Full-time Philadelphia nurse Samantha Roecker, 27, is making waves in the distance running world after a third-place finish at the California International Marathon in December. Roecker, who is unsponsored, finished the 26.2-mile race in 2:30:25, two minutes behind the winner.
Her finish time smashed her previous marathon PR by nearly eight minutes and ranked her as the 12
Roecker logs about 100 miles a week, running whenever she can, usually around 5:30 in the morning before tackling four
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