4th place for Gwen Jorgensen in U.S. Half Marathon Championships

1:10:58 for Olympic Triathlon Champion over the Half Marathon in Pittsburgh

When I highlighted Gwen’s participation in the U.S. Half Marathon Championships a week or so back, I said of her prospects in terms of time, “perhaps in the 1:10 to 1:11 range would be my current estimate”. With a 1:10:58 over what was a ‘lumpy’ course in Pittsburgh on Sunday, that proved to be right on the money.

Fourth place will have earned a $3,000 cheque (plus a further bonus for a Sub 1:11 finish), though as she reveals in her post-race video, she was a little disappointed with her result.

In her ‘post-triathlon’ running career, Gwen has now run three races:

  • 5,000m indoors – 15:15.64 – MORE HERE
  • 10,000m outdoors – 31:55.68 – MORE HERE
  • Half Marathon – 1:10:58

How does that time stack up? Well, in 2016 Gwen finished third in the U.S. 10-mile Championships in 53:13, a time which applying most conversion factors out there would predict almost exactly the time that Gwen ran on Sunday. Interestingly, Sara Hall – second – was 20 seconds behind Gwen at that 10-mile event.

Hall is the reigning U.S. Marathon Champion, and has a personal best of 2:27:41 set in Frankfurt last year.

Overall? Solid – but more work to do and improvements to be made – which is consistent with Gwen’s post-race assessment of her own performance. The journey continues.

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U.S. Half Marathon Championships, Pittsburgh, Sunday 6th May 2018


1st – Aliphine Tuliamuk – 1:10:04
2nd – Sara Hall – 1:10:07
3rd – Rochelle Kanuho – 1:10:49
4th – Gwen Jorgensen – 1:10:58
5th – Carrie Dimoff – 1:11:51

Gwen Jorgensen U.S. Half Marathon Championships 2018
Photo: Talbot Cox www.talbotcox.com


1st – Chris Derrick – 1:02:37
2nd – Parker Stinson – 1:02:38
3rd – Andrew Colley – 1:02:40
4th – Samuel Kosgei – 1:03:13
5th – Leonard Korir – 1:03:24

John Levison
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TRI247's Chief Correspondent, John has been involved in the sport for well over 30 years, 15 of those writing on these pages. While his passion is triathlon, you'll also find him watching Boxing, Darts or at the theatre enjoying a good musical...