Dixie Douville is a former member of the Spinning® master instructor team as well as a former Spin Pilates master instructor. She has run 23 marathons, including Boston eight times. Dixie is also a USA Track and Field certified coach and a certified coach with Road Runners Club of America. She has been a contributor at ICA as well as for both of our Indoor Cycling Summits.
Dixie first presented this Boston Marathon ride at WSSC in the mid 2000s, and it quickly became one of the iconic, empowering sessions instructors spoke about across the country. I was thrilled when she agreed to write it up for ICA members! You are in for a treat!
Here is how Dixie introduces this profile:
For many marathon runners, the ultimate goal is to run fast enough to qualify for the Boston Marathon. I am privileged to have run it eight times (out of the 23 marathons I have run). Since I went to college just north of Boston, I had been a spectator at the race many times. My first Boston marathon was in 1995 and is when I set my PR. I am fortunate to have shared this race experience with many of my running friends. Being a New Englander, there is nothing like running 26.2 miles through the Boston suburbs and finishing at the Prudential Center, one of Boston’s iconic modern landmarks.
In the spring of 1997, my family was living outside of Chicago and one of my indoor cycling students (we’ll call her Lori) had qualified for Boston. As a way to celebrate Lori’s accomplishment and give her a powerful—and what turned out to be a very emotional—send-off the week before the race, I developed a profile based upon the course. I filled it with the intensity and the rich history of the Boston Marathon. At the end of the class, there were tears, laurel wreath crowns fashioned from the local craft store, and one of my medals around Lori’s neck. The response was so overwhelming, it became a signature profile for me and my students ask for it annually.
As I approach my 17th season of this ride, I have changed a few things, including some of the songs, but one thing that has not changed is my passion for the sport, the race, and the Boston experience. Take your students to the Boston Marathon and give them a sense of one of the greatest races in the world!