Sunday, February 25, 2018

Third in Tokyo for Classy Cragg in 2:21:42

Amy Cragg turned in a stunning performance at the Tokyo Marathon on Sunday morning, finishing third in a huge lifetime best of 2:21:42, taking more than five minutes off her previous best of 2:27:03.

That moved her to number five on the all-time US list, and left her just 23 seconds behind runner-up Ruti Aga. The race was won by Ethiopia’s Birhane Dibaba in 2:19:51. Cragg had run with the leading women up until 30K, at which point she was still on 2:20 pace, and though she couldn’t match Dibaba in the closing miles, she showed immense resolve to fight to the finish in third, rewarded with a place among the greats of American marathoning.

US women’s all-time list (via
2:19:36 Deena Kastor 2006 London
2:20:57 Jordan Hasay 2017 Chicago
2:21:14 Shalane Flanagan 2014 Berlin
2:21:21 Joan Benoit Samuelson 1985 Chicago
2:21:42 Amy Cragg 2018 Tokyo

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Cragg trains sights on Tokyo

Amy Cragg is set to kick off her 2018 campaign at the Tokyo Marathon next month, the 34-year-old looking to carve a chunk off her personal best of 2:27:03.

Cragg, who memorably claimed the bronze medal in the women’s marathon at the IAAF World Championships in London, spoke to Erin Strout at Runner’s World earlier today and explained that she will hope to be competitive in her first Marathon Major of the year.

“You can’t ever go into a [World Marathon Major] and say you’re just going to run for time. It’s just impossible. Even if that’s the plan going into it, when you get in the race you’re going to be competitive. There are these amazing women in there. As much as I’d like to say that it’s just about the PR and running fast, there’s also going to be competition as well. When it comes down to it at the end, I’d pick a higher place finish over a faster time. But as of right now, going into it, it’s going to be about running fast.”

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Historic bronze for Amy Cragg

Amy Cragg claimed a historic bronze medal in the women’s marathon at the IAAF World Championships in London today, becoming the first American woman in 34 years to do so.

The 33-year-old KIMbia athlete unleashed a storming finish to get among the medals, very nearly taking second as she crossed the line in 2:27:18, the same time as silver medallist Edna Kiplagat. Bahrain’s Rose Chelimo took victory in 2:27:11.

“It feels amazing,” said Cragg after. “I can’t even believe it.”

The early pace had been slow, but Cragg began to whittle the leading pack with a move just before the 20-mile mark. She had vocal encouragement along the route from coach Jerry Schumacher and husband Alistair, among others.

“It was really painful, but it was worth every little bit of pain,” she said. “It was just a grind to the finish.”

For a full feature story on her outstanding performance, and video reaction from her, check out this story by Runner’s World.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Hall of Fame award for Amy Cragg

Amy Cragg has been announced among a group of eight sportspeople to be inducted into the Arizona State Athletics Hall of Fame. The 33-year-old Kimbia athlete, a member of the Nike Bowerman Track Club, will be formally inducted during a luncheon on October 13 and introduced to the crowd at a home football game the following day.

Athletes become eligible for the Hall of  Fame 10 years after their senior class has graduated, and Cragg (nee Hastings) has certainly put together a career worthy of the honor. She was a 10-time All-American in track and cross country and an NCAA indoor champion over 5000m in 2006.

Since turning pro, Cragg has become one of America’s finest distance runners. She finished 11th in the Olympic 10,000m in 2012 and last year, in Rio, she finished ninth in the Olympic marathon, having won the Olympic Trials in Los Angeles earlier in the year in 2:28:20. So far this year she has raced sparingly, but has made it count when she toes the line. She clocked a personal best for the half marathon in Marugame, Japan in February, running 68:27, and finished second at the Payton Jordan Invitational over 10,000m in Stanford in May, running 31:17.20.


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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Amy Cragg Named to World Championships Marathon Team

In what is technically known as a no-brainer, Amy Cragg was named today by USA Track and Field to the marathon squad for this summer’s World Championships in London.

Amy’s teammates will be Serena Burla and Laura Thweatt, both of who have set marathon personal bests this year. Amy, in contrast, has been focusing on shorter races before beginning her marathon build-up. In February, she set a PR of 68:27 at the Marugame Half Marathon in Japan. Last Friday, in her first track race since 2015, she was only 7 seconds off her 10,000-meter PR with her runner-up 31:17.20 performance at the Payton Jordan Invitational.

The World Champs marathon (both women’s and men’s races) will be run on Sunday, August 6. The women’s race over the four-loop course will start at 2 p.m. local time. Anyone who last year saw Amy win the Olympic Marathon Trials in Los Angeles and then finish 9th in Rio knows she’ll be ready to roll regardless of the weather.


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