Jordan Marie

JORDAN MARIE "BRINGS
THREE WHITE HORSES" DANIEL

Tongva Lands/Los Angeles, CA

 
 

Instagram:
@nativein_la

 
 

Specialty:
Trail and Marathon

Jordan is a fourth-generation runner who’s been running since she was 10 years old. What began as continuing family tradition transformed to representation in the sport as a Native athlete. Throughout the years of her high school, collegiate, and post-collegiate career, Jordan found a much deeper connection to her surroundings and to nature through running. She was able to find running to be for herself and no one else, a powerful discovery.  

As time went on, Jordan began to start community organizing and advocating for Indigenous peoples and the injustices impacting so many POC and marginalized communities, running was a way to her disconnect and help manage the stress. Then, Jordan saw running become a platform for social change on the competitive platform in 2018, 2019, and present day, to intersect sport and advocacy. It was a way for her to raise awareness about an issue of the epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous relatives, to now including our Black communities as well.  

Running remains a way for Jordan to continue to connect, to continue to push herself, and run toward her goals and ambitions, but also to give visibility to the issues that are important, and that the world should be informed about. It’s a delicate balance to manage and one Jordan is still figuring out – but she's excited and grateful to be on this running journey personally and for our communities. 

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Accomplishments:
  • Mile – 4:42 

  • 3k – 9:49 

  • 5k: 16:58 

  • 10k: 36:47 

  • 13.1: 1:20:34 

  • Marathon: 3:02 

  • Trail Races: x 3 50k  

  • Prayer Run: 1 – 4:47 

  • Prayer Runs: x 17 

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How fast do you think you could run a backwards mile?
 
8 minutes – I’ve never tried it but now I’m motivated to see what I can do! 
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What is one of your most memorable non-competition runs?

I have two! One, I was running on the track with my grandfather (who took me on my first run at age 10) as I was doing intervals and he was trying to challenge me before he passed away. And the second one was running with 10 other Native runners on our 360-mile prayer run in September 2020. It was truly a beautiful, meaningful and powerful time to come together and laugh with them all and offer prayers for our communities impacted by COVID-19. 

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If you had to pick one race or event this year that you anticipate will be your most proud achievement or moment, which one would it be and why? Do you have a special connection?

For me, it would be the Boston Marathon in October 2021. This is where I ran my first Prayer Run for 26 missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. This is the race that gave my running new purpose, to help raise awareness and give back. It’ll be incredible to come back to this course and race again, especially being able to train for it (for the 2019 race, I only had five weeks to prepare since I was asked to run and be a chaperone for Wings of America). I’m really excited to go back – run in prayer and continue to give back through running and advocacy. 

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What is your favorite event to watch that you don’t participate in?

I love watching the 400 and 800 (I’ve never been a sprinter, my mom was), and I enjoy watching sport climbing (but I keep my distance and just enjoy watching). 

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WOULD YOU RATHER:

 
Eat a slice of pizza mid-race or drink a milkshake?

Slice of pizza! 

Run on an empty stomach or a full bladder? 

Full bladder. 

Do a beer mile or a milk mile?

Beer mile.

Run in the freezing cold or the sweltering heat?

Freezing cold – love my layers! 

Be met at the finish line with your favorite beverage or favorite meal?

Favorite beverage! 

Come across a snake or a rat on your run?

Rat.

Run with a blister on your foot or a cramp in your side?

Cramp!

Give up core work or stretching and still stay injury-free?

Core work.

Run uphill in the first half of your run or the second?

Uphill in the first half.