UPDATE: Hamlin Finishes NYC Marathon in 4:52.52
Update: Erin Hamlin completed the NYC Marathon in 4:52.52. She averaged 11:11 per mile and her efforts benefited the Women’s Sports Foundation.
Congrats to Erin and all runners!
Read more about Erin's NYC Marathon journey below!
From Luge To 26.2, Erin Hamlin’s Post-Olympic Journey Races On To NYC Marathon
Olympic bronze medalist Erin Hamlin retired from her luge career after the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 this past February unsure with what she wanted to do next. So when a rep from the Women’s Sports Foundation reached out about joining its New York City Marathon team, the Olympian thought, why not?
Then came the doubts.
Luge and distance running aren’t exactly similar sports. Hamlin’s longest run before this had been a 15K, and she knew how important — and time consuming — marathon training is. Plus, she was already planning a wedding, plus a move to Fargo, North Dakota, for her husband’s job.
Suddenly, it all started to feel like too much.
One day after accepting the offer to run, Hamlin called the rep back.
“I kind of had a moment of clarity,” Hamlin explained.
Before long, though, she changed her mind again. After running into people from the Women’s Sports Foundation during Team USA Week in Washington, D.C., Hamlin decided to run, and on Sunday she’ll indeed make her marathon debut through New York City’s five boroughs.
Hamlin, 31, told reporters last week that she’s excited for the challenge, which forced her to train in ways that are much different than those used during her two-decade sliding career.
“I kind of jumped to the complete opposite end of the spectrum,” she said. “Now, for me, going out for a two-mile run before was like, ‘That’s it. That’s good.’ Now, six-mile runs are where two-miles runs were before. It was pretty crazy to see that change and to see how your body adapts to it.”