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One Hundred Miles And Counting

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The song Dayeinu, from the Pesach Haggadah, comes to mind when I think of Dorit Attias and her accomplishments. If I just said she had won multiple awards as an international race walker – wow, Dayeinu. Or if I just mentioned she was an Iraqi war veteran – Dayeinu. A Staff Sergeant in the US Army Reserves – Dayeinu. Former member of the Lakewood Auxiliary Police – Dayeinu. Volunteer firefighter for the Lakewood, New Jersey Fire Department – cool (Dayienu) and finally, the great honor of being chosen to represent the US Table Tennis team for the Maccabiah Games in Israel this year – Dayeinu! Yet Dorit is all of this and more.Shulman-021513-Ping-Pong

Dorit grew up in sunny Eilat. She was involved in sports since she was a young child. As a teenager she was the table tennis champion of Eilat, winning 2nd place in the southern regional competition and going on to win 3rd place in the national mixed double championship. At the same time, she was running marathons.

“My lifetime dream was to train for the Olympics. I went as far as I could go in Eilat and then it was time to move on,” Dorit says.

Dorit’s mom was an American and she had an American passport. So in the mid 80’s, Dorit moved to Lakewood, NJ. She made the US Olympic trials for track and field and came out in 11th place. Unfortunately, only the top three finalists are chosen to go on to the Olympics. To continue aiming for her dream, Dorit realized, she would have to quit her job and train full time. She had no sponsors and needed to put bread on the table – so she realized her Olympic dream would have to fall to the wayside. Undaunted (although a bit disappointed), she turned to race walking, and in 1988 she won first place in the highly acclaimed New York City marathon, race walking division.

Shulman-021513-Soldier“I love race walking. I love the sport,” Dorit tells me. “I participate in anywhere from 5 to 30 races a year. I basically do it until I get sick of it and need a break. Then I decide I need to get back in shape (I don’t think Dorit’s ever been not in shape!) and get back into it. Sometimes I do it for the competition and sometimes just as a work out.”

Dorit is cavalier about her athletic accomplishments, yet she has placed in the top three in nearly all the races she has participated in (about 200!). For two years running, in 2004 and 2005, she placed first in the US National Championship over all females in all age groups. In 2006 and 2007 she won first place in a 24-hour race walk in Rouen, France. She represents the United States in Mexico, Malaysia and France in race walking and some of her other races include the 2006 Texas Ultra centric in which she walked 101.5 miles in 24 hours earning the distinction of first American woman centurion in 20 years (in English – first American woman to walk 100 miles in one day). She tells me she’d been trying for this coveted “centurion” title for a few years.

“The first time I tried, “ she confided, “was in a race in Colorado. It snowed for the full 24 hours but I only clocked in at 99 miles.”

Ever modest and looking to push herself further, Dorit says – “One of my goals now is to finish Paris- Colmar, a 200 mile walk over four days, starting from Paris and ending in the town of Colmar, France.”Shulman-021513-3-ladies

This highly internationally publicized event is similar to the Tour de France, just on foot, not on bicycle. No American has ever finished it yet. Nine women were invited to participate – Dorit was one of them, the first American race walker to be invited. It is the longest and most difficult walking race in the world.

“I had a volunteer support crew of ten people, including 2 RV’s, who followed me every step of the way with food, change of clothing and first aid. I walked in 100 degree weather during the day which made for pretty wet clothing after a while and at night it was cold. Unfortunately, I was pulled out of the race after 37 hours. The blisters on my feet were getting scary looking.”

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3 Responses to “One Hundred Miles And Counting”

  1. Yes! I am that girl who went to Madison Jr. High in Newark NJ…..and.
    vacationed in Keansburg every single summer.

  2. Yes! I am that girl who went to Madison Jr. High in Newark NJ…..and.
    vacationed in Keansburg every single summer.

  3. Yes! I am that girl who went to Madison Jr. High in Newark NJ…..and.
    vacationed in Keansburg every single summer.

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