It was already a big day at Runner’s World: Global Running Day. It got even bigger with the announcement that Betty Wong Ortiz will be RW’s new editor in chief—the first woman to hold the title at the 51-year-old magazine. The news comes as 57 percent of road race finishers last year were women.
“I’m so excited and honored to lead such an iconic media brand as Runner’s World, a resource that has for years guided me through my personal running adventures, which include five marathons and nearly 20 half marathons,” Wong Ortiz said.
Wong Ortiz will provide direction for all RW editorial platforms, including print, web, and social channels. The announcement was made by Bill Strickland, editorial director for Rodale, which owns RW.
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