Alysia Montaño: “That Pregnant Runner”

Jun 26, 2014; Sacramento, CA, USA; Alysia Montano runs in a womens 800m heat while 34 months pregnant in the 2014 USA Championships at Hornet Stadium.

The chorus of accompanying opinion is all too familiar when female athletes announce their pregnancies. ‘Will she still have the ambition for it?’ ‘Is this the end of her career?’

Alysia Montaño answered these questions with a resounding ‘yes’ and ‘no’ respectively.

Seven-time U.S. 800m champion Alysia Montaño created one of the most viral moments of the 2017 USATF Outdoor Championships by completing the preliminary round of the 800m while five months pregnant.

The 31-year-old ran 2:21.4 for seventh place in heat 1; her time ranks 30th overall and she will not advance to the semi-final. Montaño has now twice competed at a USATF Outdoor Championships while pregnant. In 2014, she ran 2:32.13 in the prelims while eight months pregnant; a year later, she returned to the USATF 800m finals and won gold.

Click here to read more of Alysia’s empowering story (HT to Johanna Gretschel).

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