Jacqueline Gareau

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Jacqueline Gareau
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Full nameJacqueline Gareau
Born (1953-03-10) 10 March 1953 (age 66)

Jacqueline 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 after it was determined she hadn't run the entire race, and Gareau was awarded the victory in a special ceremony one week later.[1] Her official time for the 1980 marathon, 2:34:28, was the fastest time recorded for a woman in the event's history at the time.[2]

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 continued to do until her death) 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.[1] She married her former coach, Montreal banker Gilles Lapierre. She has a son, Yannick Lapierre, who participates in Nordic skiing.


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Canada
1979 National Capital Marathon Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 1st Marathon 2:47:58
1980 Boston Marathon Boston, United States 1st Marathon 2:34:28
Tokyo Marathon Tokyo, Japan 2nd Marathon 2:30:58
1981 Boston Marathon Boston, United States 5th Marathon 2:31:27
1982 Boston Marathon Boston, United States 2nd Marathon 2:36:10
1983 Boston Marathon Boston, United States 2nd Marathon 2:29:28[3]
1983 World Championships Helsinki, Finland 5th Marathon 2:32:35
1984 Olympic Games Los Angeles, United States Marathon DNF
1988 Grandma's Marathon Duluth, United States 1st Marathon 2:43:27


  1. ^ a b "Upstaged by Ruiz, Gareau Gets Her Boston Marathon Glory 25 Years Later". Star-Herald. Scottsbluff, Nebraska. April 10, 2005. p. 19 – via Newspapers.com.
  2. ^ "Seko Clocks A Boston Record". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. AP. April 21, 1981. p. 19. Retrieved January 13, 2011.
  3. ^ "Race: Boston". ARRS. 7 September 2017. Retrieved 10 September 2017.

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