|Winning Boston, 1968.|
I was born on the exact same day and year as President Bill Clinton (Aug. 19, 1946). I'm not saying I'm proud; that's simply a fact. In August 2011, I turned 65 ... and so far, so good.
|What I look like now (more or less), and then.|
While still a senior at Wesleyan, and just 21 years old, I won the 1968 Boston Marathon. Later that year, I ran my best marathon (2:14:19) in Japan.
|Brrrr, New Year's Day.|
These days I run about 25 miles a week for fitness and occasional racing thrills. I figured that I've covered about 103,000 miles in my running career. (For brief stories of other runners who have run more than 100,000 miles, see a little web site I host, www.100kLifetimeMiles.com.)
I often tell people that my proudest accomplishment in running isn't winning Boston but running the annual Manchester (CT) 5-Mile Road Race on Thanksgiving Day for 49 years in a row. (This Thanksgiving, 2012, is going to be a very big one for me!) I won the race nine times in the old days, but I now consider each successful finish on Thanksgiving Day as far more important than any victories anywhere anytime. (I have another streak, too: I'm part of a wild and wonderful group that runs 5 miles every Jan. 1 and then plunges into the frigid waters of Long Island Sound. It's my favorite day and event of the year.)
I also hope to run the Boston Marathon again next spring, in April 2013. This will mark the 45th anniversary of my win in 1968. For the last three decades, I have been running Boston every fifth year on one of my anniversary years. And, of course, I ran the 100th in 1996. Wouldn't have missed that for anything.
|Laura, Cristina, me, Dan, on Block Island, RI.|