In 1984 Joanie Benoit Samuelson (then Joanie Benoit) won the first ever Women's Olympic Marathon.She took the lead early and ran the majority of the race solo to the finish.
In 2011, she is now 53 years old (or young, in her case). A recent article from CBC Boston talks about her recent Boston Marathon performance, in which she ran 2:51.29. A true inspiration to all.
(Note: in 1983 she ran a world record of 2:22.43).
My Tuesday's hero is Joanie Benoit Samuelson.