Women, on the other hand, came into the store just as educated as the men. She says proudly, “We took this sport and made it our own.” Though it’s not something she’d boast about, Lesley is indeed a role model and pioneer for the sport.
At this year’s Boston, she’s hoping to inspire women like her and to tell them, “Don’t write off doing things because of age.” For herself, she’s most inspired by her daughter Dorothy, who has created a dedicated digital following around supporting and motivating women to run. As Lesley surely inspired women who came into the running store, so too does Dorothy in a modern medium. Together, they inspire us.