Kathy Martin makes SI’s ‘Faces in the Crowd’ after WR rampage
On Sunday, Feb. 29, I nominated Kathy Martin for â€śFaces in the Crowdâ€ť in Sports Illustrated. She had just set W65 world records in the 800 and mile at ABQ nationals, and itâ€™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 â€” SI is persnickety â€” took a long time, and it wasnâ€™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.
But Iâ€™m glad SI didnâ€™t check its archives, or the whole project might have blown up.
In the March 1, 2004, issue, one â€śKathryn Martin, NORTHPORT, N.Y.â€ť was in Faces in the Crowd.
The citation read: â€śMartin, 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 magazineâ€™s top performer in her age group for 2003.â€ť
One rarely get two bites of FITC fame as Kathy did. But why stop there?
Letâ€™s try for a threepeat in 2030, when Kathy shatters records in W75.