Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Amy Cragg Turns Jeptoo Ban Into a Positive

Amy Cragg has a knack for turning what could be a negative into a positive. For example, finishing fourth in the 2012 Olympic Marathon Trials motivated her to redouble her efforts on the track, resulting in winning the 10,000 at the Olympic Track Trials later that year. Now she’s converted the fallout from a former competitor’s drug bust into the seed for nurturing the next Amy Cragg.

In 2014, Amy finished fifth at the Chicago Marathon. Later that year, the initial winner, Rita Jeptoo, failed a drug test, and subsequently received a doping ban and erasure of her recent competitive record. The Chicago Marathon adjusted the results, moving Amy to fourth place, and awarded her the additional $5,000 in prize money that went with placing fourth.

Amy, in turn, is donating that $5,000 to Girls on the Run Chicago, that city’s branch of the nationwide program that uses running to teach young girls about self-confidence, goal setting, and other positive life skills.

“It is my biggest fear that kids will give up before they even try because their belief was robbed from them,” Amy says about the effect of dopers on young runners. “Programs like Girls on the Run provide a nurturing environment for girls to realize their full potential and connect with the community around them in a positive way. I have seen first-hand the power of running and the positive impact sport can play in the lives of kids. Running should be a sport for everyone, but to get kids out there and excited we need to give them heroes.”

Next up for Amy is a return to the track and the 10,000 at the Payton Jordan Invitational on Friday night.



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One Response to “Amy Cragg Turns Jeptoo Ban Into a Positive”

  1. Becky Oakes says:

    What a great act and commitment to young girls as they enter the running community. You are on target. Good luck with all your competitions.
    Director of Sports