Springfield, Mass. - April 15, 2018 - Springfield College head cross country coach Anna Steinman will be racing among an estimated 30,000 athletes at the 2018 Boston Marathon, hosted by the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) on Monday, April 16. Taking place on the third Monday in April every year, the Boston Marathon is the world's oldest annual marathon and ranks as one of the world's best-known road racing events.
Steinman has been the head cross country and assistant track and field coach at Springfield College over the past two seasons. In the fall, Steinman helped coach senior Jack Pinho '18 to a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) All-Conference honor, as he took sixth overall at the conference championship with a time of 26:03.
Pinho would go on to earn United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Region honors, placing in the top 20 at the NCAA Division III Regional Championships, and at the 2018 NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships, the senior took fourth overall in the one mile race to earn the first All-America honor of his career.
Steinman is no stranger to marathons as in 2014, she ran the coveted New York City Marathon and finished fifth overall in her class with a time of 3:05.09. She has also run in the Army 10 Miler in Washington, D.C., where she took sixth in her class with a time of 1:06.20 and the Unite Rutgers Half Marathon, where she clocked in at 1:25.54 to finish first in her class.
The Boston Marathon is open to runners 18 years of age or older from any nation, but must meet certain qualifying standards. To qualify, a runner must first complete a standard marathon course certified by the International Association of Athletics Federations within 18 months of the event. Steinman qualified for the Boston Marathon at the Washington, DC Rock n' Roll Marathon last March, crossing in 3:19.53.