I was just notified that I have been nominated as a semi-finalist for the AAU Sullivan Award. Just receiving a nomination for such a prestigious award is an honor within itself.
The AAU Sullivan Award honors the outstanding amateur athlete in the USA. Presented annually since 1930, the Sullivan also is based on leadership, character, sportsmanship, the ideals of amateurism while recognizing a wide range of athletes for their all around efforts.
Amy Palmiero-Winters was recently selected to compete in the 2010 Badwater Ultramarathon. Amy will be the first female amputee to run in the Badwater Ultramarathon which is recognized globally as "the world's toughest foot race," this legendary event pits up to 90 of the world's toughest athletes—runners, triathletes, adventure racers, and mountaineers—against one another and the elements. Covering 135 miles (217km) traversing over 3 mountain passes this non-stop race from Death Valley to Mt. Whitney, CA has temperatures up to 130F (55c) and ground temperatures reaching close to 200 degrees, it is the most demanding and extreme running race offered anywhere on the planet. The race takes place from July 12-14 giving the athletes 60 hours to complete this ultimate test of endurance. For more details on the Badwater Ultramarathon go to HYPERLINK "http://www.badwater.com/" \t "_blank" www.badwater.com
and qualifies for the able bodied U.S. national team-2010 World 24-Hour Run Championships By: Dan Brannen
In a stunning development to open the new year and new decade, a female below-the-knee amputee was the overall winner (among men and women) in the Run to the Future 24-Hour race in Glendale, Arizona on Dec 31-Jan 1, and appears to have qualified for the U.S. national team to the 2010 World 24-Hour Run Championship.
Amy Palmiero-Winters, 37, of Hicksville, N.Y., who runs with a custom-made prosthesis, entered the race with the intention of making the Open, able-bodied U.S. national team to the World 24-Hour, which will be held in France in May 2010. Her previous longest race was the Heartland 100 Mile in Cassoday, Kansas in October, in which she finished 8th overall and first female. For that achievement, she was named USA Track & Field's "Athlete of the Week" on October 21.