San Luis Obispo, California hosts inaugural marathon, half-marathon & 5K on April 22, 2012
A sold-out field of more than 8,000 enjoyed the 34th edition in San Diego.
It turns out politics may be harder than winning Olympic medals for the 50-year-old former track star.
One of the world's toughest races is comprised of a a tight-knit community of runners and support crew.
She is only 20 years old and needs to win races to support her family.
She also beat the second-place finisher by nearly three minutes.
He had finished second in the past two years.
They were awarded with special pins by the National Parks Service.
All 50 U.S. states and 14 foreign countries will be represented.
The community rallied to put together a first-class application.