Meet the 72-year-old Cancer Survivor Who Was Thrilled to Finish the Boston Marathon – Dead Last

It takes a special kind of person to make finishing a race dead last feel like a win, but Fran Drozdz is just that person.

A 72-year-old cancer survivor, Drozdz had run more than 75 marathons when she signed up for the Boston Marathon with a charity team supporting the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Source: Meet the 72-year-old cancer survivor who was thrilled to finish the Boston Marathon – dead last

Finishing is still quite the accomplishment.

Guy with Muscular Dystrophy Does Boston Marathon, Time: ~20 Hours

A Venezuelan man with muscular dystrophy was honored at City Hall on Tuesday after enduring about 20 hours of sometimes drenching rain, wind and cold to complete the Boston Marathon in the early morning hours.

…He and his team of volunteers endured torrential downpours, thunderstorms, biting wind and cold before being greeted at the Boylston Street finish line by dozens of cheering friends and supporters.

Source: Runner who finished marathon 20 hours after start ‘did it for Boston’


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Behind The Photo That Changed The Boston Marathon Forever

Everyone knows someone who’s run the marathon. Today’s big-city races—in places like Boston, New York, Berlin, and London—draw Olympic hopefuls competing for hundreds of thousands of dollars and hordes of weekend warriors raising money for their favorite charities or just hoping to check off “complete a marathon” on their bucket lists. Marathoning has birthed an industry of energy supplements and performance gear, training manuals and glossy magazines, corporate sponsorships and fitness expos. And nearly half of marathon entrants are women.

It’s an incredible change from 50 years ago. The very few marathons that did exist – even Boston’s, the oldest continuously run marathon in the world – attracted less than one thousand runners. The entrants were all amateurs; finishers at Boston were rewarded with a bowl of Dinty Moore beef stew. Oh, and the runners were all male. Women were banned from running marathons.

Source: Behind The Photo That Changed The Boston Marathon Forever

It’s spooky to read – similar to watching Mad Men, it’s weird to realize these are thing that happened within a generation or two.  I know numerous women who won’t watch Mad Men because they lived through that time period.

The story reminds me of how yoga is perceived in current culture.  That for some, it’s solely for women.  But there’s nothing inherently feminine about it.  That’s beside the fact that there’s a wide variety in yoga – on one end it can be entirely spiritual, physical at the other.