If you watched the 2012 Olympic Marathon Trials, you might have noticed a woman at the back of the pack having the time of her life, smiling and waving to the crowds of spectators lining the streets of Houston. While the cameras were fixed on Shalane, Desi, Kara, and Amy, some of the women who qualified for the Trials months or even years before the event, did not line up ready to run the race of their lives. Such was the case with Ruth Perkins.
After qualifying for her first Olympic Trials in the fall of 2010, Ruth ramped up her training only to arrive in Houston with a sacral stress fracture. With the blessing of her orthopedist, she planned to run a few miles of the Trials; when else might she get the chance? But when she got out there, she had so much fun that the few miles turned into 18 in the 6:40s, with Ruth dropping out of the race just as Kara Goucher blew by on her way to earning a spot on the 2010 U.S. Olympic Team. Miraculously, Ruth’s pelvis held up too.
Salty and I had the pleasure of chatting with Ruth in Jacksonville. She immediately charmed us with her coke bottle glasses, perky mannerisms and wacky sense of humor, and we know you’ll love her too! Read more >>