May 16, 2013: News Abounds and a Book is Published

Today is Thursday, May 16th.The Boston Athletic Association announced today that all of the marathoners who could not finish this year’s race because of the bombings are invited to return for next year’s race.  My friend Jeaney Garcia is one of those runners, and she is over-the-top excited to be included.  We are starting her new training schedule right away.

It is also my friend Joan Benoit Samuelson’s birthday.  How fitting.  Completely coincidental, my book was published and released just today.  Joanie wrote the foreward.  I am the recipient of a fine gift.  And yet it’s her birthday.  Thank you Joanie!

Thank you, Joe Henderson, for pacing me to this publishing finish line, in what I’d say was a 2:30 marathon.  Actually that comment originated with the co-author of our next book, Janet Heinonen.  We three JH’s have lived a good deal of running history together, and we have stories to tell.  Joe edited my book, coached and mentored me through the publishing process.  He applied what another friend said was “tough love,” making me write every word myself.  I had daily homework for months.  I am already having withdrawal symptoms! 

The print and e-book book is now available at  Amazon.com (following soon at Barnes & Noble):

A Long Time Coming: Running through the women’s marathon revolution

 

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224 pages

ISBN-13: 978-1484045220 (CreateSpace-Assigned)

ISBN-10: 148404522X

BISAC: Sports & Recreation / Running & Jogging

 

Women had to travel a long, hard road to equality in long-distance running. The 26.2-mile distance was the least of this effort. In the 1960s, when Jacqueline Hansen began running, the longest Olympic women’s race was 800 meters – less than half a mile. She grew up with the sport, running her first marathon in 1972, winning the Boston Marathon in 1973, then setting world records in 1974 (first sub-2:45 time for a woman) and 1975 (with the first sub-2:40). Her efforts for women’s running rights were just beginning then. Hansen became a crusader for this cause, and her work with the International Runners Committee helped convince sports officials to add the marathon to the Olympic program in 1984. The inaugural marathon champion, Joan Benoit Samuelson, writes in the Foreword: “How fitting it was that the first Olympic Marathon for women was run in Jacqueline’s hometown of Los Angeles. Her book tells the story of a true pioneer, who has lived the history of our sport and has helped make possible all that we runners do today.”