From the Web: How the Shalane Effect Works

On November 5, 2017, Shalane Flanagan was the first American woman in 40 years to win the New York City Marathon. Although this 26.2-mile course was an individual-runner event, Shalane was not alone as she crossed the finish line.

In 2009, she began her training with Jerry Schumacher and his Bowerman Track Club in Portland, Oregon, where she was the only female runner. It was there that she began to create a network of mentorships and a strong support system by recruiting female runners to join the track club. As she recently stated on her Instagram: “My other dream in life has been to build one of the best women’s training groups in the WORLD.” Shalane has proven that mentorships can take you to the top.

A New York Times article titled “How the ‘Shalane Effect’ Works” by Lindsay Crouse describes how Shalane’s success is not just a result from her athleticism but also due to her ability to form a group of co-inspirers around her. Along her journey to the New York City Marathon, Shalane trained with and helped other females runners, leaving a role model legacy in her wake. Shalane pushed passed the societal, hierarchical movement of ‘girl boss’ in favor of a more collaborative, lateral effort. Through the Bowerman Track Club, she has influenced and mentored female runners of all ages – from 2015 World Champion Bronze Medalist Emily Infeld to the middle school-aged girls on the Bowerman’s youth cross country team. She coached those around her to build them up, and as a result, ensured she is always surrounded by supportive women who will also push her to train harder, run faster and always be better.

The ‘Shalane Effect’ of mentoring and connecting females is very similar to the focus of the Jabil Joules program. It demonstrates the importance of building up the women around you, which subsequently results in you never being alone or without help. It’s the perfect blend of being competitive yet a team-player and having some self-interest but also caring that others succeed. If that collaborative atmosphere is created, then any hardship that surfaces will be easier to face. And, when you make it to the top, you’ll be surrounded by other empowered women!

Read the full New York Times article here: How the Shalane Effect Works

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