Overcoming obstacles is nothing new to Jessica Paquette. The only full-time, year-round female track announcer in the United States, Paquette has her sights set on running in the Boston Marathon April 17.
Back in 2020, when the marathon was held in the fall because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Paquette was supposed to run in the world-class event. But a horseback riding accident eight days before the race left her with a broken back.
Barbershop conversation is not necessarily idle chatter.
Barber Rasi Harper turned videographer after hearing tales of the track while he snipped away on clients such as former NFL coach turned Thoroughbred owner Bill Parcells, trainer Chad Brown, and jockeys Javier Castellano and Kendrick Carmouche.