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“The body does not want you to do this. As you run, it tells you to stop but the mind must be strong. You always go too far for your body. You must handle the pain with strategy. It is not age; it is not diet. It is the will to succeed.”


Gareau (born March 10, 1953 in L’Annonciation, Quebec) is a Canadian runner who won the Boston Marathon on April 21, 1980. Gareau led the women’s field for most of the race, only to find another runner, Rosie Ruiz, wearing the traditional victor’s laurels when she crossed the finish line. Ruiz was later disqualified, it being determined that she cheated, and Gareau was awarded the victory in a special ceremony one week later. Her official time for the 1980 marathon, 2:34:28, was recognized as a course record.

Gareau met Ruiz two years after the marathon as she prepared to run a 10K race in Miami, Florida. The encounter was brief and Ruiz refused (as she continues to do) to concede that she did not win the 1980 marathon.

Gareau served as the Grand Marshal of the 2005 Boston Marathon and was allowed to “break the tape” in a special ceremony. She married her former coach, Montreal banker Gilles Lapierre. She has a son, Yannick Lapierre, who participates in Nordic Skiing.


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