Compiled by Christine Wyrick
Special to the Record
The amazing woman who
ran the fastest Emma ever!
The year was 1995, and it was the fastest Emma Creek Classic ever run. The winning time was 17:02, and 10th-place time was 19:46, the fastest time ever for the coveted Top 10. But the real story was of the winner that day, Lisa Weidenbach – certainly the most decorated runner to ever run the race.
Lisa first graced the national stage as a swimmer where, while still in high school, she qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials in 1980. Switching to running, she qualified for the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in 1984 and just missed making the team by finishing fourth. She came back in 1985 to win the Boston Marathon (the last American woman to do that) and was voted USAT&F Runner of the Year.
Then in 1988, at the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials she once again finished in the agonizing fourth spot, again getting the alternate spot. But again she came back, this time with wins in the Chicago Marathon in 1988 and 1989, winning the Hokkaido Marathon (a major international marathon in Japan) in 1990 and again being voted USAT&F Runner of the Year in 1989.