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Emma Grace Hurley talks about her first full year as a professional distance runner on the national stage, and all the of changes that are making her very optimistic.

Emma Grace is an exciting young professional runner, now running for the newly formed all-women’s team, the Heartland Track Club. Emma Grace was first featured on WRS in March 2023, in our Race Report episode about the USATF 15k National Championships, which was held on March 6, 2023, at the Gate River Run in Jacksonville, Florida.

In this episode, get caught up with what’s happened since; it’s been an exciting time, and you’ll hear all about it.

That 15k championships was a breakout performance for Emma Grace: she came in 2nd place to seasoned pro Emily Sisson, earning her first podium spot on the national stage. But that wasn’t Emma Grace’s only podium performance last year, which her first full year racing as a professional distance runner on the roads.

In addition to her big successes, Emma Grace did experience her share of challenges. And, she’s been through some significant changes. She moved teams, from the Atlanta Track Club to Heartland. And, this change necessitated a physical move as well, from her hometown of Atlanta, Georgia, to Indianapolis, Indiana.

One key element that has stayed the same is her coaches, Andrew and Amy Begley.

In this episode, Emma Grace tells the story of how her time as a pro has been unfolding, including starting 2024 with another outstanding performance. Get inspired, and get ready to keep cheering Emma Grace on as she embarks on a big racing season this year!

Keep Up With Emma Grace Hurley

Instagram: @emmagracehurley

Photo credit: Karen Mitchell: Instagram: @kmitchpa; Website: runnersgazette.com

Mentioned in This Episode

Race Report: Emma Grace Hurley + 2023 USATF 15k National Championships: https://womensrunningstories.com/race-report-emma-grace-hurley-2023-15k-national-championships

Race Report: Katie Camarena + 2024 USATF Cross-Country National Championships: https://womensrunningstories.com/race-report-katie-camarena-2024-usatf-cross-country-national-championships

Ways to Connect and Engage with Women’s Running Stories

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Email host Cherie: clouiseturner@gmail.com

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