a star runner from a small private high school in San Francisco, collapsed at the state cross-country meet and crawled across the finish line to clinch the championship for her team." Her coach, Jim Tracy, had been increasingly debilitated by Lou Gehrig's disease during the season, which made her and the team "really want to win it for Jim." The video of the race is here.
Holland Reynolds approaches the finish line at 19 minutes 33 seconds into the video.
posted by ferdydurke
on Dec 3, 2010 -
"We can run our car over any road that a man can take a team of horses and a wagon, providing we can get traction."
In 1903, to settle a $50 bet, Horatio Nelson Jackson became the first person
) a car (a used Winton touring car
, which had no roof or windshield) across the United States
, accompanied by mechanic Sewall Crocker and Bud the bulldog
. There were no gas stations, and there was less than 150 miles of paved road in the country. They blew a tire 15 miles into the trip and replaced it with their only spare.
Jackson's trip inspired others
. In 1909, Alice Ramsey
, accompanied by three female passengers, became the first woman
to drive (and pull
, and push
) a car across the country
. In 1915, Anita King
, "The Paramount Girl,"
became the first woman to drive across the country solo
. "Her only companions will be a rifle and a six shooter." And in 2003, Peter Kesling repeated
Jackson's trip, in a 1903 Winton
posted by kirkaracha
on Sep 27, 2005 -