24 Sep '13, 3pm

Utah Woman is Overall Winner of Marathon

Sometimes life brings unexpected gifts. Such was the case for Danya Crawford on September 14, when the 33-year-old mother of two sprinted across the finish line of the Big Cottonwood Marathon , winning not just the women’s title, but the overall race. “People had been shouting ‘first woman, first woman’ for the last few miles, but I didn’t realize I won the whole race until after I finished,” says Crawford by phone from her home in Midway, Utah. Crawford ran the downhill course in 2:46:30, beating last year’s winner, Cameron Kasteler, by more than three minutes. “He introduced himself to me afterwards and said, ‘I tried to catch you but couldn’t,’” says Crawford. “That’s when it started to sink in.” Crawford led a field of 1,300 marathoners and 2,700 half marathons in the two-year old race in Murray, Utah (just south of Salt Lake City) that’s making a name for itself as a ...

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