How far can you run in 24 hours? Oksana Loginova, an associate professor of economics at the University of Missouri, can cover 107.5 miles, which she accomplished last year during The 24 Hour Lions Roar, a competitive running event in Columbia, Missouri. She placed second overall and first in her division, finishing 20 miles ahead of the next woman runner.
While a daylong run might seem extreme to some people, it’s par for the course for Loginova, who discovered a passion for staying active while she and her husband were pursuing their doctoral degrees. They began with rock climbing and would often include their children in their activities. Today, Loginova and her husband still exercise together, taking on a wide variety of fitness endeavors available in Columbia.
Inside the classroom, Loginova teaches and conducts research in microeconomic theory, game theory and industrial organization. Outside of the classroom, the mother of three leads an active personal life, spending her down time exercising in every way possible. Whether it's bicycling to work or preparing for her next race, Loginova is on the move.
Loginova’s passion for activity extends beyond vigorous exercise. She and her husband also are avid ballroom dancers and have been taking private lessons since 2006. A few years ago, the couple even took up pottery and tap dancing.
When she isn’t teaching or conducting research, Loginova is participating in other activities on campus. She is the director of diversity, equity and inclusion in the Department of Economics, leads the Economic Honors Society and facilitates a group called Graduate Women in Economics.