Amira Fahoum

Amira Fahoum, a supporter of women's athletics, had a goal to become a runner. Hear her story on how she did it.

Amira started running in 2011 and quickly became addicted to the sport. Half-marathons were a distance that challenged her early on, but she quickly developed a knack for running and after running one marathon, 28 half-marathons and several 5Ks and 10Ks, she set a goal to complete 40 half-marathons by the time she was 40.

At the onset of the pandemic, she worked in senior living so running was a way to escape. She set a goal to complete 12 marathons in 18 months and one week before her 40th birthday she completed her 40 before 40 half-marathon goal.

“I never thought I would be a runner until I actually did it,” Fahoum said. “I couldn’t be more grateful for the women who came before me and gave me the courage to take on more than I ever thought I could.”

Fahoum now works for an online language assessment company here in Eugene and remains motivated to run and support women athletics.

When asked about what she wants to see for women everywhere moving forward, Fahoum replied, “Freedom. Women everywhere should have the freedom to use and move their bodies how they want without fear of harassment or oppression.”