|One Of Myrtle Cook McGowan's Regular Columns With Her By Line.|
|Diane's written invitation from Myrtle Cook McGowan to join the Mercury Athletic Club|
dated May 31, 1951
|The Picture Taken By Myrtle Cook McGowan|
She got to go as part of the Quebec 4x100 relay team. She did not run fast enough to be considered for selection, but she got to experience running against some of Canada's top women sprinters. She wasn't quite ready, and it was a tough pill to swallow, but she stayed with the sport.
|Account of the Elephants on the Track|
Diane remembers that Bob Richards was there and gave a pole vaulting clinic as he was then the reigning Olympic champion. For part of the class he gave his speech while walking on his hands to demonstrate the strength needed to be a vaulter in those days.
|Diane on the Canadian National Team at the Empire/Commonwealth Games 1954|
|In 1984 Diane was the first woman in the Helsinki Marathon and won this trophy depicting Lasse Viren|
She modestly mentioned that the top Finnish women were all running in the L.A. Olympics and were not present for this race.
One of Diane's toughest competitions was in 1987 participating in the Ultimate Runner competition in Jackson, Michigan. This event was run for several years, then ran out of crazies willing to participate. It moved down to North Carolina for awhile and like the 24 hour relays that we've reported on, it faded from view. The Ultimate Runner was a one day event that consisted of a 10Km road race, a 400 meter sprint and a 100 meter sprint on the the track, followed by a one mile race and finally a full marathon. Diane won the Masters division of this event when she was 49 years old. Her times were: 10Km 41:29, 400m 75.9, 100m 15.8, Mile 6:03.8, Marathon 3:20:38. Any one of those times would be considered very strong on its own for a 49 years old mother of four.