April 21, 2009

Veena Reddy - Marathon Runner

Btw, I saw this girl at the Boston Marathon yesterday. I figured she probably made it well within 3 hours. (Anything within 3 hours is an absolutely amazing time in my books!). She went past us in 2.30-2.35 or so... while the winners (women) had gone past us at 2.20.

Boston Marathoner - #REDDY(?) by Mad.Chicken.
The last name indicates she is of Indian origin. Hence it perked my interest.

And sure enough, a quick Google search for Reddy gave me the desired info.

Veena C. Reddy, United States, 2:45:46

She came in 16th yesterday!

IMPRESSIVE! A job well done! Like I said.. she HAD to have done it within 3 hours! (Btw, I had never heard of her before yesterday.)

Also, some career notes (last updated 2008)

Reddy was a member of the track and tennis teams at the Moses Brown School in Providence, RI, but took time off from running while studying at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. She later joined the cross country and track teams at Wesleyan, and entered her first marathon while in college, which turned out to be a painful 3:40 experience. She has since dramatically improved her time, placing sixth at the 2004 Ottawa Marathon (2:49:14), and finishing as the sixth American at the 2004 New York City Marathon (2:49:55) while starting behind the elite field. She set her marathon personal best at Grandma’s Marathon in Minnesota in 2006, finishing fifth in 2:41:30. She rounded out her marathon season with a strong 20th-place finish at The LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon in 2:42:03. Reddy, who ran the Boston Marathons in 2002 and 2003, has already qualified for the 2008 Olympic Team Trials in Boston with her performances at Grandma’s.

Personal Notes:
Reddy was born in Rhode Island and attended the Moses Brown School in Providence where she ran track. She attended Wesleyan University where she received her bachelor’s of arts degree. She later earned her master’s in architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and works as an architect at Ballinger Architects in Philadelphia.


shilpa said...

Hi sanjeev

Thanks for this post. I am veena's cousin and it is very exciting seeing how well known she is. I am very proud and happy for her.


shilpa said...

Hi sanjeev

Thank you for the post. I am one of veena's cousins. It is very exciting seeing how well know she is. I am very proud and happy her.


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