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Two Milestones in One Marathon

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Runners come to the finish line of the 122nd Boston Marathon, where rain and high winds battered down for the duration, April 16, 2018. (Ryan McBride/AFP/Getty Images)

By with Michael R. Shannon
Saturday, 21 April 2018 09:30 AM Current | Bio | Archive

This week Desiree Linden became the first American woman to win the Boston Marathon in 33 years. Running on a rainy, cold day — and not feeling so great herself — Linden, 34, gradually reeled in Ethiopia’s Mamitu Daska who had been leading for much of the race.

I like Linden’s quote at the finish line when rested reporters asked her how she overcame the unfavorable weather conditions, “It's supposed to be hard,” she told the AP. “It's good to get it done.”

Linden’s victory was all the more remarkable when you consider she waited for fellow competitor Shalane Flanagan who had to drop out temporarily to use the bathroom. Her reason? Desiree early in the race she didn’t think she had the power to finish anyway, so she waited to help Flanagan rejoin the pack.

That was milestone #1.

Milestone #2 is she may be the last genetically-certified woman to win the race for 33 more years.

The Boston Marathon governing body, the Boston Athletic Association, has joined the rush to embrace insanity and decided that men who only think they are women can openly run the marathon against women who are really women.

Furthermore, the officials declared in an NPR interview that, “We don't require that runners outline their gender identity history with us.” This may be a good thing, at least paperwork-wise, since for some that history can be fairly complicated.

My question is how many real women did the Boston Athletic Assn. consult before making the ruling?

Men have an innate athletic advantage over women at the structural level that wearing lingerie and shaving your legs won’t do anything to remedy. As Andrew Latham points out:

Men have greater cardiovascular fitness because they have a higher VO2 max.

Men have larger and longer bones that give them a mechanical advantage when running. Female ligaments are “generally more lax and fragile” than those of their male counterparts. Females are also more prone to stress fractures, which means men can train harder for an event.

None of those advantages are negated by “transitioning” from a stander to a sitter.

It’s a fact that average male competitors who decide to become woman miraculously become stars in the women’s field overnight. This is an insult to hard-working female marathon runners by a "governing body" that puts Cultural Marxism ahead of its competitors.

So today I’m congratulating Desiree Linden for a tremendous, inspiring effort and at the same time hoping she isn’t the last real woman to win the women’s side of the Boston Marathon.

Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.

Michael R. Shannon is a commentator, researcher for the League of American Voters, and an award-winning political and advertising consultant with nationwide and international experience. He is author of "Conservative Christian’s Guidebook for Living in Secular Times (Now with added humor!)." Read more of Michael Shannon's reports — Go Here Now.

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This week Desiree Linden became the first American woman to win the Boston Marathon in 33 years. Running on a rainy, cold day — and not feeling so great herself — Linden, 34, gradually reeled in Ethiopia’s Mamitu Daska who had been leading for much of the race.
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