishing second in the United States Olympic Trials (track and field).
In 2006 she won her second National Championship at 20 km.
She was the USATF "Runner of the Year" in 2002 and 2006.
Runyan currently holds the Paralympic World Records in the B3 division in the 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, High Jump, Long Jump and Pentathlon. She is a five time gold medallist at the paralympic games.

Marla Runyan: Why she kicks ass

  • She is an American track and field athlete, road runner and marathon runner.
  • She is the 3 time national champion in the women’s 5000 meters.
  • During her university years she began competing in several sporting events: the heptathlon, 200-meter dash, high jump, shot put, 100-meter hurdles, long jump, javelin throw and the 800-meter run. In 1994 she received her master’s degree.
  • who is legally blind. She is a three-time national champion in the women’s 5000 metres.
  • Runyan won four gold medals at the 1992 Summer Paralympics in the long jump and the 100, 200, and 400 meter races. She also competed in cycling at those games.
  • She attempted to qualify for the “Able Bodied” Olympics at the 1996 U. S. Olympic Trials, finishing 10th in the Heptathlon. While failing to qualify, she ran the 800 meters in 2:04.70, the Heptathlon record.
  • At the 1996 Paralympics in Atlanta, she took silver in the shot put and gold in the pentathlon.
  • Her career as a world-class runner in able-bodied events began in 1999 at the Pan American Games, where she won the 1,500-meter race.
  • She placed eighth in the 1,500-meter in the 2000 Sydney Olympics, making her the first legally blind athlete to compete in the Olympics and the highest finish by an American woman in that event. She finished seventh in her preliminary heat and sixth in the semi finals to qualify for the finals. During the final race, in which she placed 8th (3.2 seconds behind the gold medalist), Marla lost track of the major competitors as a result of Stargardt disease (this condition means she has a limited ability to see what is in front of her).
  • She released her autobiography "No Finish Line: My Life As I See It" in 2001.
  • She finished as the top American at the 2002 New York Marathon with a time of 2 hours, 27 minutes and 10 seconds to post the second-fastest debut time ever by an American woman.
  • She won the road 5K in 2003 and qualified for the 2004 Summer Olympic Games by finishing second in the United States Olympic Trials (track and field).
  • In 2006 she won her second National Championship at 20 km.
  • She was the USATF "Runner of the Year" in 2002 and 2006.
  • Runyan currently holds the Paralympic World Records in the B3 division in the 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, High Jump, Long Jump and Pentathlon. She is a five time gold medallist at the paralympic games.
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    I thought I saw her name before so I looked it up and found out she’s an SDSU alumni.
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