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Euleen Josiah-Tanner: Keeping Olympic Dreams Alive

Distance Runner, Euleen Josiah-Tanner
Distance Runner, Euleen Josiah-Tanner

Euleen Josiah-Tanner is a talented distance runner residing in Atlanta, Georgia. Born in Guyana, the Berbice native began her athletic career several years ago as a teenager. Euleen move to the United States in 1996 after graduating from the Cyril Potter College of Education with the goal of gaining a spot on the U.S. Olympic team. When she didn’t make the team, Euleen settled  in Atlanta where she attended Permeter College and Western International University, majoring in Business Management.

Euleen continued to work on her athletic career while she worked as an assistant manager at the World Congress Center in Atlanta.  It is there that she met and later married her husband, Raymel Tanner.

The 38-year-old petite runner, and now full-time mom of three, has competed successfully throughout the Caribbean, in Guyana and the US.  Over the years she has placed (overall) in the following races: 1st Place, the 2006 Jamaica Negril Marathon; 2nd Place, the 2007 Jamaica Negril Marathon; 3rd place, the 2007 South American 10k Classic; 1st Place, the 2009 and 2010 South DeKalb Striders 5k For Hope; 1st Place, the 2009 Strong Legs 5km Run; 1st Place, the 2010 Hope Clinic 5km; 1st Place, the 2010 Downtown Dash for Diabetes; and 1st Place, the 2010 Macon, Ga., Labor Day 10km. Euleen also was the first female Caribbean finisher for the 2010 Run Barbados Powerade Marathon.

Euleen won first place overall or first place woman overall in every race she finished in 2011 including First Place Overall, 2011 Atlanta Hunger Walk 5k; First Place Overall, Sickle Cell 7k;First Place Female, Smyrna Jonquil City Jog 5k; First Place Woman, Roswell Possum Trot 10k; First Place Overall, Atlanta HBCU 5k; First Place Woman, St. Kitts & Nevis Caricom 10k; First Place Overall, Decatur 5k for Hope; First Place Woman, Guyana Courts 10k; and First Place Woman, Peachtree City Classic 15k.

Euleen Josiah-Tanner awarded for winning 2011 CARICOM 10K Race
Euleen Josiah-Tanner awarded for winning 2011 CARICOM 10K Race

In 2012, Euleen finished fourth overall amongst tons of runners at the Publix International Cuties 5km race in Atlanta, 18:21 seconds behind three male runners.  She  scored her first victory for the year in March 2013, when she successfully defended her title in the Georgia Publix 5k road race also held in Atlanta, Georgia. She won that race in a time of 19:06 seconds. Three weeks later, Euleen finished third overall from a field of 232 athletes in the Dental Dash 5k road race in Atlanta, Georgia.  Euleen recently returned to Guyana in May 2013 for the Independence Day Half Marathan where she continued her dominance in the distance event to capture the women’s title.

Euleen’s motto is ‘train hard and win’ and said that her husband and extended family strongly support her athletic goals and her attention to her children’s education and development. “A vital part of my success is the support from my family,” she shared in an interview with Atlanta Blog, Cascade Patch.  “My mother Yvette Josiah and sister, Elizabeth, especially remind me to keep doing what I love doing and to never give up.” Euleen  acknowledges that doing what she’s doing is not an easy task. On average, she runs about 115 miles a week. She also does 200 push-ups, 200 sit-ups and 200 pull-ups a day. Every four or five weeks,  she competes in a 5k, 10k, half-marathon or other distance.

Inspired by the success of female runners in their late 30s and 40s such as American Deena Kastor, 38, and Russian Yekaterina Podkopayeva, who ran competitively into her mid-40s, Euleen says she has not given up on Olympic gold. “My plans are to continue to train at the highest level and get into a high-level training camp this year,” she shared. “My plan is to gain a spot on the Olympics team and bring back a gold medal to Atlanta.”

Euleen crosses the finish line during the 2013 Athletics Association of Guyana Annual Independence Half Marathon
Euleen crosses the finish line during the 2013 Athletics Association of Guyana Annual Independence Half Marathon
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