UA Alum Features: Marathon Runner Jordan Snyder

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On a cool, slightly breezy morning, thousands of native and international runners lined up to race in downtown Dallas. The BMW Dallas Marathon, which began in 1971, is a nonprofit event that benefits Scottish Rite Hospital. Runners can participate in the full 26.2-mile marathon, the 13.1 mile-half marathon, or the Behringer Relay.

December 11 marked the 46th BMW Dallas Marathon; the newly designed course ran through downtown Dallas, highlighting famous landmarks and finishing near the Pioneer Plaza and cattle drive.

This year, two local runners captured the overall men and women titles; Keith Pierce, track coach at Denton Ryan High School, won with a time of 2:29:27, and female winner Jordan Snyder crossed the line with a time of 2:59:17. Snyder, born and raised in Dallas, graduated from Ursuline Academy in 2009.

Nearing the fourteenth mile of the full marathon, Snyder was unaware of her placement in the race until a cart pulled next to her and began asking questions about her running background and experiences. “I was like: ‘What place am I?’” said Snyder. “And they told me first. And I was like, ‘Really?’ Then I was like ‘Yes!’” she exclaimed. Snyder began the race behind Canadian Alexandra Garner, but after the 10k mark, she took the lead with a 6:36 per mile pace.

The Dallas Marathon was Snyder’s fifth marathon and her first victory. According to her grandmother Bobbi Snyder, “Jordan is an example to those in high school who didn’t take advantage of their athleticism and skillset or didn’t recognize it. She had an instinct for it and explored it and stared setting goals.”

Snyder was a standout soccer player at Ursuline, where she led her team to two state champion titles in 2008 and 2009 and was named to the 2009 TAPPS state championship all-tournament team. In addition to her success on the field, Snyder was a member of the National Honor Society and graduated summa cum laude with a 4.1 GPA. Following her successes at Ursuline, Snyder attended Notre Dame and played soccer for the Irish for two years and won the national championship during her sophomore year. She graduated from the College of Arts and Letters with a cumulative GPA of 3.733.

Currently, Snyder works in the finance department for a company in New York, and is a twenty-five-year-old self-coached marathon runner. After watching the New York City marathon in 2014, Snyder was inspired to run one herself.

She ran her first marathon two years ago, but “hit the wall” at mile 13, while in her second marathon, hit it at mile 22, when her legs felt like they were going to give out. However, in the Dallas Marathon, she never hit the infamous wall due to a smarter training regimen by working on a pacing strategy and finishing with energy in her legs.

After reaching her goal of breaking three hours for her time, Jordan looks forward to her next marathon. As a soccer player-turned-runner, Snyder exemplifies true athleticism and the ability to perform well in multiple sports.

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