This award goes to a woman who has been a leader and a pioneer in the sport and has served the sport with distinction.

2024 Michelle La Sala, Founder and President, Blistering Pace Race Management

2023 Heidi Swartz, Executive Director of The Cowtown

2022 Jan Seeley, Race Director of Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon

2021 event was not held

2020 Kara Goucher, 2008 and 2012 U.S. Olympian

2019 Amy Frostick, Co-owner of J&A Racing

2018 Patrice Matamoros, CEO of P3R (Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon)

2017 Virginia Brophy Achman, Executive Director of Twin Cities in Motion

2016 Sally Bergesen, Founder of Oiselle

2015 Kathy Kinane, Race director/Founder of Kinane Events, collegiate and youth coach, elite advocate and runner

2014 Jacqueline Hansen, former world record holder in the marathon 1974 & 1975 (first woman sub-2:40)

2013 Dawna Stone, Women’s Running Magazine founder & publisher and Women’s Running Half-Marathon Series founder

2012 Nancy Hobbs, USA Mountain and Trail Running leader

2011 Beth Shluger, Hartford Marathon Foundation executive director

2010 Tracey Russell, Atlanta Track Club executive director

2009 Nancy Lieberman, GO! St. Louis Marathon president and founder

2008 Sharon Barbano, Saucony, Senior Director, Public Relations

2007 Carol Lasseter-Rice, Running Times Magazine publisher

2006 Mary Wittenberg, ING New York City Marathon race director / New York Road Runners president & CEO

2005 Elizabeth Phillips, USATF LDR chair / Avon Running