Living Green Olympia: Olympia & 1st Olympic Women's Marathon Trials - Your Tuesday Tidbit

Olympia & 1st Olympic Women's Marathon Trials - Your Tuesday Tidbit

As many of us are enjoying watching the Winter Olympics, I have been thinking back to May of 1984 when Olympia, WA hosted the first ever Women's Marathon Trials.  Olympia has always had an active running community, and the excitement of watching that marathon race in our town spurred many more of us to try to become runners (not necessarily marathon runners, mind you, but runners.  OK... joggers).

Joan Benoit Samuelson ran this 26.2 mile race just about 2 1/2 weeks after having arthroscopic knee surgery, but she won the trials - & went on to win gold at that first women's marathon race in the Los Angeles Olympics.  

Olympia turned out in large numbers along the race course to marvel at these women running very, very long distances.  The three women who finished first and qualified for the US Olympic team were exciting to see, as was at least one pregnant woman who ran, finished, and inspired.  Pretty much our entire neighborhood gathered at the end of the street where we had ring side seats to see the women running past - I believe by then they were at about the 20 mile mark of the race - & going strong!



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Comment balloon 0 commentsNancy Conner • February 23 2010 06:12PM