UNC graduate and former college athlete, Shalane Flanagan, made history last weekend, being the first American woman to win the New York City Marathon in 40 years. Her victory inspired runners all over the world, especially the UNC Marathon Team.
Brittany Hughes, a junior and officer of auxiliary on the UNC Marathon Team, has looked up to Flanagan ever since she competed in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
“I remember watching her run the Olympic trials marathon, and I remember I really liked the way that she ran that race even though she had a tough race that day,” Hughes said. “I looked her up and found out she went to UNC, and she became my favorite runner.”
Hughes said that marathon running hurts — a lot.
“You start out not knowing if you’re going to be able to do it,” she said. “This was my second marathon, so I know I can do it, but something about 26 miles is intimidating. It hurts more as time goes on, so you have to be ready to push yourself.”