Event #50 - Trailblazing Women
Today we celebrated International Women's Day.
33 tenacious runners, walkers and joggers braved the chilly wind to blaze the Chain of Lakes Trail for 5 km.
Huge congratulations to the 4 parkrunners who set Personal Bests today, despite the wind!
And welcome to the 3 first-time parkrunners. We hope to see you back at the Chain of Lakes parkrun next weekend for St. Patrick's Day.
The air was a dry, chilly -4 degrees, but the winds -- gusting up to 100 kph -- were a significant factor for the parkrunners. We had a reprieve from the snow, which only started in time for coffee / hot chocolate at Second Cup.
Thank you to today's volunteers, including several first-timers. If you are interested in volunteering for Chain of Lakes parkrun, which will be 1 year old on March 21, or if you are interested in helping to organise a brand new parkrun across the harbour later this year, then please get in touch: https://www.parkrun.ca/chainoflakes/volunteer/
Officially today was the International Women's Day parkrun.
Unofficially, today's Chain of Lakes Parkrun was held in memory and honour of 4 trailblazing Canadian women runners who changed the world forever, less than 100 years ago.
For the first time ever, Olympic running events for women were held in Amsterdam, Netherlands in 1928.
Canada, after finishing without any medals in the 1924 Olympics, sent "The Matchless Six" women's track and field team to compete, despite controversy over the decision at home.
The Canadian team took the gold medal for the world's first Olympic women's 4 x 100m relay race:
Returning home to Canada after the 1928 Olympics, the Matchless Six were paraded around downtown Toronto amidst a crowd of 200,000 fans. Women's sport was here to stay.
Their paths to breakthroughs and success were difficult. But they perservered. Less than a century ago, these trailblazing women changed Canada, and changed the world.
If you would like to read more about The Matchless Six, please see links to some of their stories below.
The Girl and the Game, a book by M. Ann Hall, is also an excellent history of women in Canadian sport:
Bobbie Rosenfeld, Chateleine Magazine, July, 1933:
"Athletic Maids, to arms! Andy Lytle beware! We are taking up the sword, and high time it is, in defense of our so-called athletic bodies to give the lie to those pen flourishers who depict us not as paragons of feminine physique, beauty and health, but rather as Amazons and ugly ducklings — all because we have become sport-minded and have chosen to delve so wholeheartedly into competitive sport."
More about Bobbie Rosenfeld:
More about Myrtle Cook:
Canada's Sports Hall of Fame: