Last week the ultrarunning community got some very exciting news. The AAU Sullivan Committee announced that my 24-hour teammate, Amy Palmiero-Winters, was the recipient of the 2009 James E. Sullivan Award "for her outstanding athletic abilities and accomplishments in her sport as well as sportsmanship, leadership and character (on & off the field) in her lifestyle as a whole." I am certain that this is the first time an ultrarunner has received the Sullivan award.
This is a huge honor. Amy joins such other past recipients as Frank Shorter, Carol Lewis, Florence Joyner and Joan Bennoit- Samuelson. Amy's story is truly inspiring. Looking forward to finally meeting her in France.