Monday, June 25, 2012

Title IX group run- a meet up with elites

I can't imagine not being allowed to play sports in high school.

Many people reading this will not be able to remember a time when women were not able to participate in school athletics. I was born after Title IX was first passed, but remember hearing much of it as a kid.

Today I am incredibly grateful to have been born in an era, and to live in a culture, where women are allowed to compete in sport.

Saturday, wearing my Brooks at the Nike Store, I was able to join many other women and men to listen to Joan Benoit Samuelson speak about what Title IX meant for her, and a little about her time in Eugene preparing for the first women's Olympic Marathon- which she won.

Joan Benoit was a teenager when the first sports were available to girls at school.  Had soccer been one of the options for girls, she said she might be doing that now instead of running!

There was a group run to follow the brief talk- 9k, with shorter options. I lost the main group and Joan, but ran my own short route. (My first run back after 9 days off felt pretty good, but I kept it very slow as my heart rate rose pretty quickly.)





Also, I was happy to meet a Eugene resident I recognized- Nicole Teter- (holds the 800M indoor American record).

We are almost the same age and talked about running shoes, injuries and kids!  She's as real as they get- super nice,  and I hope to run into her in town again.

I spent the rest of the day buzzing around Eugene with a friend at the Trials in the section that is free to wander through. Excitement was high! I can't wait for Thursday!! Right now I am going solo to watch, unless I can somehow manage to find another ticket.

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A video of Joan getting the first women's gold medal in the marathon- worth the time if you have never seen it!

40 comments:

  1. Woo, what fun! I bet that is great to have the Trials right there.

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    1. Sometimes I really wish I lived right in town (like this week!), but being rural and only an hour from Eugene has it's perks. :)

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  2. I met a woman at a race last New Year's day who vividly remembers Title IX and how she was slightly ahead of the curve but had a great high school coach would would let her run with the boys. Very interesting to talk to her. I was alive and in elementary school but so non athletic I dont' remember it at all.

    Thanks for the comment on my blog. I do think it is doable -- just a lot to do!! Ah well. Will be fun.

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    1. I wasn't too athletic in grade school either, Tricia, but high school would have been so different for me without soccer, swimming and tennis. So grateful to have been able to compete! You'll get there, And CIM is supposed to be such a great course. :)

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  3. What a neat experience! I've always had sports, and I'm so thankful for that. I hope girls are always able to take participating equally for granted.

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    1. We are very fortunate here- but there are still plenty of countries where most sports are not open to women.

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  4. What an inspiring weekend! Have fun!

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  5. How special. You look great in that picture with Nicole. I can't imagine...what ever would I have done after school if there was no practice to get to? Thank you Title IX.

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    1. I would have found trouble...or too much TV, I bet.

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  6. Oh, so jealous Raina! Would have loved to be there. And you are running! yay!

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    1. I would have loved for you to be there too!!

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  7. I couldn't imagine being denied sport. It has opened so many doors for me both personally, professionally, and socially (meeting folks like you!).

    What an awesome experience-and way to rock the Brooks at the Nike store! Bold move, lady:) Have FUN TH!

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  8. Love that video, so awesome! I have been watching the trials on TV, I bet it is a million times more awesome in person!

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    1. Ha! I finally figured out how to watch on TV, but would like to have tickets for every day! If I lived in Eugene, I would be circulating the free area all day :)

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  9. Glad your run felt pretty good. That looks like a fun meetup!

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    1. Thanks Mike- I don't get to run with other people very often. Looking forward to a Brooks Group run on Thursday!!

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  10. What a cool experience for you Raina. I am so glad that they didn't kick you out for wearing Brooks at a Nike event, haha. ;-)

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    1. There were way too many people for them to single me out. :) But I was a little nervous, ha!

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  11. wow...what an uplifting and inspiring video...Makes you feel like you can do anything!!!

    sounds like quite an experience in person. I'm glad that you are taking it all in!!

    I promise to get a post out shortly...no excuses now htat school is over ;)

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    1. Good! I am missing your posts :)
      I get the same feeling from that video.

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  12. I remember. "women can't run a MARATHON! ..my goodness they might get hurt!"

    Glad you don't remember 8)

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    1. Yep. Or their uterus might fall out. Thank goodness I figured out how to keep that from happening, but there is always the possibility! I am willing to risk it.

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  13. First time I saw that video - I loved the moment up close near the end - I totally recognize that face. Those almost-dead eyes wanting glucose so bad! Cheeks slack because you don't have the energy to tighten your facial muscles! Been there, too, albeit slower!

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    1. Gosh, I am really glad you took the moment to see it, Gracie-- I can imagine you are able to identify!

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  14. I'm really glad you enjoyed her talk. I was around her a bit at the marathon Trials this past January, and I found her to be a bit rude. Ha! I'm glad to know it was just that one instance, and maybe she was just having a bad day. I can't wait to hear more about your experience watching the Trials. I would love to go one year. Have fun!

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    1. In the South, everyone is just so darned polite and sweet, it's hard for anyone live up to those standards! :) I will have to remember my yes sirs and no ma'ams when i get down there to see you. Or, maybe Eugene will host again in 4 years and you can come here!

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  15. We moved to Houston (originally from Scotland) 2 and a half years ago and I am blown away by the sporting opportunities available to all kids from such a young age. The school system is INCREDIBLE, I would chew off my right arm to have been afforded the opportunities the kids in this area have. So whilst both girls and boys are of course allowed to take part in sport in Scotland unfortunately more often than not there are NO clubs for girls to participate in and only the usual football(soccer) and rugby for boys - I guess girls are therefor excluded, I never even thought of it that way - how sad.
    My kids have thus far tried their hands at summer league swimming, tball, soccer and tennis and my eldest is only 5. Little wonder this nation dominates in so many sports as I'm sure we're about to find out again at the Olympics. ps I am very jealous of where you live and get to run, it's so hot and humid here in Houston this Scottish girl suffers :s

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    1. Thanks for your reminder of just how great the opportunities in this country are, Vicky. Here, even if there is not a girls club or alternative, women have pushed their way onto teams. Though I would never personally do it in these sports, some girls have participated in wrestling and American football.

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    2. Oh, and you should come out too! It was 61F yesterday at 4 PM. Raining on and off. Bring on summer!

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  16. Really great experience! It is always exciting to listen to the real super stars and even better meeting them. They are people like us and it is great to talk to them. Nearly all our historic and bigger races had some unofficial women finishers in the 1970's.

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  17. YES - IN CAPS TODAY. GREEN WITH ENVY WITH YOU BEING ABLE TO SEE THE TRIALS.

    I THINK THAT YOU CAN TAKE NICOLE. :)

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  18. This is just amazing, Raina!! I love that you heard Joan speak, and are meeting so many inspirational runners! Have a blast for all of us wishing we were there. :)

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  19. What an exciting day!! I've met Joan on an airplane, sat next to her for two hours - what a great lady! She was in my hometown of Davenport running the 7-miler back in the day when her and Bill Rogers dominated that race. Great memories. Glad to hear your run went well and you didn't have any aches or pains...that had to feel fantastic.

    I was watching the 800m the other night - wow. I think I've forgotten how fast that race is. How cool you got to meet Nicole and have a real life conversation!

    Have a blast at the upcoming trails. Snag me a ticket and I'll hitch a ride out there :).

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  20. amazing! that seems like an incredible day!!! loved the video too! thanks Raina! xxx

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  21. I'm just a bit younger than Joan and we didn't have girls soccer either. I would have LOVED to have played soccer. Instead I played basketball (which I liked a lot) and grass hockey (which I hated -- ha ha!).
    Now I'm really dating myself here, but it wasn't until I was in Grade 9 that girls were allowed to wear pants to school! Can you imagine wearing a dress EVERY single day? Yuck!!
    I envy you being able to watch the trials. Glad to hear you had a great time.

    ❀Barbara❀
    My Running Shortz

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  22. Great video! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  23. Hey, I not only support women in athletic events, but I am grateful that they coach too. My first and only triathlon coach is a woman.

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  24. I have 4 daughters so yes, I am all for Title IX! I have blogged numerous times over the difference in running in the 70's and early 80's. It is great to see the womens times and how the gap has closed between men and womens times! My coach is also a woman!!

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