Essay on Running Boom of the 1970s

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What caused the Running Boom of the 1970s?

A.Plan of Investigation

The Running Boom of the 1970s was when running for sport was fully acceptable and even popular. Before the the 1970s, somebody who was seen running at night by himself with no particular destination was met with suspicion. It was also believed that women could do permanent harm to themselves by running more than one mile. So it makes you wonder what exactly happened to change all this? I plan to investigate this topic by studying the athletes who ran distance at this point in time and what their relationship to the public was. I also plan on researching the person who made exercise popular as well as how athletic companies fanned the fire. I will research these topics
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Aerobics helped change that attitude of Americans by providing a clear, scientific, and comprehensive way of improving one’s health -- a sustained intake of oxygen. This desired effect could be attained by doing activities such as jogging for a period of time. Cooper’s book was a catalyst for the Running Boom because it provided Americans a solution to solve the health crisis of “soft America.” This term was coined by Kennedy when he addressed the lack of fitness of America’s youth.

Frank Shorter’s victory at the men’s Olympic marathon is credited with especially igniting the running boom. He became the first American male to win the Olympic Marathon since 1908. His victory was highly publicized and it caught the attention of the American public. His victory was followed up with several charismatic athletes such as Steve Prefontaine, Bill Rodgers and Jim Ryun who perpetuated running even further by their record breaking displays on the track.

The Running Boom of the 1970s encompassed women and as well as men. This is especially extraordinary since women were considered to feminine and soft to ever do the such arduous activity such as distance running.Kathrine Switzer was an especially extraordinary woman who ran the first official marathon under her initials and completed the Boston Marathon. She proved to people that it indeed possible for a woman to run a long

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