Joanie NCAA’s ‘Student-Athlete of the Week’

Joan Benoit Samuelson '79 at the 2011 Boston Marathon.

Joan Benoit Samuelson ’79 at the 2011 Boston Marathon.


The NCAA has named Olympic gold medalist and repeat Boston Marathon winner Joan Benoit Samuelson ’79 this week’s “40 in 40” student-athlete.

During a yearlong celebration of its 40th anniversary, is publishing 40 weekly profiles of student-athletes who’ve attended member institutions during the past four decades.

The profile highlights not only Benoit Samuelson’s athletic accomplishments, but the ways in which she has given back — using her platform to champion a healthy environment, and founding the Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race, which supports a number of charities in her beloved home state of Maine. Read the profile.


  1. This is really cool at her age. She participant in the Athletic Director’s Academic Roundtable. Joni has participated in community service programs that have benefited Special Olympics and needy families in the Athens area.

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