Joan Benoit Samuelson

Joan Benoit Samuelson

Freeport, ME

Joan Benoit Samuelson (Freeport, ME) is an American marathon runner who won gold at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, the year that the women’s marathon was introduced. Benoit Samuelson still holds the fastest times for an American woman at the Chicago Marathon and the Olympic Marathon. Her time at the Boston Marathon was the fastest time by an American woman at that race for 28 years. Currently, she is a consultant to Nike, Inc. and a clinician, conducting numerous running, health, and fitness clinics throughout the United States and the world. Samuelson is also an experienced motivational speaker, giving regular addresses to corporations, civic groups, schools, and athletes. She serves as a board member to Friends of Casco Bay, a marine stewardship organization founded in 1989 to improve and protect the environmental health of Maine’s Casco Bay. See more …

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