‘Speedy Beatie’ is stepping up her game and has hired a lawyer to help push her bid forward to have the race moved from Shabbat.
New Jersey-born Bracha “Beatie” Deutsch, a champion marathon runner and mother of five children, isn’t just fighting to qualify for the Olympics in 2021. She must overcome the biggest hurdle – persuading the International Olympic Association not to hold a key athletic event on the Jewish Sabbath.
Back in March, Deutsch wrote a letter to the committee requesting that the event be held on a day other than Saturday so that she could compete. However, her attempt fell flat as the Olympic authorities informed her that the “scheduling of events to cater for religious practices is just not something we can accommodate.”
Now, Beatie is stepping up her game, hiring a lawyer to help push her bid forward to have the race rescheduled.
We stand behind her and hope she succeeds!