History was made this past Sunday. Dominating the Napa Valley Marathon, women made up 51% of the registrants. Such luminaries as Joan Benoit Samuelson, gold medal winner of the first women’s 1984 Olympic marathon in Los Angeles, and Lorraine Moeller, bronze medalist at the 1992 Olympic games, were on hand for a panel of successful marathoning women. The large registration of women apparently leads us to understand there is a growing number nationally of female participants in road racing.
Joan Benoit Samuelson expressed the following sentiments: “In general, I think women are better at multi-tasking. They understand the importance of balance in one’s life. So, when you think of the mind, body, and spirit they want to make room for the body and physical fitness. Because running is so affordable and accessible it’s the ‘to-go’ sport for women.” Running is just one way for women to participate in sport. Playing in any sport can be especially good for girls and women. The research repeatedly emphasizes that girls who are involved in sports early on succeed better academically and in work. Our active participation in sports represents just another way we challenge, set up goals, and measure our strength.