First transgender female athlete to compete at the US Olympic Marathon trials

Megan Youngren, 29, to become the first-ever transgender woman to compete at the US Olympic Marathon trials in two weeks.

The 29-year-old will make history on February 29 in Atlanta, where she will compete against 63 women for a spot on the Olympic team to compete at the Summer Games in Tokyo later this year. 

Youngren started her transition from male to female when she was a college student in 2011. She officially confirmed her paperwork last year. Youngren started running in 2013 to lose weight and increase her health after transitioning.

In 2017 she competed in her first marathon in Fairbanks. She is the first female transgender athlete to compete in the US marathon not the first transgender athlete.

Previously, Chris Mosier became the first openly transgender male athlete to qualify to compete in the Olympic trials for the men’s 50km race walk.