Nicole Schowengerdt placed in the top 8 percent of the Rock the Parkway half marathon in Kansas City, Mo. on April 12.
Schowengerdt, 31, was 380th out of 4,933 finishing runners. She finished in one hour and 44 minutes, averaging a 7 minute and 59-second mile. She placed 18th in her age group, which is in the top 3 percent.
“My goal was just to try a half marathon to see what I could do,” she said.