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The Amateur Athletic Union would like to congratulate Amy Palmiero-Winters, as she was honored with the 2009 James E. Sullivan Award.
On April 14th, 2010, in the New York Athletic Club during an exclusive ceremony, the AAU Sullivan Committee announced Amy as this year’s award winner for her outstanding athletic abilities and accomplishments in her sport as well as sportsmanship, leadership and character (on & off the field) in her lifestyle as a whole.
Sport: Ultra marathoning
Hometown: Hicksville, NY
Accomplishments: Amy Palmiero-Winters won the Arizona Road Racers 24 hours run to the Future (130.4 miles), finishing first place overall, beating all able-bodied male and female entrants.
She also placed first overall the Might Electric Ultracentric (100 mile race), first place overall female in the Heartland (100 mile race), 4th place in the NorthFace Endurance Challenge Madison, WI (50 mile trail run) and NorthFace Endurance Challenge Bear Mountain (50 mile trail run) finished 9th place.
In the 50 mile trail run NorthFace Challenge in Washington D.C., this mother of two placed 13th and 22nd in San Francisco with a time of 11:25:26. She completed the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon on June 14, 2009 with a time 3:45:56, and competed in the Ironman Malaysia March of 2009. Amy set world records for amputee women in the 50k, 50mi, 100k, 100 mi and 24 hours runs. She is a phenomenal athlete, regardless of whether she is an amputee or not.
Her status as a trailblazer was made clearer than ever in 2009, when she raced more often than ever in order to qualify for various championship races. Among her other accomplishments in 2009: first amputee to qualify for Western States 100 mile ultra marathon, first amputee to run the Mount Washington Uphill Road Race, named one of the top ten runners of the decade in the world by the Washington Times and named USATF athlete of the week October 12, 2009.
For more on the AAU Sullivan award, visit www.aausullivan.org