Bonne Bell: 10,000 Meter Race For Women

This video documents Chicago’s first 6.2 mile race for women. Organized and hosted by the Loop Center YWCA in April,1978, it was billed as one of the largest, if not the largest, sporting event for women to that date. Over 2000 entrants completed the race. The tape vividly captures the excitement of women of all ages, races and economic status, many of whom were motivated to run by the desire to do something ‘just for themselves.’ Loop YWCA organizers, Sharon Mier and Erma Tranter appear in the tape as does then mayor of Chicago, Michael Bilandic.

Showings
Exhibition, Where the Future Came From, Columbia College Chicago , Glass Curtain Gallery, February, 2019
Exhibition, Film in Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago, September 13, 2018
Exhibition, Women’s Visions: Northeastern Illinois University Women’s Film & Video Festival, March, 1980
Exhibition, WOMEN MAKE WAVES, Women’s Liberation Union, Univ of Illinois Chicago, May, 1979
Exhibition, St. Louis Women’s Film Festival, March, 1979
Collection, Women’s Sports Foundation, San Mateo, Calif., 1978
Exhibition, Women’s Work, Chicago Editing Center, September, 1978 Exhibition,
Exhibition, Women in Sports Benefit, Loop Center YWCA, July, 1978

 

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