Shalane Flanagan has had one of the longest careers in American distance running, reaching new heights after her win at the TCS New York City Marathon last fall.
The American beat the second-fastest marathoner (2:17:01) of all-time, Mary Keitany, and the 2017 Boston Marathon champion, Edna Kiplagat, in the most significant road race of her life in winning the 2017 New York City Marathon, the largest 42.2K in the world. It was the first American win by a woman in New York City since 1977.
Flanagan is a longtime idol for runners everywhere, but especially after her performance last year. Many kids will dress up as their favourite superheroes for Halloween, and this year, some are dressing up like Flanagan.
SO much more than Halloween 🎃…these amazing @ShalaneFlanagan costumes for our girls represent strength, hard work, determination, and dreams coming true. Shalane’s historic @nycmarathon victory is celebrated daily. Do it again! @BowermanTC @peter_ciaccia #teamultra #iwahoo pic.twitter.com/0V4bkHd6PB
— Wahoo! Running (@WahooRunning) October 17, 2018
Flanagan retweeted the costumes and posted them on Instagram.
The American runner was supposed to retire after last year’s New York City Marathon, but opted to keep competing. Since then, Flanagan faced heartbreak at this year’s Boston Marathon, where she finished in a disappointing seventh place under difficult conditions. Flanagan had hoped to win the race in front of a hometown crowd, as she’s from Marblehead, Massachusetts. Many thought Boston could be her last marathon ever.
Retirement will have to wait, as Flanagan announced earlier this fall that she will lace up again for the 2018 New York Marathon. New York kicks off in only 16 days, on Sunday, November 4th.