She was a regular She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed, and I want to tell you it chilled me to the marrow, sent those little thrills Marathoning
up and down my spinal column, meeting a white woman out there at the head of a tribe of savages a thousand miles the other side of No Man's Land.
"The number of people who have registered at such an early date continues to illustrate the growing popularity of marathoning
and is a compliment to the quality of our event," Choate said in early January, adding that the surge in entries "reinforces our belief our race competes on a world stage with races much older and larger than ours."
It was another women's foray into marathoning
that had an even larger impact on women's participation.
(Adapted from Advanced Marathoning
by Pete Pfitzinger and Scott Douglas, 2001, Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL, $18.95, 237 pp.)