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Back when women had no say, Tersilla ran Around the Bay

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Tersilla Komac is getting a plaque in her honour on the Hamilton Beach Strip.

The reason? A long time ago, she went somewhere she wasn't supposed to. And a year later, she went there again.

She went around the Bay, is what she did. Just up and joined a race women that weren't supposed to run.

But what was strictly against the rules then is something to celebrate now.

Tersilla, 86, smiles at the thought of her image and story on a plaque for all to see.

"I never in my mind thought of that," she says.

She is from Giorgione, a town near Venice. In the big farmhouse where she grew up, there were 26 people in all. The extended Beraldo family worked someone else's land, and it was a hard living.

Tersilla did not run there. But when she was about 16, she did buy a bicycle with money earned from cleaning houses. She loved to ride. "It is freedom. You go and the wind blows on you."

A couple of aunts had emigrated here. "They........

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