GU Executive Leads USA in World Mountain Running

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 GU product development executive Magdalena Lewy-Boulet led the United States to a 5th-place showing in the Senior Women’s division of the 2013 World Mountain Running Championships.

The race took place on September 8th and showcased not only Lewy-Boulet, but also Christine Lundy in 29th place and Megan Lizotte, who came in 32nd. The 43-year-old Lundy, who finished in 47:08 and Lizotte, 30, helped the USA women to snag fifth place behind teams from Italy, Great Britain, Ireland and Turkey.

Lewy-Boulet’s time of 44:56 was the 11th-best in the race, which took place at a ski resort in the Jaworzna Mountains of Poland near the Slovenian border. Competitors raced through two loops on a mixed grass and dirt over a technical course totaling nine kilometers in distance and more than 1700 feet of climbing.

It was a return home for Lewy-Boulet, a native of Poland, who said, “The race is only about three hours from where I grew up, so a few of my family members drove out to watch me race. It is an incredible feeling to have the opportunity to represent the USA in Poland. I felt an incredible sense of pride, and connection.”

Lewy-Boulet, 40, represented the United States in the marathon at the Beijing Olympic Games. For the World Mountain Running Championship, she was chosen to be the flag-bearer for Team USA, which also came away with a 4th place finish for the Senior Men; 5th place for the Junior (under 20) Men and a promising 2nd place showing for the USA Junior Men.

Lewy-Boulet, who heads up product development and testing at GU Energy, said, “I was honored to be chosen by my USA teammates to be their flag-bearer, and the Polish team was also very welcoming. It was an amazing experience, to be sure.”

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