July 22, 2020
“I can look back on my career and say that, honestly, it never occurred to me that I lacked opportunity, because I was doing exactly what I wanted to do.”
By Brice Cherry, Waco Tribune-Herald
It probably will come as a shock to those in the track & field community, but Francie Larrieu Smith...
November 24, 2015
Mile legend was also selected "The Most Versatile Runner of the Quarter Century" by Runner's World magazine in 1999.
From Southwestern Pirates
Francie Larrieu Smith was named to the Pac-12 Conference's All-Century Team for women's cross country, the league office announced on Tuesday. Larrieu...
April 25, 2014
Date of Statehood: January 29, 1861
Motto: Ad astra per aspera (To the stars through difficulty)
Kansas’ state motto, “To the stars through difficulty,” perfectly encapsulates the feelings of those that struggle to realize a dream, and in particular their running dreams. The...
March 17, 2014
HOKA ONE ONE presents the inaugural Mile Moment of the Month
By Bring Back the Mile
March 1972: The world was still embroiled in the Cold War, the Vietnam War was raging on and U.S. President Richard Nixon had recently returned from an official visit to Mao Zedong in China. To step on the...
February 10, 2012
By Dan Helfrick, Huxley Running Co.
Francie Larrieu Smith was named by Runner’s World as the “most versatile runner of the Quarter century”. And rightfully so, as she competed in four Olympic Games racing from the 1500 to the marathon! She had a 30 year long athletic career and now coaches at...
July 26, 1992
Patriotism? Discipline? Perspective? Chalk `em all up to Francie Larrieu Smith. Who better to represent what the Olympics should be about?
By Dave Hyde, Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel via Chicago Tribune
This is a story about the flag, the Olympic spirit and one proper decision that connected...
April 21, 1975
“I’m not one of their favorites. They [AAU] have a lot of Mickey Mouse rules that sometimes are a pain in the rear."
By People magazine
Sprawled across the overstuffed couch in her two-bedroom apartment near the UCLA campus, her stringy wet hair wrapped in a towel, Francie Larrieu doesn’t...