February 21 2018
Karen Lyons started running to escape hardship–and couldn’t stop.
Life moves fast for 21-year-old JORDAN HASAY. The University of Oregon’s most decorated runner earned her diploma, secured a Nike sponsorship, found a new coach, relocated to Utah for high altitude training and came in second in the 10,000 meters at the U.S. Track and Field Championships—all in the time it takes most college grads to empty their dorm rooms and hit the beach. This newly minted pro has her eye on the 2016 Olympic Games and is looking forward to racing strong and seeing where her career takes her.
“I was beating all the boys in gym class, so I joined the seventh grade track team. I raced and came in second. No one told me you were supposed to sprint at the end! Once I learned to finish with a sprint, it was quite a while before I didn’t come in first.”