Janet Cherobon-Bawcom

Event Ambassador for Bajaj Allianz Pune Half Marathon 2019

Janet Cherobon-Bawcom, born on August 22, 1978, is a celebrated runner in the American long-distance running circuit. Unlike most premier runners, Janet wasn't a child prodigy destined for greatness. However, her journey from a small village in Kenya to being a US Olympian is an inspiration.

Janet was 19 when she was walking to the bus stop, and a stranger offered her a ride. The stranger turned out to be the 1988 Olympic Gold Medallist Peter Rono, who offered her useful suggestions. Janet took up running to gain a scholarship in the US and graduated from Harding University with a degree in health care management. It wasn't until she was 32 that she decided to give professional running a try and the rest as they say 'is history'.

Janet's career graph took a steep spike after she associated with the legendary running coach - Dr Jack Daniels - a key pillar of Bajaj Allianz Pune Half Marathon's (BAPHM) inaugural edition. She is married to renowned running coach Jay Bawcom, who too is an integral part of the BAPHM. Janet's career milestones include: being eight-time All-American, former US record holder in 25K and 10 miles, garnering nine US road races and becoming a 2012 US Olympian in the 10K.

The 41-year-old athlete is now training for the 2020 US Olympic Trials Marathon, her third consecutive Olympic Trials Marathon. Having qualified for the Olympic trials, winning the gold at the Phoenix Marathon, and silver at Mt Sneffels Half Marathon, Janet is having a great 2019. Her participation in BAPHM would be the kick start to her final two-month training block before the Olympic trials on February 29, 2020, at Atlanta.

Janet's signing as BAPHM 2019 Event Ambassador is a strategic selection. Not only does she embodies fitness ethics that the race stands for but her journey on the wheels of determination and resilience is relatable for most Indian runners, who come from disadvantaged backgrounds.