CELEBRATING MOMS WHO DO IT ALL: MOTHER’S DAY 2018
We all know mothers rock. And mothers everywhere probably deserve Mother’s Day to be 365 days of the year, not just one. But one is all we have to celebrate, so we’re making the most of it at JackRabbit for Mother’s
What better way to celebrate mother superpowers than to call out a few of our favorite mother athletes; those who are casting aside stereotypes of old and rocking it on the athletic field, pool
and beach every. single. day.
MOTHER ATHLETES, MOTHER SUPERPOWERS
From the pioneering Fanny Blankers-Koen, track star of the 1939 and 1948 Olympics to mother of five and winner of the Boston Marathon 2017, Edna Kiplagat, we are surrounded by impressive performances from women who have added motherhood into their training load.
TRACK RUNNER MOTHER
Fanny Blankers-Koen : Netherlands
The mother runner who pioneered the way for all who followed. Fanny Blankers Koen, aka “The Flying Housewife”, first competed in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. She had a World War to contend with and missed out on
the next two cancelled Olympics. She returned to competition at the 1948 Olympics in London having since married and had children. She won four gold medals on the track but was criticized for competing and not
‘focusing on her children’. Ouch! We’d like to think she got redemption when the International Association of Athletics Federations named her top female athlete of the 20th Century in 1999.
Edna Kiplagat: Kenya
Dominant on the marathon circuit for years, Kiplagat won the Boston Marathon in 2017 with a time of 2:21:52. At the age of 37, she also has five children! Five children and a massive heart. Two are her own birth
children, two are adopted from her sister, who sadly died from breast cancer, and one is adopted from a neighbor who died in childbirth. Add to that – according to Wikipedia – Edna also works as a police officer
in her native Kenya. If at any time you may think you have too much on your plate, channel your inner Edna and get back out there. Respect.
Dara Torres: United States
The accolades are huge for Dara! A 12 time Olympic medalist and the only swimmer to represent the United States in five Olympic Games (oh, and she earned medals in all five of them!) with a swimming career spanning
24 years. In the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, she was also mother to her daughter born in 2006, as well as the oldest woman on the US team. She, quite rightly, has written a book titled ‘Age is Just a Number’.
Too right, Dara.
TRACK STAR MOTHER
Alysia Montano: United States
A stand-out track runner and Olympian, Alysia is a middle-distance runner and a seven-time US Champion in the 800m, competing in the 2012 Olympic Games in London. While most of us ladies tend to dial it back while
pregnant, Alysia famously competed in races while she was carrying both of her children. Once in 2104 when eight months pregnant and 2017 when five months. According to Montano, her life philosophy is to be
“bold and courageous.” We agree. Be bold Alysia!
Rachel Joyce: Great Britain
A lawyer turned pro-triathlete, Rachel Joyce moved up the Ironman ranks and won several of the ‘Big Races’: Ironman Lanzarote and Challenge Roth in Germany. She followed that up with a solid win at Ironman Texas
and scored second place on the podium at the Ironman World Championships in 2013. She gave birth to her son Archie and stormed back to Ironman life with a glorious win in her adopted hometown race at Ironman
Boulder in 2017.
Kerri Walsh Jennings: United States
As one of the famous beach volleyball duos of all time, Kerri Walsh Jennings has competed (and won medals) in four Olympics, four world championships and dominated the FIVB Volleyball World Tour. Oh, and she has
three children. She competed five weeks pregnant at the 2012 Olympics in London. Anyone who has been five weeks pregnant might well drop their jaw at being able to compete at the highest level of competition
when all you want to do is sleep, sleep, sleep.
MOTHER’S DAY SPECIALS AT JACKRABBIT
We’ve gathered some of our selected gear and shoes at JackRabbit that we believe are not only good for mothers, but for all the women in your lives (including yourself, why not?!) And, to celebrate Mother’s Day
2018, we’ve even added in there some special deals to sweeten what will be a special day for you and your favorite mom.
Classic running shoes, this season’s latest athletic apparel, Goodr sungalsses
and one of our personal favorites, the ‘RUN WITHOUT LIMITS’ tank.
Check them out for your favorite mother.