Parent and Coordinator of Athletic Facilities & Equipment Rachel Booth placed first in the female division (and second overall) in the Louisiana Marathon on Sunday, Jan. 20.
The previous women's half marathon record holder at 1:17, Booth now holds the course record in the full marathon at 2:43. She was also the only female participant to finish the marathon in under three hours.
"Running has been my companion for so many years. For me, it's a sport in which I have been able to push myself to new limits, set goals, watch sunrises and sunsets, and see places around the world through a whole different perspective by running through the streets in new destinations," noted Booth.
A runner for more than 25 years, this is not Booth's first brush with success in the competitive running arena. In 2012, she ran the Olympic Marathon Trials in Houston, TX, achieving her personal best in marathon distance with a 2:37. Taking the win in Louisiana qualifies her to return to the Olympic Marathon Trials in 2020 in Atlanta, Ga.
"I will go to the trials again in 2020, but the goal this time will be to continue to show my children that it takes hard work, dedication, and some sacrifice, but it's always important to follow your dreams and that is what I hope they will do too in whatever sport they are passionate about," Booth said. "Although I would love to obtain another personal record, if that doesn't happen, I gave it my all trying."
Congratulations and good luck in 2020, Rachel!
Pictured: Rachel Booth keeping warm before the start of the races with Des Linden, 2018 winner of the Boston Marathon.