On This Day in History Quilt for April 19.

On this day in 1897 the first Boston Marathon was run. The distance for the race was 24.5 miles. Fifteen competitors started the race and ten finished. Women were not allowed to enter the Boston race officially until 1972.


Lyle Morehouse of Metarie, Louisiana, made this quilt, titled “A Reason for Running,” in 1980. Morehouse appliqued and pieced her old race t-shirts and hand quilted it together. Record notes include “She ran 15 marathons.” Morehouse documented the quilt in 2003 as part of the Louisiana Quilt Documentation Project.

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