Joan Benoit Samuelson ’79 Star of Special Night at Prefontaine Classic

Joan Benoit Samuelson ’79 at the 2011 Boston Marathon.

Olympic gold medalist and two-time Boston marathon winner Joan Benoit Samuelson ’79 will be recognized for her historic running accomplishments and pioneering spirit with a night in her honor during the 43rd Prefontaine Classic at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, May 26, 2017.

“Joan Benoit Samuelson Night is a tribute to a special athlete who broke barriers and remains an inspiration for women runners, especially in the U.S.,” the event’s organizers said.

The Prefontaine Classic is the longest-running outdoor invitational track and field meet in the country and part of the elite International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Diamond League of meets held worldwide annually.

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