Connect with us


Run like a girl… ahead of the rest – Triathlon Tips

Legacy Phuket Gazette



PHUKET: Did you know that “Long Distance Running” for women was illegal in the old days?

Participation in Marathon events was impossible for women. It was considered unfeminine and unhealthy. It took the IOC till 1984 to finally hold the first marathon for women.

The first known marathon finish of a woman was in 1967 when Katherine entered the Boston Marathon. She had to hide her gender by registering with her initials only and by dressing up like a guy.

After a few kilometers, one of the race directors tried to stop her by yelling “get the hell out of my race and give me that number!” She kept running and finished in 4 hours and 20 minutes.

Seven years later she won the New York Marathon and in 1975, she set her personal best in Boston (2:51:37). That brave run started a boom. Her explanation was simple: “I just feel better through running than through any other sport!” The rest is history.

In Triathlon, women were welcomed right from the start in the late 70s. But it took a while to make sure women were treated equal to the men. Thanks to the ambitious engagement of women like Erin Baker (NZ) in the early days and Belinda Granger (AUS) in the last decade men and women get the same recognition nowadays.

The largest Triathlon organizations (WTC-IRONMAN; ITU and Challenge) are paying equal prize money to both genders now.

Women are rapidly catching up in sponsorship endorsements and media coverage.

To honor the emancipation or women in endurance sport, Thanyapura is organizing a “Women Only Triathlon Training Camp” with Belinda Granger from August 23-26.

Belinda has been a great role model for female triathletes for a decade and inspired men as well with her refreshing attitude. Her 15 victories at long distance Triathlon events speak for itself.

The camp is open for beginner and advanced levels. As “Head Senior Triathlon Coach” at Thanyapura I will be training the participants side by side with Belinda. I am just a lucky guy, right?

This article was written by Thanyapura’s Senior Head Triathlon Coach, Jürgen Zack. For inquiries, email:

— Jrgen Zack


Get more from The Thaiger

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS
👋 Have your say on our Thailand forums
🔔 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
📺 Subscribe / Join YouTube for daily shows
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🐦 FOLLOW us on Twitter
📷 FOLLOW us on Instagram


Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Thailand8 hours ago

Thailand News Today | Phuket resort land encroachment case; OnlyFans arrest calls for reform| Sep 27

Thailand9 hours ago

Monday Covid Update: 10,288 new cases; provincial totals

Guides10 hours ago

Local resturants you can’t miss when travelling to Ayutthaya

Welcome back to Thailand!

Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in Thailand - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages!

Coronavirus (Covid-19)11 hours ago

Thailand reduces quarantine to 7 days for fully vaccinated arrivals from October

World11 hours ago

Australian official suggests borders may re-open by Christmas

Thailand11 hours ago

Gilligan’s Island, Farangs, Grammar and Onlyfans | Thaiger Bites | Ep. 26

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Guides11 hours ago

Travel hacks for a stress-free holiday in Thailand

Thailand12 hours ago

Consumer complaints hotline targets rip-off shopkeepers

Thailand12 hours ago

Phuket Car rental business says gang rented cars and then sold them off

Guides12 hours ago

A guide to Doi Inthanon National Park

Bangkok12 hours ago

Curfew shortened, Bangkok spas, gyms, cinemas can re-open from October

Tourism12 hours ago

TAT pushes for Indonesia, Malaysia to be added to approved list for Phuket sandbox

World13 hours ago

Powerful earthquake strikes near the Phillippines main island

Guides13 hours ago

Top business and investment opportunities in Thailand

Thailand13 hours ago

OnlyFans arrest sparks calls for reform of prostitution and pornography laws

Thailand2 weeks ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism7 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism7 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism7 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11