No one runs for you

50 years ago, before women were even allowed to run in distance races, people discussed whether running with men would help women run faster:

Still can’t figure out why this is a problem. You always have someone to pace you (unless you’re already winning), but you still have to do the running.  And why is this only a problem for women?  Why is it OK for men’s races to hire rabbits?  How come no one worries that I might run faster by pacing off of faster runners?

(LDL, Feb. 1961)

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