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Olympian runs in track meet while eight months pregnant

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Reported by Andrew Scot Bolsinger

Olympian Alysia Montano ran her specialty, the 800m in Sacramento, Calif. on Thursday, in a time that was more than 30 second off her personal best, but the crowd gave her a standing ovation anyway.

Montano, a five-time U.S. national champion, competed and finished last, but still thrilled those in attendance because she ran carrying a passenger. Montano is 34 weeks pregnant.

The 28-year-old runner finished in a time of 2 minutes, 32.13 seconds, a far cry from the 1:57;34 she ran back in 2010. But she was running solo then.

“I’ve been running throughout my pregnancy and I felt really, really good during the whole process,” she said.

Montano said she had her doctor’s approval. She ran with her signature flower tied into her hair.

“I just didn’t want to get lapped and be the first person to get lapped in the 800,” said Montano.

Montano has been training and competing since she was a child. She wanted to continue to train during her pregnancy.

“What I found out mostly was that exercising during pregnancy is actually much better for the mom and the baby…I did all the things I normally do…I just happened to be pregnant. This is my normal this year,” she said.

She knew she had no chance of winning or running at her best but wanted to take part for the joy of racing, a point she made on her blog after the race.

“Racing is still very enjoyable for me because I’ve been able to think of it like a kid does. They’re so innocent – they’re wanting to win but they’re having fun, too,’ she writes.  “As you get older, it’s easy to put importance on things that really don’t matter and then succumb to that pressure; so I don’t like to get myself wrapped up by talking about competitive goals too much.”

Tell us, do you think it’s safe for a woman to run a race when she is eight months pregnant?  Could this harm the child?


Andrew Scot Bolsinger won more than two dozen press awards during his journalism career. He is a freelance writer, author and operates, which is focused on prison reform. He can reached at Andrew.Bolsinger@gmail.comand can be followed @CriminalUniv on Twitter.


  1. Jessica

    June 27, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    Her really stupid act of vanity could put her babies life and health at risk. Other women have tried to put extra demands on their bodies during pregnancy, for vanity’s sake, and have lost their babies.

    • D L Castillo

      June 27, 2014 at 10:46 pm

      “Her really stupid”

      LOL!! yeah, we know who’s the STUPID one here!

  2. saya

    June 27, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    She said her Dr. Gave okay… pregnant doesn’t mean we are disabled. Congratulate her instead of quickly criticising her.

  3. SweetTweet

    June 27, 2014 at 10:38 pm


  4. Phyllis

    June 28, 2014 at 8:14 am

    Only thing I have to say is, WOW. I HAVE NO EXCUSES TO NOT TO GET IN SHAPE!!!!

  5. ericaf

    June 28, 2014 at 9:11 am

    If you’re used to working out, pregnancy should not stop your routine. If the doctor says it’s okay and you are capable, do it. Just exercise safety and precaution

  6. s'ann

    June 28, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    Thank God she didn’t fall; hope her baby is ok.

  7. Wil May

    June 28, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    Good effort and as far as hurting her baby, time will tell. Give her credit, too many of her critics are sitting on their fat asses.

  8. charles mcneil jr

    June 28, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    Well Im sure when she sighns another contract it will have some changes.

  9. MeLee

    June 29, 2014 at 12:25 am

    Give the little one a break!! The nervous system needs a peaceful and calm atmosphere in order to develop properly. Running is something that she likes to do. However, the baby must feel like a little milkshake by now!! Deliver first, then run all you want!!

  10. Laby

    June 29, 2014 at 7:40 am

    If working out is your normal routine then it is ok to continue working out while pregnant… grown folks should know this by now. The doctLadyor always approves it… she is not the 1st woman to do this

  11. Laby

    June 29, 2014 at 7:42 am

    June 29, 2014

    Correction: If working out is your normal routine then it is ok to continue working out while pregnant… grown folks should know this by now. The doctor always approves it… she is not the 1st woman to do this

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