Quotation by Ada Anderson

I am willing, for a money consideration, to test this physical strength, this nervous force, and muscular power with which I've been gifted, to show that they will bear a certain strain. If I break down, if my brain gives way under want of sleep, my heart ceases to respond to the calls made on my circulatory system, or the surcharged veins of my extremities burst—if, in short, I fall helpless, or it may be, dead on the track, then I lose my money.
Ada Anderson (1860–?), U.S. marathon walker. As quoted in WomenSports magazine, p. 17 (June 1976).

Said c. 1878, the year in which Anderson amazed the world by "walking a quarter mile every fifteen minutes for a month." During that month, she never slept for more than ten minutes at a time. For her efforts, she won $10,000.
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