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Jill Biden is the running First Lady

The new President's wife is a keen runner and charity event supporter

Today (Wednesday 20 January 2021) will see the inauguration of the 46th President of the United States of America as Joe Biden takes the solemn oath of office for a four-year term in the White House, Washington DC. 

While the world waits with bated breath to see how policies will change and what the new President will focus on in the coming days, one thing is certain – Washington DC Race for the Cure will be high on the priority list if the First Lady has anything to do with it!

Joe and Jill Biden have been joint Honorary Chair for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure for the past two years and are keen to maintain their association with the event. Previously, up to 50,000 have participated in some of 100 or so breast cancer awareness 5K runs and fitness walks, raising huge sums and providing life-saving education for many thousands of women. 

Jill Biden was an English teacher in Virginia and obtained a doctorate in pedagogy aged 55. She has used the pseudonym Doctor B to maintain a degree of anonymity while establishing the Biden Breast Health Initiative that has taken the vital message of breast health and self-examination to more than 10,000 young women in high schools in Delaware.

runABC can now also report that the new First Lady is a keen and accomplished runner herself. Apart from numerous appearances in the Race for the Cure, Jill Biden has completed many 10K and 10-mile races, plus one 26.2 miler – the 1998 Marine Corps Marathon (4:30:32).  

While she has no immediate plans to run another marathon, Doctor B has not ruled it out. Her training consists of daily five-mile runs at better than 10min/mile pace, which should keep her security detail on their toes! It was while acting as the official starter for the Race for the Cure with her husband that Jill Biden got started. In her own words: “After sounding the horn, we ran to get out of everyone’s way, and I got so winded that I said, 'I’m going to start running'.” 

Joe Biden has already pledged 100 million vaccinations within 100 days of his new administration to tackle coronavirus. It will be interesting to see if the USA's health in more general terms will benefit from the new influences present in the White House. And whether Jill Biden's new training programme will incorporate a Capitol Hill session! 

Image: Jill Biden on Wikimedia Commons

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