Here I am winning the Boston Marathon on April 19, 1968, the last day that Boston was held on the original Patriots' Day (this was a Saturday) rather than the current third Monday of the month. I ran 2:22:17 on a warm, sunny day. In December, 1968, I ran my personal best, 2:14:29, in the Fukuoka Marathon in Japan.
now (well, a couple of years ago) and in 1968 when I won the Boston
Marathon wearing a painter's cap and my Wesleyan University singlet.
left) son, Dan; wife, Cristina; me; daughter, Laura at dock on Groton
Long Point, CT, where Cristina and I were married in 1995. I grew up at
Groton Long Point, and return whenever I can, including for an annual
run-swim on Jan. 1 of each New Year.
Here I'm celebrating after a Hash Run in Beijing a couple of days prior to the 2008 Olympic Games.
I'm running in the World Veterans Championships in Riccione, Italy, in
September 2007. I finished in the middle of the pack in my age-group,
60-64, in the 5000, 10,000 and cross-country races.
Another view of racing in Italy.
I am with two guys who, together, have run four Olympic Marathons. On
left, Frank Shorter, winner of the 1972 Munich Olympics and silver
medalist four years later. On right, my high school coach and
mentor/inspiration, John J. "The Younger" Kelley, who ran in the '56 and
'60 Olympic Marathons.
few minutes after a typically dark, cold New Year's Day run, and after
I've had time to bundle up again, Cristina gives me a warming hug.
my induction into the Wesleyan Sports Hall of Fame in 2008, Cristina
and I hold a photo from the 1968 Boston Marathon while clinking wine
Cristina and I enjoy a Jamaican sunset in Feb. 2009.