|Sister Marion Irvine|
Sister Marion Irvine (1929-) is a Roman Catholic nun who was in her late 40s and took up running to relieve stress from her school principal job. She was soon running 70 miles a week.
In 1983, at the California International Marathon in Sacramento, Sister Marion completed the race in 2 hours 51 minutes 1 second, breaking the women's over-50 marathon record by more than 8 minutes and qualifying Sister Marion for the 1984 Olympic trials.This made Sister Marion the oldest person ever to qualify for the Olympic Trials. She continues to set age group records twenty years later.
In 1990, Irvine, on her 60th birthday, established a masters 60-64 age-group women's world record in the 5,000-meter run with a 19:15 to break the old mark, held by Australia's Shirley Brasher, by more than a minute.
In 1992, Sister Marion was the USATF Master Runner of the Year for 60-64. In 1994, Sister Marion was inducted into the RRCA Hall of Fame. In 1998, she was inducted into the USATF Masters Hall of Fame.
- ↑ http://www.boston.com/sports/marathon/history/womens_veteran_champions/ Retrieved 2009-03-12.
- ↑ "The running nun", New York Times, December 9, 1983. Retrieved on 2009-03-12.
- ↑ http://vault.sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1136909/index.htm Retrieved 2009-02-12.
- ↑ http://www.usatf.org/statistics/awards/LDR/AgeDivisionRunnersOfTheYear.asp Retrieved 2009-03-12.
- ↑ http://www.mastershistory.org/history/halloffame.html Retrieved 2009-03-12.