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.