David Watts, Jr.



       True Pioneers of Womens’ Running Appear in

    Boston in the Run Up to the 2017 Boston Marathon

During the 2017 Boston Marathon weekend, Runner’s World magazine had a pop-up store on Boylston Street, Boston, directly across from the Hynes Auditorium. One of the series of panel discussions over the weekend featured pioneering women runners. (l to r) Patti Catalano Dillon (one of the most dominant women road runners of the 1970s), Sara Mae Berman (Boston Marathon women’s pre-sanctioned era winner: 1969, 1970, 1971), Bobbi Gibb (first woman to run the Boston Marathon in 1966; BAA women’s pre-sanctioned era winner: 1966, 1967,1968), Cheryl Bridges Treworgy (first woman to receive an athletic scholarship to a public university; marathon record holder, 1971 Culver City Marathon), and Julia Chase-Brand (first woman to run an 880-yard race, 1960, which she won).

Originally to be a participant in the panel discussion, Boston parking issues delayed the arrival of Nina Kuscsik until the panel had just ended. Seen here with panel moderator, runner-writer Amby Burfoot, Kuscsik was the first official women’s Boston marathon winner in 1972, the first year women were allowed to run the race with a BAA issued number. Amby Burfoot is the author of First Ladies of Running: 22 Inspiring Profiles of the Rebels, Rule Breakers and Visionaries Who Changed the Sport Forever.


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