Hot off her gold medal in Rio, American triathlon star Gwen Jorgensen has announced she’ll be running in the pro field at this year’s New York City Marathon.
The 30-year-old got her start in triathlon after running track and cross-country in college in her native Wisconsin, where she clocked personal bests of 15:52 for 5,000m and 33:38 for the 10,000m. She’s currently the fastest runner on the ITU circuit, known for her signature surge moves she puts into the effect the final kilometres of the run to crush her competitors.
In an interview with CNBC, Jorgensen announced that to cap off a stellar year she’ll race the ITU Grand Final in Cozumel on September 11th as the defending world champion and then she’ll tackle the marathon in later fall.
“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,” said Jorgensen. “The triathlon will always be my first love, but I am really looking forward to the marathon and cannot think of a better place to make my debut than New York City.”
According to FloTrack, Jorgensen is predicted to run around a 2:30 marathon in her debut. This will put her in around the finishing times of USA’s best female marathoners, but she’ll be up against a tough international field.