Olympic marathoner Joan Benoit Samuelson ’79 spoke at the annual dinner for the Association of Bowdoin Friends Tuesday night at Thorne Hall following a screening of her documentary. The film, There is No Finish Line: The Joan Benoit Samuelson Story, traces Samuelson’s groundbreaking career as a professional runner. Her athletic achievements—she won the gold in the first women’s Olympic marathon—helped transform women’s sports and the sport of running. The film premiered during Homecoming Weekend as part of the Celebration of 40 Years of Women’s Athletics at Bowdoin College.
The Association of Bowdoin Friends, founded in 1984, is a group of individuals, mostly from the community, who share an interest in the programs and well-being of the college. The Friends screening of There is No Finish Line: The Joan Benoit Samuelson Story was made possible by the film’s director Erich Lyttle, and producers Geoff Hollister and Sarah Henderson.