Emma Bates Caps Three Big Races in 13 Days With 25K Championship Win
For her third competition in just 13 days, Emma Bates embraced the challenge and won her second U.S. national title at the USATF 25K Championships on Saturday morning. This came just six days after she finished third at the USATF Half Marathon Championships in Pittsburgh and 13 days after she won the Silo District Half Marathon in Waco, Texas. “It was hard doing the double, the half marathon championships last weekend and then this championship, but I knew going in that it was going to be really hard, so I wanted to make it tough from the beginning, and that’s what I did,” Bates, 26, told USATF.TV.
Saturday’s win capped an impressive two weeks for the marathoner, who lives just outside of Boise, Idaho. On April 28, she finished first at the Silo District Half Marathon in 1:16:38 and earned $3,000 as the winner. Immediately after receiving the prize, Bates gave the check back to be donated to the Brave Like Gabe Foundation, which helps fund rare cancer research. On May 5, Bates returned to competition at the USATF Half Marathon Championships, where she finished third overall in 1:11:13 and earned $5,000. Bates’s half marathon split of 1:10:48 on her way to 25K on Saturday, May 11, was her fastest 13.1 performance of the three road races.
Bates and her competitor Sara Hall, who finished second at the half marathon championships last weekend, established a brisk pace early on. The two competitors ran together ahead of the rest of the pack until mile six, when Bates began to pull ahead slightly. By mile 10, Bates had 20 seconds on Hall and continued to increase the gap in the final miles of the race.
The 2018 California International Marathon Champion cruised into the 13.1-mile split in 1:10:48 and later into the finish line at 25K in 1:23:51. Hall closed for second in 1:25:33.
With an equalizer bonus on the line (the men’s race started over 11 minutes behind the women), Bates said that she told her male competitors prior to the race that “they had no chance,” and she kept her word. A fan on the side of the course even reminded her of the promise she made.
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