It took 3000 miles and six million steps for a South African grandmother to become the first woman ever to run across America. She made history and fulfilled a dream.
That crowning moment, however, did not come easy. By her own admission, she had no personality, no guts and no backbone.
Her rise from ?whispering hope with no hope at all? to that triumphant finish proves once more that success is available to all who are willing to pay the price and will accept that ?there are no limits other than those we impose on ourselves.?
When she started her athletics career at the late age of 37, it set her free to become
?the greatest woman long distance runner there has ever been.? She set new records over distances supposedly impossible for her gender. Other women soon followed her example, inspired by her pluck and passion.
And at 87 she is still running competitively. To her, age is but a state of mind:
?You're only old when you stop growing.? Her one overriding goal: to stay fit till her dying day, a day she wants to approach running.
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About the Author
Her career spans many years, during which she wrote for some of South Africa's leading newspapers and magazines, and edited corporate publications in the fields of finance and education.
David earned a Ph.D. in physics and astronomy from Brigham Young University, then spent 26 years as a research astronomer and media liaison officer for the South African Astronomical Observatory in Cape Town before moving back to the U.S.
They have no children, but find joy in their marriage and in personal interests: traveling, books, music and the arts.