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Starting Line 1928 – The Michele Bush Cuke Interview

The Starting Line 1928 Project is a series of podcasts that for first time tells women running history stories about the early years of our sport. This includes interviews with Black women long distance running pioneers.

There are currently thirty-one American born Black women who have broken 3 hours in the marathon. These ladies are part of what’s termed “The List.” The most dominant runner on this list is Michele Cuke who broke 2:45 on eight occasions and held the distinction of holding the all-time leading marathon time for a record 23 years from 1981 to 1989 (2:39:07) and again from 1991 – 2006 (2:37:41).

Learn how Michele stayed true to her religious faith while excelling on the track before turning to road running. She was the 1983 NCAA champion at 1500 meters and inducted into the National Black Distance Running Hall of Fame in 2022.

Here’s the link to her interview:

Gary Corbitt
Archivist: Theodore Corbitt Institute for Running History Research
Historian: National Black Marathoners Association (NBMA)