Olympic Triathlon champion Gwen Jorgensen makes debut at NYC Marathon 2016
Olympic Triathlon champion Gwen Jorgensen scored the biggest triathlon win of her career and decided to make her debut at the New York City Marathon finishing in 2:41:01 for a respectable 14th place.
Jorgensen is used to racing short distances for triathlon which consists of a 1.5K swim, a 40K bike ride and a 10K run. She is one of the best runners on the international triathlon circuit and has regularly run 10Ks in in the 33-minute range, but running 42km in a marathon requires different training.
“I think next time I would do some longer runs and run some more miles leading up to the race. If I were to run that race again, I wouldn’t do anything different. It was super fun every step of the way. There were people calling out my name the entire way, and that was really great,” said Jorgensen.
Another triathlete, Sean Astin, an actor best known for his role as Samwise Gamgee in the “Lord of the Rings” series also finished his 13th marathon at the NYC Marathon in 6:02:33. Other celebrity athletes spotted were Marion Bartoli – 2013 Wimbledon Champion, fashion designer, artist, learner, fighter who finished in 5:40:04.