Running With Cervixes: Women Overcome Hurdles

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As recently as the 1970s women were banned from participating in marathons. Now, middle-aged women who were discouraged from the sport when they were younger are taking up running for the first time.


Women were not allowed to run the Boston Marathon until 1972, and female runners faced discrimination throughout the '70s. Nina Kuscsik, the first woman to run in the New York Marathon and the first woman to win the Boston Marathon, tells the Times, "If I went out to run and it rained, the police would stop me ... They thought I was running away from something." Over the years, women have gradually gained respect in the sport, and proven that often they can outrun the men. In 1964 the record for the world's best marathon time was set by a man at 3:27:45, but today Paula Radcliffe holds the world record for women's marathon, with a time of 2:15:25. Many older women running today didn't take up the sport until later in life, like Imme Dyson, who started running when she was 47. Today at 72, she is still runs every day and dominates her age group in races and marathons. [NY Times]

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How about NO ONE runs marathons. People seem to forget that at the end of the "first marathon" the dude DIED.

"The name marathon comes from the legend of Pheidippides, a Greek messenger. The legend states that he was sent from the town of Marathon to Athens to announce that the Persians had been defeated in the Battle of Marathon.[2] It is said that he ran the entire distance without stopping and burst into the assembly, exclaiming "Νενικήκαμεν" (Nenikékamen, 'We have won.') before collapsing and dying."