40 years after winning the Boston Marathon, Joan Benoit Samuelson has fulfilled a comeback promise — and she did it with an incredible time.

Samuelson finished the 2019 marathon with a time of 3 hours and 4 minutes, within 40 minutes of her winning time in 1979 (which was her goal!). Now 61, Samuelson showed up to the race in the same outfit she wore 40 years before — a Bowdoin College singlet, a backwards hat, and a giant smile.

In 1979, Samuelson smashed the women’s course record and American women’s marathon record, in a time of 2:35:15. Relatively unknown at the time, Samuelson went on to become the first women’s Olympic marathon winner at the 1984 Summer Games in Los Angeles.

Samuelson has retired from most high level races but does continue to run in Boston and Chicago.

Samuelson’s 2019 Boston Marathon race put her first in her age group and 249th among all women (with 30,000 runners in the field overall).
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(top image credit: Runner's World)

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