September 26, 2016
National Center for Sports Safety
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – The National Center for Sports Safety announced today that Rio Olympic bronze medalist Emma Coburn will be running in the Birmingham Wine 10K on March 11, 2017. Coburn will be running in the race and pacing a group of race participants. She will also be attending the post-race party festivities to meet race participants and distribute awards.
In Rio, Coburn became the first American woman to win an Olympic medal in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, earning a bronze medal with a new American record of 9:07.63. Coburn is passionate about helping young athletes and inspiring runners to work hard and do their best. Her continuous work through youth sports camps around the world is a natural fit for the National Center for Sports Safety (NCSS), which promotes safety on and off the playing field for all youth sports.
“We are excited to have Emma in Birmingham and to have her at the 2017 Wine 10K,” said NCSS Executive Director Joseph Longoria. “We contacted Emma just weeks after the Rio Olympics while in Zurich, where she was conducting a running camp for local youth runners. Her interest in our mission and the Wine 10K was immediate.” Coburn added, “I’m always inspired by kids who love sports and are active. I look forward to visiting Birmingham and supporting youth sports safety through the work and mission of NCSS and running in the Wine10k.”
After attending high school at Crested Butte Community School in Colorado, Coburn attended the University of Colorado, where she would become an NCAA champion in the 3000-meter steeplechase. In 2012, following her collegiate career, Coburn qualified for the 2012 Olympic Team and finished ninth at the Olympic games in London. She currently holds the fastest time ever recorded by an American woman in the 3000-meter steeplechase with her Rio bronze medal time of 9:07.63.
“The running community in Birmingham will be very excited for this opportunity,” Longoria said. “We hope everyone will come out and give a big Magic City welcome to a great Olympian and a great person.”
To run with Emma Coburn, go to wine10K.com and register today!