Mary Margaret “Meg” Penrose is a law professor at Texas A&M University School of Law, where she recently won the title of Professor of the Year. In addition to her work as a law professor and attorney, Mary Margaret Penrose is a marathon runner, and qualified for and ran the Boston Marathon twice.
The Boston Marathon is a major event with the 2015 and 2016 editions each including around 30,000 participants. Athletes qualify to run the race only if they can match or do better than a given standard time for their age and gender category. The fastest applicants are accepted first, about a year before the race, and remaining applicants are added in intervals as long as space remains.
People can apply to race from all over the world, and they do. The 2016 male and female winners were both from Ethiopia: Lemi Berhanu Hayle won the men’s race with a time of 2:12:45, and Atsede Baysa took the women’s at 2:29:19. Top finishers included athletes from Kenya, Japan, and several other countries, as well as the US.