We are excited to announce that 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist @gwenjorgensen will make her half-marathon debut in Pittsburgh at the @usatf Half Marathon Championships on May 6 – Welcome, Gwen! READ MORE: https://t.co/UWrP0wcihP #pghmarathon Image courtesy of @talbotcox. pic.twitter.com/4wmy4UjFa0
— Pittsburgh Marathon (@PGHMarathon) April 24, 2018
Gwen Jorgensen, winner of the gold medal in the women’s triathlon at the 2016 Olympics in Rio as well as two world championships, will run her first half-marathon at the USATF Half-Marathon Championships in Pittsburgh, Penn., part of the PGH Pittsburgh Marathon on May 6, she announced on Twitter.
I am very excited to be making my half marathon debut at the USATF Half Marathon Championships, hosted by @PGHMarathon. I look forward to testing my limits in this new distance. pic.twitter.com/RvrjuuOPf6
— gwen jorgensen (@gwenjorgensen) April 24, 2018
Some other highlights of Jorgensen’s career and life, who turns 32 today, are that she ran her first marathon at New York in 2016, clocking a 2:41:01. She had her first baby in August, 2017, and announced in November, that she is switching to the marathon distance professionally, and plans to go for Olympic gold in her new event in 2020, in Tokyo. She has trained with Shalane Flanagan, who won the New York Marathon last year.
Jorgensen was raised and went to university in Wisconsin, but now lives and trains in Portland, Oregon. She was the star of the ITU World Triathlon Series circuit, with 12 consecutive wins beginning in 2014.