1. Because she lowered the gender gap between men and women in the marathon to only 9.8%, running a 2:15:25 (Only 12 minutes slower than Kenyan Wilson Kipsang's 2:03:23)
2. Because she is a mom and a runner (like me), and she continues to kick butt after two kids!
3. Because she is a super vocal advocate against performance enhancing/doping in the sport of running.