Running Singlet, worn by Joan Benoit Samuelson

Description (Brief)
Running singlet won by Joan Benoit Samuelson (b.1957.) One of America’s greatest marathoners, Benoit Samuelson has won the Boston Marathon twice. Her gold medal run at the 1984 Olympics remains the event's fastest time set by a woman.
The singlet comes from the 1980 Cascade Run Off, held in Portland Oregon. The event is historically significant, as that year the Run Off became the first road race in the United States to offer prize money, challenging traditional notions of amateurism.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
singlet
singlet, running
date made
1980
user
Samuelson, Joan Benoit
maker
Nike, Inc.
Physical Description
cloth (overall material)
polyester (overall material)
paper (bib material)
Measurements
overall: 20 in x 16 in; 50.8 cm x 40.64 cm
ID Number
2007.0136.01
accession number
2007.0136
catalog number
2007.0136.01
subject
Highlights from the Culture and the Arts Collection
Women
Track and Field
Sports
Professional
See more items in
Culture and the Arts: Sport and Leisure
Highlights from the Culture and the Arts Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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