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Former BHS Lumberjack Bailey Drewes Competes in Olympic Marathon Trials in Atlanta Georgia

03/01/2020, 3:00pm CST
By BHS Activities

For Bailey Drewes, a clinical research coordinator in the Division of Nutritional Sciences & former BHS Lumberjack Female Athlete of the Year in 2011, competitive running offered not just exercise but camaraderie.

Drewes & her training partner, Chelsea Benson, ran during middle school, high school and college, but didn’t feel they found their niche – or their community – until they started running marathons.

“I never ever would have imagined that I’d qualify for the Olympic trials,” Drewes said. “I didn’t feel like I reached my full potential in high school or college – I think I’ve always been a long-distance person. Running the marathon, I finally found where my heart was.”

Since qualifying for the trials – which, for women, requires running the 26.2-mile event in 2 hours, 45 minutes or faster – their goal has shifted to reaching the more elite “A” standard, requiring a 2:37 time. Their passion for marathon running reflects a nationwide trend: 511 women qualified for the 2020 Olympic marathon trials, compared with 198 in 2016.

They’re also active members of the local running community. Benson is among the organizers of a local Facebook group, Ithaca Runners, open to anyone in the area who is interested in running.

Cornell University Chronicle:
https://news.cornell.edu/stories/2020/02/runners-heading-olympic-trials-its-been-long-haul?fbclid=IwAR3sQoR0n6zd812uluGHiH-GzW-vFae1hnSUvcOE01kHT-WDSkRtMrxPl2Q

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