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No rest for the weary

August 26, 2016 - Morgan Ryan
Fresh off her historic gold medal in the Olympic triathlon in Rio, Gwen Jorgensen is moving on to her next challenge. The former corporate tax accountant who has dominated women’s triathlon for the last few years announced earlier this week that she will run in the New York City Marathon on Nov. 6. She plans to start training for the marathon right after the ITU World Championships in Cozumel, Mexico in September.

Sounds like she is taking this race pretty seriously too, even though she has never raced at the distance. Something tells me that she will figure out a way to adjust her training for a good result in New York. Her running is a big part of the reason she has been able to do so well in triathlon.

Kind of makes you wonder if she might move into 140.6 Ironmans some day.

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Here is the Associated Press story from Wednesday:

NEW YORK (AP) — Olympic triathlon gold medalist Gwen Jorgensen will run her first marathon in November in New York.

On Saturday, the 30-year-old Jorgensen became the first American to win the Olympic triathlon title when she crossed the finish line first in Rio de Janeiro. Four days later, she announced that she'll run the New York City Marathon on Nov. 6.

Jorgensen said in a news release Wednesday: "This has been such an incredible year for me, and I thought what better way to continue to challenge myself than by running my first marathon. The triathlon will always be my first love, but I am really looking forward to the marathon."

As a college runner at Wisconsin, Jorgensen was the 2009 Big Ten Conference track champion in the 3,000 and 5,000 meters. She twice qualified for the NCAA meet in cross country.

The run in an Olympic triathlon is 10 kilometers; a marathon is just over 42K.

 
 

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