Retired world-class marathon runner who became a crusader for female athletes after her Olympic dreams were dashed due to the U.S.'s boycott of the 1980 Olympics. She went on to coach Joan Benoit, who won the first-ever Women's Olympic Marathon in 1984.
She attended the University of Colorado, Boulder, where she began marathon training in the mid-70's.
She is the founder and CEO of Athlettes Media LLC. as well as an author and producer. She wrote the book Know Where to Run: An American Odyssey.
She is one of five children born to Horace and Rosemarie Petronella.
She trained with Olympic gold medal-winning runner Frank Shorter.