Boston Marathon, Rosie Ruiz, New York Marathon discussed on Parcast Presents

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Somewhere near the ten mile. Mark near Nineteenth Street in Brooklyn or we had a change of heart either due to injury or due to exhaustion. She walked off the course and left the race. That didn't mean she had given up on her goal of finishing however far from it she had just decided to take a little shortcut. Ruiz's descended into the subway system and got onto the one train going North into Manhattan. She took a seat and kept her head down trying not to draw any attention to herself with thousands of people participating in the New York Marathon. It wouldn't have seemed that unusual to see a runner on the train. After a few stops release felt more comfortable and struck up a conversation with a woman named Susan Morrow was sitting next to her as it turned out the two of them were going to the same place. The marathon's finish line in central park. Ruiz told Moro that she twisted her ankle at the ten mile mark of the marathon but wanted to cheer on the other runners at the end of the race. Moral was headed to see her friend. Cross the finish line ruis and her new friend off the subway at Columbus Circle and made their way into central park. Ruis was noticeably limping and would occasionally on moral shoulders. They pushed through the crowd in police barricades to get to the finish line as they made their way through. The crowd. Ruis grabbed a can of juice and poured it. Over her head moreover. I thought that was odd but reason that it was a quirky runners. Habit when the two of them reached the final barricade. Ruiz declared herself and injured runner and was helped into the medical tent. Then are we told the medical staff at the marathon that she'd already completed the race. They credited her a time of two hours. Fifty six minutes and twenty nine seconds ranking her at twenty third place among all women that time also qualified her for the Boston Marathon. One of the most famous and celebrated running events in the world after briefly receiving treatment on her ankle. Ruis emerged from the medical tent and found Moro. They exchanged contact information. Andrew we suggested the two could have lunch the next week then. Res Disappeared into the crowd as loved everything about the marathon the thrill of the races beginning the camaraderie with other runners and the victory of finishing the only part she didn't like was having to actually run all twenty six miles but she had seemingly found a way around that when she returned to work. The following Monday release received a hero's welcome. Her coworkers were shocked and impressed by her achievement and Ruiz soaked in the attention. Her boss who also happen to be. A runner was particularly impressed after finding out that her time qualified her for the Boston marathon he generously offered to pay for wiest trip to compete in April her. We graciously accepted but despite her supposed successes all is not well for Rosie Ries in the days and weeks following her surprisingly strong finish in the New York Marathon. She began to feel increasingly nervous. Her fraudulent act hadn't just impressed her roommates and friends. It had also created expectations among her co workers and her boss now had to be met. She couldn't risk letting them all down even worse if she performed badly in Boston she'd risked revealing that her New York marathon finish was ally so she trained with the intention of running the full race in addition to wanting to prove herself rees also knew that her cheat in Newark wasn't guaranteed to work in Boston which was a more prestigious race with greater media. Attention and scrutiny in the five months between the New York marathon in the Boston Marathon. Ruis ran as much as she could. Outside of work as the race approached in the spring of nineteen eighty however ruis likely knew she wasn't ready the truth was she wouldn't be able to legitimately come close to the two hours fifty six minutes. She supposedly accomplished in New York and it was even more likely that she wouldn't be able to finish the race at all but she couldn't quit. She had to see it through on April twentieth. Nineteen eighty the night before the marathon ruis called her mother in Miami. She asked her mother to pray for her and said that she needed to win. Her mother applied that she always prayed for her. The next morning we left her hotel and walked to the starting area of the Nineteen Eighty Boston. Marathon it would be the most consequential day of her entire life. When we come back Rosie Ruis takes on the Boston marathon now. Back to the story as twenty six year old Rosie. Ruiz stepped up to the starting line of the Nineteen Eighty Boston Marathon. She felt a huge amount of pressure to perform. Not only did she feel the personal pressure to replicate her supposedly great finish in the nineteen seventy nine New York marathon but she also felt as though she was carrying the burden of the women who came before her. She couldn't let herself do significantly worse in Boston. Let alone fail to finish and risk revealing that. Her performance in New York was ally too much was at stake her reputation her job and possibly even the reputation of women's long distance running the Boston. Marathon was one of the first races established after the eighteen ninety six Olympics and was first held one year later on April nineteenth eighteen ninety seven quickly established itself as one of the most respected and celebrated running events in the world and remains today the world's oldest annual marathon when marathons I began. They were only open to male runners and it took nearly seventy five years for the Boston Marathon to be open to women in one thousand nine hundred sixty six twenty four year old. Roberta Gibbs submitted an application for the Boston marathon but was rejected by the race director. Who stated that women were physiologically incapable of running long distances? Gabe refused to accept that instead. She took a bus from San Diego to Boston and hid in the bushes as the race started. After a few moments and wearing a bulky sweater she surreptitiously jumped into the crowd of runners within a few minutes. The runners around realized that give was a woman and gave her their support. After they told Gibbs that they wouldn't let the race organizers. Throw her out give took offer sweatshirt and revealed her gender by the end of the marathon. She was a celebrity. The Governor of Massachusetts arrived to shake her hand as she crossed the finish line. Still the race refused to allow women but give at inspired them to run it anyway. The next year twenty nine year old Katherine Switzer registered as a male to get a number and penny then finished the race. Despite a race officials attempt to physically remove her from the race. Thanks to the efforts of women like give and Switzer the amateur Athletic Union finally permitted women to running marathons in nineteen seventy two that year. Eight women started the race and all finished by the time. Rosie Ruis arrived in Boston in one thousand nine hundred eighty. The number of women running had risen to four hundred fifty six still a fraction compared to the five thousand male runners when Rosie. Ruiz woke up on the morning of April. Twenty first nineteen eighty. She may have intended on running the race legitimately despite her lies about finishing the New York Marathon. She might have still been conflicted about doing the same in Boston and may have wanted to prove to herself that she could run the entire race but cheating was always an option. The weather was warm that morning when Rosie Ruiz left her hotel. She took the train to the suburb of. Hopkinton where she meant. Four hundred and fifty five other women and over five thousand men at the starting line of the marathon. She received the official number W fifty signifying that. She was the fiftieth ranked woman in the race. Thanks to her supposed finish in New York Jacqueline Guiraud. A Canadian runner was the favourite to win the women's race. She'd won the national capital Marathon in Ottawa. The year before and many of the spectators in Boston that day were there to see. If Garo could win another Garros stiffest competition was with American Patti. Lyons who came in second in the New York Marathon. Twenty six year old Rosie. Ruiz was not on anyone's radar despite her high rank and her strong finish in New York but ruis was there to win and was willing to do whatever it took to achieve first place. The starting gun was fired. Fans cheered as Rosy Ruis and a five thousand other runners set off on the twenty six mile journey to shoulder in a massive swarm. It wasn't long before her legs and feet began to tire. Her breathing became more labored as deep down understood that Oliver Training hadn't truly prepared her for a full marathon. She was never going to finish all twenty six miles not long into the race. Ruis had a momentous decision to make..

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