An exploration of “The List,” a record of approximately twenty Black female marathoners born in the US who have broken three hours in the marathon. Knox Robinson and Tina Muir find out why that is, and discuss what steps can be taken to help it grow.

First, we hear the story of Samia Akbar, the fastest US Born Black female marathoner. Second, a discussion with Marilyn Bevans who was second place female at the 1977 Boston Marathon and the first Black female runner to break three hours in the marathon. She shares her experience as a pioneer and youth coach for over three decades. Third, a breakdown and three calls-to-action for how listeners can take immediate next steps to be active participants in the growth of Black and Brown female runners at the grassroots level and beyond. Finally, a song from Tracksmith Fellow, Circa 95.

Meet the guests:

Samia Akbar

  • Fastest known US-born Black female marathoner with a time of 2:34:14 at the 2006 New York City Marathon
  • It was only about two years ago that Samia found out her time had been a record as the first-US born Black female marathoner
  • On Fast Women 

Marilyn Bevans

  • First Black female runner to break 3 hours in the marathon
  • 2nd place female in the 1977 Boston Marathon with a time of 2:51:12
  • Has run the Boston Marathon six times
  • Ran the same race President Carter ran in 1979 (Catoctin Mountain 10K race). President Carter collapsed during the race so he was the one who gave her the first place award after her race.
  • Just Run Trailblazing Marathoner
    National Black Marathoner Association 

Calls to action:

If you take action and do one of our suggested takeaways, tell us! We would love to hear what you did, and how it changed you. Tag us in a post on Instagram or email info@runningforreal.com to share.

Running Realized is hosted by Tina Muir and Knox Robinson. Produced by Jon Phillips. Original music, sound design, and mix by Daniel Brunelle. Edited by Gordon Bramli. Cover image created by Mari De Monte and Toby Kelleher.

Be sure to check out 1DAY and the rest of the music by Circa ’95. Find out more at www.circa95.com

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1 Comment.

  • Christine Yannou
    March 8, 2021 9:46 am

    Tina, Knox,
    Excellent job on your new initiative, project. I am absolutely mind blown by your first podcast. What excellent interviews! These go deep into the challenges in sport and the importance diversity has played in making the running sport better, and not only. Embracing diversity gives opportunities and betters and benefits everyone. Being amazing personally and professionally has nothing to do with anyone’s background, color, etc. Personality, this touched me on a totally social level. I am Greek born in Canada and on returning to Greece I too was called “different,” I sounded different, I acted different. Greek society in the ‘80’s would marginalise all us expatriates. It was only after the financial crises of 2008, when hardship hit hard, and Greeks living in Greece had to migrate yet again to find work, did the Greek society begin accepting diversity. Well, had to really, they needed to, due to circumstances actually. Anyhow, I am an amateur runner, as I have written to you Tina, but this first podcast really got to me on a very emotional, social level. Thank you! Keep going, this is seriously is great stuff!

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