Transgender Athlete Covers Women’s Running ‘Body Issue’

Jersey City software engineer Amelia Gapin.

Hitting newsstands today, the July issue of Women’s Running features a cover story contributed by freelance writer Savita Iyer. Titled “Body in Motion,” it’s all about the challenges faced by transgender runners and anchors the publication’s annual “Body Issue.”

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That’s Amelia Gapin, a transgender runner from Jersey City, N.J., on the cover. She was photographed on the Brooklyn Bridge at sunrise, following a chilly early morning run. From the cover story:

Gapin finally decided to undergo the [reassignment surgery] procedure, because “my big goal is to qualify for the Boston Marathon, and I can’t qualify for it as a woman without having surgery,” she says. “I knew the recovery process would be tough, and knowing that I wouldn’t be able to run for some months was holding me back – but it was also starting to increasingly feel as though not having surgery was holding me back from running, so I finally decided to do it.”

Among the other transgender runners featured in the cover story is San Francisco State University professor Marilyn Mitchell, who tells the magazine she will soon be releasing a solo album, “Be Alive,” inspired by her male-to-female transition. Gapin is the first transgender woman to be featured on a Women’s Running cover.