From birthing a baby only seven hours after finish a marathon to the kind-hearted acts of runners, 2012 brought many incredible accomplishments in running for women. Take a look at our 12 Favorite Women’s Running Moments of 2012. . .
A Proud Moment! Women's Running magazine celebrated its 50th issue in 2012. Here's to 50 more!
Speedy Girls! The Top Three Women finishers of the Olympic marathon trials race crushed the previous event record 0f 2:28:25. Pictured here: Desiree Davila (2:25:55), Shalane Flanagan (2:25:38) and Kara Goucher(2:26:06). Photo by Source: Bob Levey/Getty Images North America.
We've Run A Long Way, Baby! 2012 brought the 40th Anniversary of Title IX (the 1972 U.S. anti-discrimination legislation that led to equal female participation in high school and college sports). Pictured here is Joan Benoit Samuelson - one of the pioneers for Women's Running!
The Kindness of Runners. . . Ohio High School State Champion runner, Megan Vogel, saw her opponent, Arden McMath, collapse to the ground 20 meters shy of the finish line of the 3,200 meter race. Vogel picked McMath up and helped her finish the race while demonstrating the true spirit of female runners. AP Photo/The Daily Call, Mike Ullery.
West Liberty-Salem's Meghan Vogel, right, helps Arlington's Arden McMath to the finish line after McMath collapsed yards short in the finals of the Division III 3,200 meters at the Ohio High School Athletic Association state track and field meet in Columbus, Ohio, on Saturday, June 2, 2012. Although Vogel finished last in this race, earlier in the day she won the 1,600 meters.
Age Is Nothing But A Number. . . Running phenom, 12-year old Katylyn Welsch, becomes the youngest ever champion of an XTERRA trail half-marathon at the XTERRA 21k Trail Race in Waco, TX. Welsch proved girls rule from a very early age! Photo by Welsch Family.
History Making Tie! After much debate over this photo-finish tie at the 100 meter finals of the Olympic trials, Allyson Felix and Jeneba Tarmoh were given the option to flip a coin or compete in a run-off to determine a winner. After scheduling a run-off, Tarmoh later declined and conceded to Felix, allowing her to compete in the distance at the 2012 London Olympics. Photo by Getty Images.
Helping Others. . . When the New York City marathon was canceled due to Superstorm Sandy, thousands of runners ran to Staten Island to volunteer instead.
World Domination! The USA women prove to be the fastest on the planet at the 2012 Olympics. The 4x100 relay team of Carmelita Jeter, Bianca Knight, Allyson Felix and Tianna Madison shattered the previous world record with a stellar time of 40.82 seconds. Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images.
Women Dominate Half Marathon Races! According to Running USA's 2012 Annual Half Marathon Report, approximately 950,000 women finished a half marathon race this year (well outweighing our make counterparts!).
Recovery Run. . . After losing her husband and running partner, Ryan Shay who died suddenly while competing in the 2008 Olympic marathon trials, Alicia Shay won the multi-stage, 60-mile Transrockies race.
One Tough Chick! Seven hours after finishing the 2012 Chicago Marathon, Amber Miller gave birth to her second child - a little girl named June. Photograph: Ho/Reuters
Sheer Determination. Italian Paralympic athlete, Annalisa Minetti with her guide Andrea Giocondi took the bronze medal in the 1500m T12 event at the 2012 Paralympic Games.