We have some incredible women involved in athletics who are continually fighting to push the sport we love so much forward. As part of International Women’s Day, we wanted to take the opportunity to highlight a few of these voices that challenge the status quo, spotlight important topics and conversations, and who are leaders in our sport.
FastWomen is a weekly newsletter that focuses solely on women’s competitive running. Produced by Alison Wade, this newsletter is our go-to for competitive women’s running-related news and results. You can subscribe at the link below.Fast Women Newsletter
Mother, activist, and Olympian, Alysia Montaño first took center stage when she spoke out against Nike, her former sponsor, for their lack of maternity coverage policies in an NYT Op-Ed piece. Now, Alysia is the co-founder of &Mother and is spearheading a campaign called #DreamMaternity that encourages women to pursue their careers alongside motherhood. She has also started a podcast, alongside sports psychologist Rosin McGettigan and pro runner Molly Huddle, called Keeping-Track that is dedicated to important topics and interesting stories in women’s sport. Follow Alysia and check out the podcast below!Keeping-Track Podcast
Lindsay Crouse is a reporter and videographer for the New York Times and recently produced two award-winning Op Ed’s addressing issues in women’s sports including Dream Maternity and Mary Cain’s story. Lindsay continues to push boundaries and the status quo with her story-telling. If you haven’t yet, we highly encourage you to follow her work.Read Lindsay's Work
Alison Mariella Désir
An activist, runner, community builder, founder, mental health advocate, and mother, Alison is a powerful voice in our sport. In 2013, Alison founded HarlemRun, to help create a group that was welcoming to BIPOC runners. In 2017, she started Run4AllWomen, and in 2019 founded Global Womxn Run Collective as a way to connect and create open conversations with women-led running groups. Most recently, Alison founded Meaning Thru Movement, a virtual event series that promotes fitness and mental health. To learn more about Alison and her remarkable work, check out the link below.About Alison
The Shakeout Podcast
A bit closer to home, The Shakeout Podcast is hosted by Canada’s very own Madeleine Kelly and Kate Van Buskirk. Each week Madeleine and Kate have a conversation focused on the sport and culture of running (with an emphasis on Canada!) and interview some great guests along the way. We encourage you to check out this podcast at the link below.The Shakeout Podcast
Alexi Pappas is an Olympic runner and an award-winning actor and writer. Alexi competed in the 2016 Rio Olympics in the 10,000M and in the same year, co-wrote, co-produced, and starred in TrackTown. In 2019, Alexi went on to co-write and star in Olympic Dreams and most recently, wrote the book Bravey that tackles tough topics such as her mother’s suicide, mental and physical well-being, and embracing self. We’ve been touched by Alexi’s voice and look forward to following her future projects.About Alexi
These are just some of the many incredible women’s voices in athletics. We would love to hear some of your favorites! Tag us on social @mile2marathon so that we can continue sharing these inspiring stories.