Kathy Martin makes SI’s ‘Faces in the Crowd’ after WR rampage

On Sunday, Feb. 29, I nominated Kathy Martin for “Faces in the Crowd” in Sports Illustrated. She had just set W65 world records in the 800 and mile at ABQ nationals, and it’s been my practice to give SI a heads up on notable performers. Though I wanted it to be a surprise for Kathy, a lot of people were looped into a search for a proper headshot, and she soon learned about it. But the photo search — SI is persnickety — took a long time, and it wasn’t until her husband, Chuck, took a picture of her in Daegu (the day of the 8K cross-country race) that we had the proper mug. It also was fortunate that SI delayed publication because Kathy set indoor WRs in the 1500 and 3000 at worlds, making her look even better in SI. This week, she appeared in the magazine. Jim Chinn sent me the image below, bless him.

Kathy’s headshot was the holdup for her getting recognition after ABQ nationals.

But I’m glad SI didn’t check its archives, or the whole project might have blown up.

In the March 1, 2004, issue, one “Kathryn Martin, NORTHPORT, N.Y.” was in Faces in the Crowd.

The citation read: “Martin, 52, a real estate broker, lowered her own United States Masters record for the 1,500 meters (50-54 age group) with a time of 4:57.7 at the Long Island Championships. She was Running Times magazine’s top performer in her age group for 2003.”

One rarely get two bites of FITC fame as Kathy did. But why stop there?

Let’s try for a threepeat in 2030, when Kathy shatters records in W75.

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April 8, 2017

4 Responses

  1. SusieQ - April 9, 2017

    Well done!

  2. Rob Jerome - April 10, 2017

    Congratulations to Kathy and congratulations to you too, Ken, for initiating the successful process of getting her into “Faces in the Crowd”. With so little national coverage of Masters, it’s great to get recognition from SI.

  3. Rick Easley - April 10, 2017

    I love seeing good people get these accolades. Well done Kathy!

  4. Cheryl - April 13, 2017


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