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Hansen, Jacqueline

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Jacqueline Hansen Papers

7 boxes 9.5 linear feet
Call no.: MS 1200

Jacqueline Hansen (born November 20, 1948) is a former long-distance runner from the United States who is recognized by the International Association of Athletics Federations as having set a world best in the marathon on two occasions. At California State University Northridge she became serious about long distance running and soon won 12 of her first 15 marathons. Among these victories, she won the prestigious Boston Marathon in 1973, the Honolulu Marathon in 1975, and the Avenue of the Giants Marathon in 1976. At age 36 she qualified for the 1984 Olympic Marathon Trials. Hansen was the president of the International Runners Committee from 1979-1986, which lobbied the International Olympic Committee to add women’s marathon and then sued them to include the 5,000 meter and 10,000 meters races for women. In 2009 she participated in a lawsuit against the Vancouver Organizing Committee to include women’s ski jumping at the 2010 Winter Olympics.

The Jacqueline Hansen Papers are primarily composed of documents and legal papers related to International Runners Committee and it’s lawsuit with the IOC in the early 1980s. Some files include Nike’s support of the International Runners Committee. Other materials include research files on the history of road racing for Hansen’s published and unpublished books and articles, programs and newspapers from the 1977 National Women’s Conference in Houston, Texas, and photographs and training journals of her running career.

Gift of Jacqueline Hansen, 2022.


Long-distance running--HistoryMarathon running--HistoryOlympic Games (23rd : 1984 : Los Angeles, Calif.)--Litigation