New sponsorship enables Tucson runner Sarah Sellers to run, exercise while juggling job and motherhood | Tucson Sports
In February 2020, Tucson marathon runner Sarah Sellers finished 11th in the US Olympic Marathon Trials in Atlanta, missing out on a place at the Tokyo Games by less than three minutes.
Before Sellers, 30, could even figure out what to do next, the world was engulfed in the coronavirus pandemic and racing was stopped.
Sellers then found out that she was pregnant with their first child. The nurse anesthetist in Tucson set herself a few goals: the first was to be a good mom, but close behind her goal was to get back into racing after giving birth – and hopefully quickly.
Sellers gave birth to a daughter, Emery Jane, in January. While the long-distance runner feels good with her first goal, the second wasn’t that easy.
“I was trying to get back so fast, it was a really tough time,” said Sellers, who first made headlines in 2018 when she finished second in the Boston Marathon out of nowhere. “My body didn’t come back as quickly as I had hoped.”
Sellers faces a dilemma common to working mothers everywhere: should they prioritize their dreams or focus on their child?
Fortunately, Sellers didn’t have to choose yet. A recent $ 25,000 sponsorship by Ally Financial as part of the new #TheUnsponsored campaign will provide sellers with cash to train with.