My name is Julia Emmons. I have been living in Atlanta, Georgia for 50 years. I arrived in 1968 from Cambridge, Massachusetts, where I was a research librarian at Harvard. I followed my then husband down to Emory, where I taught Library Science for 15 years, picking up a PHD in History along the way. In 1985, I tossed my tenured Emory professorship aside and became the Executive Director of the Atlanta Track Club and, as such, also Director of the then 25,000-runner Peachtree Road Race. This was a career move that still has close friends shaking their heads. Though I still love Emory, and presently serve on the Emory Alumni Board, I have never regretted the unorthodox swerve. I quickly became involved with USA Track and Field, the sport’s governing body, which led to the privilege of serving as Director of the Men’s and Women’s Olympic marathons for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and, in 2004, as a staff member of the US Track and Field team at the Athens Olympics.