Global Run Challenge Profile: Good hard training is more important than diet says Ultra legend Frank Bozanich
RUN THE WORLD: "I discovered running as a very young child as play and way to get places. I ran track in HS and College," says 74-year-old Frank Bozanich who currently lives in Reno, Nevada. His last overall ultra marathon win was when he was 69. In 1976 he won the AAU National 50 Mile Championship clocking 5 hours 36 minutes. In all he won three National 50 mile titles, two at 100k. In 1979 he set the American 100K record clocking six hours 51 minutes. I asked him about injuries. "I have been injury free all these years other than a couple hamstring situations when I was sprinting.," Frank says. "I attribute this to having a strong physical body. When I was a young lad I was working on crab fishing and salmon fishing boats. I helped my dad pull in crab pots (traps) by hand. I continue with physical work in wrestling and has a Marine. I have always maintained a strong overall body." I knew we had found another good Run The World team member. "I love the idea of the Run The World Challenge. It is fantastic way to join the world together in a different way. It is something we can all do..." Frank enjoys running as much as he did when he was young. "I understand that age takes a toll on speed and endurance. but I still love running. I have enjoyed working with and helping new runners and think we should impart what knowledge we have to help others improve and enjoy the sport so they can have a better quality of life in their elder years." How about diet? "I love eating good fresh Dungeness Crab when I can get it and also fresh wild caught salmon (no farm raised). I also eat whatever I want, no special diet. I eat good and well balanced foods, my wife of 51 years is a great cook." What is your secret for success? "The good hard training is more important than the diet," he says.
posted Wednesday June 27th
by Bob Anderson