MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A Minnesota athlete returns this month to where she made sports history 50 years ago.
The iconic Boston Marathon first allowed women to run in 1972, and eight of them crossed the finish line. One of these women is ready to finish the race once again.
The familiar trot descends its steps in Minneapolis, laced shoes, and Val Rogosheske is ready. She’s not just jogging: she’s working out for the first time in a long time. The last race she participated in was the Boston Marathon 25 years ago.
Rogosheske was one of the first women to run the marathon in 1972, when she was 25 years old. She finished sixth out of eight women, never stopping to walk.
“I often said it was the most painful of my life because I wasn’t really ready for it. I got married in December and got mono,” she recalled. “I almost felt embarrassed saying, ‘I didn’t really work for it. I just showed up,” but then I started to realize the power of showing up as well.
Now at 75, Rogosheske returns to lead it again. She will not be alone on the course. Her two daughters and a cousin run with her. She also goes there with a certain strategy, planning to run 30 seconds, then walk for 30 seconds.
“I feel like that’s probably the only way to do this race,” she said.
Rogosheske is set to fire the kickoff that will kick off the race on Monday. It will be his fourth race in Boston and his eighth marathon overall.