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Celebrating African American Women’s Running History!


“The List” now totals 28 American Born Black female runners who have broken 3 Hours in the Marathon.

Here’s the link to “The List:”

Here are the Five Additional HistoryMakers!

Erica Stanley-Dottin (age 48) performance of 2:52:05 in Berlin 2022 shows the adage age is just a number.  Her running roots began on the track with the legendary Atoms Track Club and coach/mentor Fred Thompson. Erica was a sprinter at Georgetown and is currently New York City Community Manager for Tracksmith.

Madison Yerke reached this milestone in her first marathon at the 2022 Boston Marathon in a time of 2:48:14. She competed for George Washington University in Track and Cross-country and had success at a range of distances in high school.

Dira Hansen is another athlete achieving this milestone in her first marathon.  She ran 2:59:13 at the 2022 Shamrock Marathon.  She competed for Christopher Newport University in a wide variety of events including the pentathlon and heptathlon.  Her proudest accomplishment was earning All-American honors in the 800 meter indoors.

Leilani Rios 2:46:47 dates to the 2016 Huston Marathon.  As more people learn that such a list exist word of mouth will result in additional athletes being added.  Leilani enjoys trail racing and is planning her first 50K while training to set a personal record again at the marathon.

The List contains three athletes from the Black Roses NYC club led by Knox Robinson.  This includes our 5th addition Giovanna Fischer who ran 2:56:58 at the 2022 Boston Marathon.  Her teammates on the list are Sharada Maddox and Erica Stanley-Dottin.  Giovanna drew inspiration after learning about Marilyn Bevans “The First Lady of African American Distance Running.”

The other big headline for 2022 was the performance of Ariane Hendrix-Roach who now is the #2 ranked on the all-time list based on her 2:35:39 achieved at the California International Marathon.  Her improvements have been quite dramatic from 2:57:04 in 2018 to 2:42:51 earlier in 2022.

As we develop more running historian to do the research naturalized African American citizens will be added to the list and a similar list for men will be developed.

Here’s an update on the documentary: “Breaking Three Hours.”Historic Groundbreaking Documentary About Women Marathoners Released for Black History Month

National Black Marathoners Association Releases Thirteen-Time Award-Winning Documentary about US-Born, African American Women Marathoners on Major Streaming Platforms, Including Roku TV, Apple TV, and Fire TV

Here’s the press release: