Boston, Massachusetts 2021-10-12 19:03:37 –
Gladys B. Vargas
Boston University News Service
Patty Dillon, a Boston Marathon record holder and member of the Mi’kmaq tribe, was interviewed last Friday with Michael Monroe, grandson of Narragansett Ellison “Tarzan” Brown. It takes place on Aboriginal Day.
Mayor Kim Janny signed an executive order for the city of Boston last Wednesday, replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous Day. The marathon, originally held in April, was postponed to October due to public health concerns of COVID-19.
“It’s a good weekend. The weather is nice. We need indigenous approval,” Monroe said.
This year’s official marathon starter is Dillon, who has won the Boston Marathon three times and holds records in marathons, half marathons and 30km races.
Dillon said he took some time off his busy schedule and started running.
“This was almost 40 years ago. Not many women ran and didn’t even know they ran. They just thought they didn’t like it,” Dillon said. “I ran for an hour in the graveyard there, ran seven miles, and I couldn’t walk for three weeks! I didn’t know I hurt until I woke up and reached for a cigarette. “
Shortly thereafter, she said she heard a male friend who was a runner talking about the marathon.
“I saw him and thought I could do it if he could do it. Five months later, I qualified, so it was cool!” Dillon says. rice field.
In 1980 she said she took her step by setting a record in races across the country.
“You had to [the Boston Marathon] You will be invited to another race. I went to Cincinnati and went to Florida, “Dillon said. “I trained for two races and ran through the rest … 48 races in 52 weeks, and I won 44 of them.”
Ellison Myers Brown, also known as “Tarzan” Brown, won the Boston Marathon in 1936 and 1939 and competed as a US Olympic athlete in 1936. Brown’s victory in 1936 urged sports journalists to dubb the “Heartbreak Hill” hills in Newton, Massachusetts. He defeated fellow runner Johnny Kelly. Johnny Kelly gently stroked Brown’s back as he passed by at 20 miles.
Monroe is the grandson of Browns and is currently the second councilor of the Narragansett tribe in Rhode Island.
“He didn’t brag about what he had accomplished,” Monroe said of his grandfather. “Because we already knew.”
Dillon talked about the importance of visibility as her inspiration and said she would like to visit settlements across the country to get more children to see what she can do as an athlete.
“Work together [Wings of America],that is our job. There are running and homework programs. If I knew that a native woman was a runner, that might have been what I was thinking. “
Marathon record-holder Patti Dillon speaks with grandson of Ellison Brown as BAA recognizes Indigenous Peoples Day – Boston University News Service Source link Marathon record-holder Patti Dillon speaks with grandson of Ellison Brown as BAA recognizes Indigenous Peoples Day – Boston University News Service