Yale administrator races to the finish line

Amy Steffen is not afraid of a challenge, and is undaunted by starting her day before the sun has risen.

Amy Steffen at the New York City Marathon
Amy Steffen at the New York City Marathon

The 36-year-old Steffen is an administrator at Yale School of Medicine (YSM), a mother of three, and now, for the second time, one of the fastest women runners to cross the finish line in the 2011 ING New York City Marathon.

Steffen completed the 26-mile race in 3 hours, 1 minute and 22 seconds, coming in 72nd out of 17,000 women who finished the race. “The epic nature of the race, with runners from all over the world, makes running the New York City Marathon an incredible experience,” Steffen says.

Steffen is a research coordinator in the Diabetes Research Office at YSM, and happens to be the daughter of renowned diabetes expert Dr. William Tamborlane., section chief of pediatric endocrinology. Her children are ages 2, 6 and 8, so she’s not up nights any more, but she still had to squeeze in runs wherever she could. Her 5 a.m. training regimen, with fellow medical professionals, consisted of long runs, speed work and hills. “My running group is always encouraging and inspiring. We meet up before the sun rises and sort out our busy lives,” Steffen says. “It keeps us moving at a quick pace!”

This was Steffen’s 15th marathon overall, and her fastest by six minutes. “Without my family supporting me before and during each event, I would never be able to improve as I have. The image of their faces at the finish line is always with me.”

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