Running has always been a constant in Joanna Line’s life. Line, Ph.D., assistant professor of sport management, has always used running as a way to challenge herself, from her time as a collegiate athlete, to training in Ethiopia with an elite distance running team in post-grad, to now actively participating in marathons. She has also spent years as an educator and coach at the Division I and Division III levels. Line loves pushing herself to challenge the narrative that competitive athletes stop competing after graduating college. 

In September, Line laced up for the 21st annual FirstEnergy Akron Marathon in Akron, Ohio, which took place as part of the 2023 Akron Marathon Race Series presented by Summa Health. Line finished first in the women’s division of the marathon out of 226 females and eleventh out of 696 total runners. Earlier this year, Line also placed first out of 366 females in the Goodyear Half Marathon as part of the Akron Marathon Race Series.  

Line competes frequently in races, from 5k’s to marathons. In 2022, she was inducted into the Oberlin College Athletics Hall of Fame for her success as a collegiate cross country and track athlete, earning seven NCAA All-American honors during her career. Active in her research as well, Line is an Adidas & Athlete Ally Research Fellow as well as an Athletics Inclusive Climate & Belonging Senior Specialist, where she focuses on feminist cultural studies and promoting LGBTQ+ inclusion in sports. 

Learn more about Hiram’s sport management degree program.

By Taylor Cook