Cain earns USA team gold at world marathon championships
Dr. Janet Cain (left) joins two of her gold-medal-winning USA teammates on the podium after the recent world championship marathon in Sacramento.
While it wasn’t surprising to see that Dr. Janet Cain, a clinical psychologist in the Valley and a well-known and successful long-distance runner on the local, NorCal and national scenes, turned in another impressive marathon performance, her most recent effort will definitely rank near the top of her accomplishments.
On Sunday, July 17, Cain ran as a member of the United States 60-to-64-year-old women’s team in the world championship marathon in Sacramento and, along with her teammates, left their competition in the dust en route to winning the gold medal with an eye-opening group-time of 2 hours, 52 minutes.
Individually, Cain finished the world championship marathon – taking place in the United States for the first time in 16 years – with a solid third-place time of 3:37.23, which combined with two teammates taking second- and fourth-places resulted in achieving an age-group first-place for the USA.
Cain, who runs nationally for the Impalas women’s running team, was the national marathon champion in the women’s 55-to-59-year-old age-group in 2009, when she also has ran her 25th Boston Marathon and 50th overall marathon, which she followed up with her age-group victory at the Napa Marathon.
Besides her individual and team achievements, Cain is also the captain of Sonoma’s Club Dave team that annually participates in the “The Relay,” which is the nation’s second largest long-distance relay run and benefits Organs-R-Us. The challenging 199-mile relay starts in Calistoga, passes through the Valley, and ends on the Boardwalk in Santa Cruz.