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The Running for Real Podcast

Mar 25, 2022

Patti Castalano Dillon was the greatest female distance runner in the United States in the late 1970s - early 1980s.  She won her first race, the 1976 Ocean State Marathon, only six months after she started running, earning a BQ.  She set world records in the 5 mile, 20k, 30k, and half marathon; American records in the 10k and 15k; and was the first American woman to break 2:30 in the marathon.   As one of the first female runners to sign a professional contract with a sponsor, she was a pioneer in women’s distance running.   Her successes came at a cost, however, which she talks about frankly in this episode.  She’s risen above the obstacles that she’s faced over the years, and her story can serve as an inspiration to us all.

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"Thank you" to Patti.  We look forward to hearing your thoughts on the show.