Jordan Hasay, 25, placed third and ran the fastest American women’s marathon debut with 2:23:00. The previous record was held by Kara Goucher, who ran 2:25:53 at the New York City Marathon in 2008.
After the race, an emotional Jordan Hasay dedicated this race to her mom, Teresa, who passed away unexpectedly last year at age 56.
“I know she (my mom) was out there running with me the whole time. She was the one who said I could be a great marathoner. She used to call me ‘Paula’ (after Paula Radcliffe, the marathon world record holder).” Hasay said she kept telling herself “Good job Paula, good job Paula,” during today’s race, and Jordan wore Teresa’s engagement ring on her left hand. She grabbed all of her bottles from the left side of the road, so whenever she reached out with that hand, she got another reminder.