BOSTON, April 21, 2014 /CNW/ - Dr. Jean Marmoreo, 71, of Toronto, placed
first among women age 70-74 in today's Boston Marathon. No other
runner, male or female, has "won their age group" five times in the 118
year history of the storied Boston Marathon. She crossed the finish
line in 3 hours, 58 minutes, 54 seconds.
Dr. Marmoreo's finish today adds to her series of age group wins
beginning in Boston in 2009, then again in 2010 and 2011, all in the
Women's 65-69 category. In 2012, she ran the Berlin Marathon instead
and placed first in the 65-69 category. Then in 2013, she returned to
Boston and finished first in the new category of 70-74.
In previous years, Dr. Marmoreo also placed first in her age group in
the Ottawa, Chicago and Marine Corps (Washington, D.C.) marathons. Last
year, she set a Canadian record for women 70-74 at the Scotiabank
Toronto Waterfront Marathon, and earlier this month, she set another
Canadian record for the same age group at the 121st running of the
Around the Bay Race in Hamilton, the oldest foot race in North America.
Dr. Marmoreo, a Toronto family physician, is the co-founder of
JeansMarines, the women's marathon group that ran from 2002 to 2008.
Said Kathrine Switzer, famed women's pioneer, marathoner and sports
broadcaster: "Jean Marmoreo is an inspiration to women everywhere - and
especially women in mid-life and beyond. She's showing us all that it's
never too late to be an athlete. I've watched her running career over
the years and can tell you that, unlike most of us, she seems to
get faster as she gets older. Her times in Boston and her performance
in the other major marathons make up a remarkable record of
Said Jean Marmoreo: "I believe!"
Dr. Marmoreo is available for interviews today from Boston from 3:30
p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and in Toronto after 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 22nd.
Image with caption: "Dr. Jean Marmoreo, 71, of Toronto, holding her four-month-old granddaughter, after placing first among women aged 70-74 in today's Boston Marathon Dr. Marmoreo set a record by "winning her age group" for the 5th time at the 118-year-old event. She crossed the finish line in 3 hours, 58 minutes, 54 seconds. (CNW Group/Dr. Jean Marmoreo)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140421_C4487_PHOTO_EN_39471.jpg
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