Psst, wanna know who Julia is?
In the early 1960s, women weren’t allowed to participate in races that were over 880 yards. Popular opinion of the time deemed distance running harmful to women’s reproductive abilities. But a young Chase loved to run; regularly logging at least 60 miles per week. She even managed to participate in running competitions as a teenager, however unfortunately her career ended abruptly due to an accident.
“I think I was the only kid who liked missing the school bus,” Chase wrote. “It meant I could run the mile and a half through back fields and along the salt marsh to get there. It was a giddy feeling of freedom. From the time I was five I loved to run. I was flying.”