Enman's World Mountain Running Gold Medal Blazes a Trail for U.S. Women

12 SEP 2011
Enman's World Mountain Running Gold Medal Blazes a Trail for U.S. Women
On Sunday, September 11, 2011, Kasie Enman claimed the gold medal at the World Mountain Running Championship in Tirana, Albania. Enman, who won the U.S. Mountain Running Championship in June has represented the United States in international mountain running competition in the past, but this was her first trip to the World Championships. She made it count, winning the race by more than three minutes and, in the process, becoming the first U.S. Senior Woman to win the World Mountain Running Championship in the 17-year history of the race.

A 2001 graduate of Middlebury College, where she was a Division III All-American in cross country, Enman has proven to be a versatile competitor. Recent additions to her resume include the 2011 U.S. Mountain Running Championship title, the 2011 USATF New England Grand Prix 8 Mile title, and the Women's Team Title at the 2011 Boston Marathon. Prior accolades include NECAC individual and team gold medals, a runner-up finish at Mount Washington, and the 2006 National Snowshoe Title. Since joining the B.A.A. in 2002, Enman has consistently been among the club’s top performers in cross country as well as on the roads. She also boasts a personal best marathon of 2:37:14 which she ran at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials Women’s Marathon and placed 11th overall. Running the 115th Boston Marathon just 8 months after the birth of her first child, she posted a 2:39:55, leading the B.A.A. women to the team title and qualifying for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials Women's Marathon.

Click here for complete results of the 2011 World Mountain Running Championship.

B.A.A. Moment 3

1966 - Bobbi Gibb

Although not an official entrant, Roberta “Bobbi” Gibb became the first woman to run the Boston Marathon. Joining the starting field shortly after the gun had been fired, Gibb finished the race in 3:21:40 to place 126th overall. Gibb again claimed the “unofficial” title in 1967 and 1968.