On Saturday, September 14, Crawford competed in and took first place in the Big Cottonwood Marathon. She completed the 26.2 mile course in 2 hours, 46 minutes and 29 seconds.
But her victory and incredible time, which was just ticks from a pace worthy of Olympic qualifying, was no fluke. Crawford, a distance runner most of her life, beat everyone in the field of 4,000 competitors--including the men, as she won the overall event..
The Midway mother of two competes in several marathons a year--or as many as she can, she explained.
“It’s really about the timing... when you choose an event to run in. You have to be selective when it comes to training time and after you figure in your regular life schedule.”
From her first marathon in 2009 where she ran a 3:26, Crawford was looking to continue to shave time off her personal best and reach the huge benchmark of 2:50. Mission accomplished.
The Big Cottonwood Marathon was the 12th event Crawford has competed in and she has no plans of stopping anytime soon.
Next up for Crawford is the Boston Marathon. She has run in arguably the world’s greatest marathon four times and looks to better her personal best, if not reach 2:43, the new Olympic Trials qualifying standard, in her fifth.