|Winning Boston, 1968.|
I was born on the exact same day and year as President Bill Clinton (Aug. 19, 1946). In August 2017, I turned 71 ... and so far, so good.
|What I look like now |
(more or less), and then.
I was the Connecticut high school 2-mile champion in 1964, and a two-time All-American in cross-country at little Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT (graduating in 1968). While there, I roomed in successive years with Jeff Galloway and Bill Rodgers, both of whom went on to become major influences in the running boom of the last 30 years.
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 (2:14:29) in Fukuoka, 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 110,000 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 55 years in a row, 1964 through 2017).
I won Manchester 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.)
In April 2013, I ran the Boston Marathon to celebrate the 45th anniversary of my win in 1968. I was one of the approximately 5000 third-wave runners who got stopped less than a mile from the finish. My initial disappointment turned to fear when I heard about the bomb explosions, because I had family members waiting at the finish. Then to relief when I found out they were unharmed. Then to shock/horror/grief when I learned that many others were not so lucky. I have since run the amazing 2014 "Comback Boston Marathon," the 2015 Boston (50th anniversary of my first Boston), and the 2016 and 2017 Bostons. On April 16, 2018, I hope to finish Boston again on the 50th anniversary of my victory in 1968.
I also ran the 100th Boston in 1996, with my wife, Cristina. Wouldn't have missed that for anything.
|Laura, Cristina, me, Dan, |
on Block Island, RI.