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Top Female Marathoner Racing In Napa This Weekend

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Mar. 2, 2011
Magdalena Lewy Boulet is running the first 20 miles of the Napa Valley Marathon. Photo: PhotoRun.net

Magdalena Lewy Boulet is running the first 20 miles of the Napa Valley Marathon. Photo: PhotoRun.net

She’s actually just treating it like a “workout”.

The race director of the Kaiser Permanente Napa Valley Marathon, Dave Hill, received a bit of a surprise when he checked his email late last week. In his inbox was a message from Magdalena Lewy Boulet, the #1-ranked female U.S. marathoner.

She wrote him, asking for his permission to take part in his race. “I have a 20-mile marathon pace workout (a race simulation) and I would love to do it as part of your race.” she penned. “Would you let me and my training partner accomplish our workout on your course in a race situation?”

Hill said “yes.”

The American Olympian hopes to run 5:35 per mile in the race and drop out after 20 miles.

“David Hill was very supportive. I’m very appreciative that he’s allowing me to do that,” Boulet said. In her email to Hill, she noted she is conducting the workout in an effort to prepare for the World Cross-Country Championships this month as well as the Virgin London Marathon next month.

For More: Napa Valley Register

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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