In a world where sports have typically been dominated by male competitors, women are consistently breaking barriers. In just the last year, Courtney Duwaulter finished 1st overall in the Moab 240 by over 10 hours, Chloe Kim became the youngest female athlete to take home an Olympic snowboarding medal, and Shalane Flanagan crossed the Boston Marathon finish line before any other woman or man. While these women are making major headlines, women everywhere are pushing their limits to change the game. In honor of International Women’s Day, we’d like to introduce you to some of the most influential women we know who continue to raise the bar in the running community.
Rory Bosio is a part-time ultrarunner, part-time Pediatric ICU nurse, and full-time goof ball residing in Lake Tahoe, California. She was the 2nd female and 21st overall in the 2012 Western States 100. One of her most recent accomplishments was completing the GR 20, a 180 km trail with 48,000 ft of elevation gain on the Mediterranean island of Corsica, in 50 hours. Rory’s life goal is to spend as much time in the mountains as possible, whether it be on foot, skis, bike, or a yoga mat.
“In my world, every day is Women’s Day. Between my friends, family, mentors, and coworkers, I am surrounded by fantastic, inspiring women who push me to be a better human on a continual basis. I am happy to be a woman and wouldn’t change it, even for all the advantages that come with being a man. We women contain multitudes and our ability to affect change and create a better world for all people is what makes me proud to call myself a girl. This past year has been so exciting to see the culture at large shifting to a more female-centric and female-friendly environment. I say, bring it on! Cheers to all the Women today. Party time! Onwards and upwards for all of us!” -Rory
Jennifer Kyle is a half and full marathon runner from Marin County, California. As a casual runner through college, Jennifer didn’t begin racing until October 2014 when she ran the Nike Women’s Half Marathon. She was hooked immediately and is now training to become an Abbott Six Star Finisher (running all six major marathons). So far, she has completed Boston and Chicago and will be traveling to Germany to run the Berlin Marathon this year.
“Women’s Day is great opportunity to celebrate how far we’ve come in culture, as well as the way women lift each other up in our culture now. Let’s be real – every day is day women’s day when we are doing that for each other. Because really, who runs the world?“ -Jennifer
Sherry Traher is a wife, mother of 4, and ultrarunner residing in Ogden, Utah. Sherry is the strong, badass, and crazy woman behind the Instagram account @crazy_mother_runners. Most of Sherry’s runs are the 5:00 am kind of runs with her other crazy mother friends trekking to the tops of peaks while the whole valley is still sleeping. She also teaches fitness classes at her local gym, and she nevers misses a class even the day after an ultra.
“International Women’s Day is all about unity, celebration, reflection, advocacy, and action. I’m in awe of the women who have paved the way for us today. These role models have worked hard to bring equality to women’s roles in politics, business, life at home, and in sports. This passion is still needed and continuing today. I embrace my femininity. It’s a very powerful attribute. Women can embrace it and work together to unite and bring acceptance to one another, or they can tear each other down with jealousy from comparison. I hope today, we can remember we’re all striving to be our true selves and better the world we’re building for our children. On International Women’s Day, I’m extra grateful to be a woman.” -Sherry
Jessica Hadley is a 34 year old mother of two with a full-time career as a high-level manager in an industry still dominated by men. But that doesn’t hold her back from relentless marathon training. This proud Michigander began running as an outlet for everyday life. It didn’t take long before running became a passion and a way of life for Jessica. Running has pushed Jessica to become a better mom and a stronger, healthier woman. Her 4:00 am runs allow her to clear her head, set intentions, and prepare to conquer each day.
“Trying to be a man is a waste of a good woman. It took me a long time to realize that I needed to stop trying to be like them in order to get to the top. Being a strong woman and fighting for what I want in life is how I’ve been successful. We do it all. We work, have kids, and somehow find time to train for marathons – women are relentless and powerful! Today is a great day to remind yourself how strong you are.” -Jessica
Rebbeca Beisner is a wife, mother of 2, fitness motivator, and amateur marathon runner all in one. As a “weekend warrior” Rebecca still finds the time to train and lift aside from her busy lifestyle. She’s even been kicking around the idea of becoming a bodybuilder. Running is her solace, her time to reflect, breathe, and just be. The “in between” is her favorite time to run; when she can see the sun and moon at the same time.