Happy birthday to our favorite Taurus runner Salty! She’s in good company among several other notable Taurans, including Joan Benoit, Alysia Montano, and Meb. During this month where almost every weekend has multiple marathons and national championship races, the bull-headed stubbornness of Taurus runners who have trained tirelessly toward their big goals is either paying off, reaping the rewards they so very much desire, or serving as wake-up call for those whose procrastination won out over determination.
Their characteristic bull-headed drive for success is perfectly reflected in Joan Benoit, who won gold at the 1984 Olympics, the first year the women’s marathon was introduced. She still holds records at both the Chicago and Olympic Marathons, and her Boston Marathon was the fastest time for an American woman for 28 years. She had knee surgery a mere 17 days before the Olympics Trials Marathon in 1984, but her Taurus nature wouldn’t let her give up and she showed up and won, then followed with a win at the Olympics three months later. Her Boston Marathon finish in 2011 at the age of 53 got her a first in her age group with a 2:51:29. Whether you chalk it up to strength or stubbornness, the power of the Taurus runner can’t be denied!
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