She was famed for her running, and would only consent to marry a suitor who could outstrip her in a race, the consequence of failure being death.
In 407 he was slain in an attempt to enter the city, and with him was wounded one who was presently to outstrip both rivals.
The tendency observable in many of the austerities and miracles attributed to St Catherine to outstrip those of other saints, particularly Francis, is especially remarkable in this marvel of the stigmata, and so acute became the rivalry between the two orders that Pope Sixtus IV., himself a Franciscan, issued a decree asserting that St Francis had an exclusive monopoly of this particular wonder, and making it a censurable offence to represent St Catherine receiving the stigmata.
At the same time, new hairs begin to develop and to grow rapidly, and soon outstrip the hairs of the autumn pile.
His father, the god Ares-Hippius, gave him winged horses swift as the wind, and Oenomaiis promised his daughter to the man who could outstrip him in the chariot race, hoping thus to prevent her marriage altogether.