In the summer of 1977, an 18-year-old girl from the Iron Range who just wanted to see if she could run a marathon became the first woman to cross the finish line of a now iconic race.

On this week’s episode, Wendy (Hovland) Cregg, the first Grandma’s Marathon female champion, shares what it was like to run the inaugural race and what competitive sports were like for women in the 70s when Title IX was enacted by Congress.

Despite never running another marathon, Cregg said she still keeps up with the race on occasion.

“Now I just check to see how the 19 and under runners do,” she said about comparing herself to today’s top finisher times. “On that route I’m still doing well. But it’s a whole different race now.”

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