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Title IX legacy for my generation: Run for joy without judgment

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

By Olivia Lynch Title IX was designed to give women the resources and opportunities to prove their abilities on and off the field. However, strangely enough, what I most appreciate about Title IX (as it relates to sports) is the way in which it has catalyzed the creation of an athletic environment in which ...

The IAAF has a Bunny Problem (not just in women’s marathoning)

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

By Laura Pappano The international track federation’s (IAAF) decision to nullify women’s marathon records from mixed-sex events reflects a crude double standard: Men can have rabbits; women can’t. The use of pacesetters is common in running, from short track distances to marathons. Boston and New York no longer allow pacesetters, but many ...

Hitting the wall: Why have women’s marathon times stalled?

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

By Laura Pappano Whether or not the IAAF decides to recognize as a new world record Geoffrey Mutai’s win in the Boston Marathon, crossing in 2:03:02 – 57 seconds faster than Haile Gebreselassie’s 2008 record of 2:03:59 – is, in some ways, immaterial. He was fast. He was so thrillingly fast (and ...

Why at 57 I decided to run the Boston Marathon — nine times (plus NYC once, too)

Monday, April 19th, 2010

[caption id="attachment_1264" align="aligncenter" width="645" caption="That's me in the blue, heading up Heartbreak Hill"][/caption] By Davi-Ellen Chabner On this morning of the 2010 Boston Marathon, I‘m thinking about where I have been for the past nine years:  At the starting line in Hopkinton, wondering if I have it in me to run through ...

Boston Marathon: Many women as fast as men (in their age group)

Monday, April 20th, 2009

By Laura Pappano The lead women's pack at mile 18 of The Boston Marathon 2009 One of the most frustrating things about watching the Boston Marathon is that it’s hard to tell how fast the runners are. I’m not talking TV coverage or the delay in the Boston Athletic Association website in ...

Crank up the volume: Boston Marathoners count on Wellesley Scream Tunnel

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

By Sarah Odell As a freshmen at Wellesley College, I gawked at a larger than life poster hanging in Boston’s Prudential Center that featured a blurred runner and hundreds of smart, attractive, and energetic women cheering wildly, along with the tag line: “Sometimes losing your hearing is the best inspiration.” “What is ...