2006 Bradley Award: Laura Hayden

2006 Margaret L. Bradley Award Winner
Announced for The LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon

August 14, 2006
From press release

Boston, MA—August 14, 2006—Greater Boston Track Club president Bruce Davie announced that team member Laura Hayden would receive the second half of the 2006 Margaret L. Bradley Award.

This is given in honor of Margaret L. Bradley, a member of GBTC who died in the Grand Canyon on July 10, 2004, at the age of 24. She ran the 2003 LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon in 2:58:52 and led the GBTC women’s team to victory in the 2004 Boston Marathon with a time of 3:04:54, finishing as 31st woman. Margaret lived in Chicago in 2003 and 2004, and while living there she competed with the Universal Sole track club.

The award is given twice yearly by Bradley’s two track clubs, GBTC and Universal Sole. The first half is travel expenses to the Boston Marathon in April for a member of Universal Sole and the second half is an award for a member of GBTC to travel to Chicago for The LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon in October. The recipient is chosen on the basis of her athletic, social, and academic similarity to the eponymous Margaret L. Bradley.

Hayden graduated from University of Michigan in 2002 majoring in English and Psychology. She has run a mile in 4:58, 10:01 3km, 17:54 5km, 2:15 800. In 2004 she ran on the Greater Boston Track Club team that won the team prize in the Boston Marathon with Margaret Bradley (Bradley ran 3:04:54, Jess Blake, 3:14:44, Laura Hayden ran 3:38:54.)

Katie Wales of Universal Sole received the first award and ran the 2005 Boston Marathon under similarly hot conditions to those in which Margaret ran in the previous year. Amazingly, she ran exactly the same time, 3:04:54, as Margaret had run. Katie Famous of GBTC received the reciprocal award to run the 2005 Chicago Marathon, where she debuted in 3:10:06.

The GBTC is trying to build an endowment that will enable this award to be given in perpetuity. You can make a tax-deductible donation to the endowment. For more information or to make a donation, please contact the chair of the Margaret Bradley award committee at www.gbtc.org.