Joanie Benoit Samuelson, Gold Medalist, 1984 Olympics, Women's Marathon.  Inaugural running of the Women's Olympic Marathon.  She is still the(wo)MAN of the marathon world.

Joanie Benoit Samuelson, Gold Medalist, 1984 Olympics, Women's Marathon. Inaugural running of the Women's Olympic Marathon. She is still the(wo)MAN of the marathon world.

Joan "Joanie" Benoit-Samuelson. Won the 1979 Boston Marathon at age 22. Won it again in 1983 with the world-record time of 2:22:43. She won gold at the 1984 Summer Olympics in the first ever women's Olympic marathon.

Samuelson in Marathon to celebrate Title IX

Joan "Joanie" Benoit-Samuelson. Won the 1979 Boston Marathon at age 22. Won it again in 1983 with the world-record time of 2:22:43. She won gold at the 1984 Summer Olympics in the first ever women's Olympic marathon.

Deena Kastor bronze medal olympics 2004... most inspirational running moment of my life

TRACK & FIELD / SWEAT AND TEARS / Devers, Radcliffe can't finish; Kastor overjoyed to earn bronze

Deena Kastor bronze medal olympics 2004... most inspirational running moment of my life

You may find your passion in unusual places....  April Holmes, Paralympic gold medalist in the 100-meter dash. In 2001, at age 27, the former college track star lost her left leg from the knee down in a train accident.

You may find your passion in unusual places.... April Holmes, Paralympic gold medalist in the 100-meter dash. In 2001, at age 27, the former college track star lost her left leg from the knee down in a train accident.

Bill Rodgers runs along the route during the 1980 Boston Marathon. Rodgers won the event and was crowned mens champion for the fourth time in five years.

Bill Rodgers runs along the route during the 1980 Boston Marathon. Rodgers won the event and was crowned mens champion for the fourth time in five years.

Bill Rodgers (Need I say more?) If you don't know then look him up :)

Bill Rodgers: Relentless

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