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Alysia Montano's run makes big splash

Posted: June 29, 2014 4:31 p.m.
Updated: June 29, 2014 4:31 p.m.

Alysia Montano, left, who is 34 weeks pregnant, competes in the quarterfinals of the 800 meters at the U.S. outdoor track and field championships in Sacramento on Thursday.

Call it the 800 meters heard ‘round the world.

Canyon High School alumna Alysia Montano made a big social media splash on Thursday when she ran an 800-meter preliminary race at the U.S. Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Sacramento while nearly eight months pregnant.

Days later, the social media blitz has spilled over to major media outlets.

Montano made an appearance on CNN’s Newsroom show on Sunday, which followed an array of stories written about her by various news organizations and online blogs.

The day of the race, she was featured on SportsCenter.

Montano, 28, is a five-time U.S. Track and Field champion in the 800 and she also ran the event in the 2012 Olympics.

Though her time in Thursday’s race was 2 minutes, 32.13 seconds, well off her personal best of 1:57.34 and good enough for last place in her heat, this race may end up being the most memorable for the soon-to-be mother.

“I thought that it was a very different experience for me to be on the outside the pregnant woman and recognizing how unlikely it was for people to see a pregnant woman running in general,” Montano said during her CNN interview. “I wanted people to recognize that fitness in pregnancy is actually a really good thing.”

While some questions also rang out about the possible risk of running a race while pregnant, Montano has also made it clear that she was cleared to run by her physician.

“That took away any fear of what the outside world might think about a woman running during her pregnancy,” Montano told the Associated Press. “What I found out mostly was that exercising during pregnancy is actually much better for the mom and the baby. ... I did all the things I normally do ... I just happened to be pregnant. This is my normal this year.”

Montano and her husband, Louis, are expecting the baby in about six weeks.


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