Twenty-seven years ago, August 5, 1984, Joan Benoit ’79 ran into Los Angeles Olympic Stadium and into history as the gold medalist in the first women’s Olympic marathon—and she hasn’t stopped since. There is No Finish Line, a new documentary from Nike, celebrates Joan Benoit Samuelson’s groundbreaking career that helped transform women’s athletics and profoundly influenced the entire sport of running. Into her fifth decade, Joanie continues to challenge herself and to inspire others, not only as a competitor, but as a community member, an ambassador and activist for health and wellness and for the environment. An icon of sport, of her home state of Maine, and her alma mater Bowdoin, through it all, she has remained “Joanie.”
We all look up to Joanie for what she’s accomplished in running, but what she’s accomplished in life is really the point. —Kim Moody
There is No Finish Line, from the producers of Fire on The Track: The Steve Prefontaine Story, is currently playing in-house at Nike with a tentatively scheduled fall 2011 public release.
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Today, as we remember Joanie’s Olympic achievement, runners from around the world gather in Maine for Saturday’s 14th running of the TD Bank Beach to Beacon 10K, which Joanie founded. The Portland Press Herald caught up with Joanie to talk about her signature event.