An assistant coach for the Palisades High track team, Gwendolen clocked a personal-best time of two hours, 54 minutes to win the female masters division and place fifth overall in last Saturday’s Phoenix Marathon. After running the Newport Marathon in Oregon in 3:11 in 2014, she set a goal to break three hours. Her previous PR for the 26.2-mile distance was 3:09 at the Mountains to Beaches Marathon in 2016. Gwendolen joined the Janes Elite Racing Team in April and attributes her success in Phoenix to her training under Coach Blue Benadum. She will run the Screenland 5K in Culver City on Sunday and plans to run the Spirit 10K in Newport Beach on the same day as the LA Marathon. Gwendolen lives in the Alphabet Streets and her twin boys attend Palisades Elementary. She was 11th in the 5K at the Palisades Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving. To nominate your favorite Palisadian for Athlete of the Week, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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