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50 Years Ago Today, Women Runners Stepped Into The Spotlight

Racing to the finish and beginning a new era

Women’s Races are Common Today, Not So in 1972 — Photo by RUN 4 FFWPU from Pexels

In April 1972, NYC Marathon director Fred Lebow got a call. Johnson’s Wax was introducing a new pink shaving cream made for women called Crazylegs. They wanted to sponsor the first women’s-only marathon and wondered if Fred and the NYC Road Runners Club could organize it.

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Anne Emerick

Anne Emerick

Programmer by day. Author by night. As I put on running tights, I imagine I’m a superhero. Creator of Unemploymentville.com and No-Work Spanish.