ST. CLOUD TIMES — A few weeks leading up to the 1972 Boston Marathon, Val Rogosheske ’69 ’75 ’89 was planning on hiding in the bushes alongside the marathon route. Then, she would pop out of the bushes and run the race.
This is what a handful of women did prior to 1972 because they weren’t allowed to run in the Boston Marathon. When Rogosheske heard the news that women would be allowed to run in 1972, she became one of eight women to run the inaugural year.
Now, 50 years later, 75-year-old Rogosheske is heading to Boston this weekend to compete in the Boston Marathon on Monday with over 14,000 women.
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