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"The World’s Toughest Foot Race has been cancelled for 2020. This was going to be the first race featured by My Best Runs to happen since the LA Marathon, held March 8, but Badwater 135 organizers just could not get things worked out," says MBR Director Bob Anderson.
Covering 135 miles (217km) non-stop from Death Valley to Mt. Whitney, CA, the Badwater® 135 is the most demanding and extreme running race offered anywhere on the planet. The start line is at Badwater Basin, Death Valley, which marks the lowest elevation in North America at 280’ (85m) below sea level.
The race finishes at Whitney Portal at 8,300’ (2530m), which is the trailhead to the Mt. Whitney summit, the highest point in the contiguous United States. The Badwater 135 course covers three mountain ranges for a total of 14,600’ (4450m) of cumulative vertical ascent and 6,100’ (1859m) of cumulative descent.
Competitors travel through places or landmarks with names like Mushroom Rock, Furnace Creek, Salt Creek, Devil’s Cornfield, Devil’s Golf Course, Stovepipe Wells, Panamint Springs, Darwin, Keeler, Lone Pine, Alabama Hills, and the Sierra Nevada.
The 43rd edition will NOT take place Monday-Wednesday, July 6-8, 2020.(06/28/2020) ⚡AMP
We could not make this happen in 2020 and we have been forced to cancel our event for this year. Recognized globally as "the world’s toughest foot race," this legendary event pits up to 90 of the world’s toughest athletes runners, triathletes, adventure racers, and mountaineers against one another and the elements. Badwater 135 is the most demanding and...more...
The COVID-19 virus is deadly. Already (as of May 17) at least 317,000 people worldwide have died from the virus. This number is still growing by thousands each day. By the end of this week most likely over 100,000 people in the US will have died from the Coronvirus (COVID-19).
Some people think this number has been inflated. Others think it is low. It is hard to really know the true facts. In any case thousands of people have died from this new virus. That's a fact.
Some still feel this virus is no worse than the common flu. Many of these ill informed people might be some of the ones who are continuing to spread the Cornavirus. Many of these people don't wear face masks while in public nor practice social distancing. These types of people could easily be those that end up infecting others. And kill racing too. More on this later.
Doctors are saying this virus is much more contagious than the common flu and the death rate particularly for people aged 60 plus is high. Much higher than the common flu.
This information is talked about daily in the news and there is no need to further exam that here. The focus here is road racing and what impact this crisis is going to have on the sport.
The My Best Runs (MBR) website only features and follow the best, most interesting and unique races in the world. The site is currently following 837 races from all over the world.
One thing the website does is list the leaderboard results from the races featured. The top four men and women and then age-group winners in ten year age-groups starting at age 40 are posted. Stats are complied and compared among the races. Nearly 90,000 unique people visited the site in February to look for races, follow races or read Running News Daily. The traffic had doubled in a year. That's over one million annually. The growth of the site illustrates how road racing around the world was growing.
Everything was set for a banner year. The Boston Marathon had lined up another amazing field for their annual races that has been held every year since 1896 on Patriots Day. The London marathon had confirmed that the world's top two marathoners would battle it out on the streets of London. Maybe the first sub two hour marathon in a real race was going to happen? However both races were postponed and they hope to have races this fall. Some feel that is not going to happen.
It was in early February when people began talking about the Cornavirus. A virus started in China. But mostly people did not seem overly concerned.
The month before (January 26) the Ujena Fit Club (UFC) Training Camp in Thika Kenya was opened. The camp was not totally finished but the core group of runners had been selected, a time trial was staged and a traditional goat feed blessed the opening. A couple hundred people showed up for the affair.
A third floor of the club would be added in the following months to house guests interested in training with elite Kenyan runners. The official grand opening was set for the end of May with a Double Road Race 15k race planned the same weekend. Sponsored were being lined up for a world record attempt.
The top runner in the club and part owner is Joel Maina Mwangi. For the last couple of years prior he would travel to Italy in the spring and bring back enough prize money to take care of him and his family for the rest of the year.
2020 was going to be his best year yet. Joel was in top form being trained at his UFC Training Camp by coach Dennis. His teammates pushed Joel in three-a-day workouts to higher limits.
Joel left for Italy in early February right after the UFC Training Camp US partners Bob and Catherine Anderson had left after attending the opening.
Joel's first race was in Verona, Italy Feb 16. He won that race and clocked 1:00:40 for the half marathon, a personal best. His plan was to race each weekend after that and then run the Rome Half Marathon set for March 8. This point to point course is fast. Galen Rupp had won there a couple of years back breaking an hour in the process. Joel's plan was to win, break an hour for the first time and bring home the big prize purse.
This didn't happen as Italy started closing down their country to battle COVID-19. It was going out of control. Joel luckily left Italy March 7th for his home in Thika, Kenya while he could still travel. But not with the over $20k(US) he was planning on bringing back home with him.
The world was shutting down. Whole countries were locking down. The last race featured by MBR to take place was the LA Marathon March 8 along with several others held that same weekend. There has not been a significant race held any place in the world since March 8. California ordered everyone to Shelter in Place starting March 17. Other states and countries followed.
Every race scheduled for April or May and featured on the MBR website were either canceled or postponed. Most races also in June and July have been canceled or postponed as well. The Tokyo Olympics were postponed for a year. The Berlin marathon in September was canceled (but they are trying to workout a new date), Western States 100, the Camrades Marathon, the Dipsea, and so many other well established races were cancelled.
Pippa Stevens a CNBC writer posted, "As running has grown in popularity, local clubs have popped up around the country, and there are now roughly 35,000 races each year in the U.S. alone, data from industry trade group Running USA shows.
"More than 44 million people in the U.S. identify as a runner, and 17.6 million people crossed the finish line in U.S. races in 2019.
"With all races cancelled for the time being, billions of dollars are at stake. The biggest marathons – from Boston to Chicago to London to Tokyo – inject hundreds of millions of dollars into local economies. The most recent analysis of the TCS New York City Marathon, for example, found that the race’s economic impact topped $400 million."
A lot is at stake. But race directors need to know that even if cities allow them to hold their races, not everyone will automatically be there on the starting line.
Dan Anderson wrote, "I am having a major motivational problem with my running! For the first time in my running career (almost 55 years) I have no races to train for. I really miss them. But I will not run in a race until a vaccine is available. Being 68 years old with several preexisting risk factors it is too dangerous! Hopefully within a year a vaccine will be available. Until then I will push myself to get out and run."
Racing is addictive and so many people around the world love it. Once things are figured out and it is safe again many will be there on the starting line.
Sam Tada who lives in Japan wrote, "Racing helped me so many times in my life and I miss it.
"Racing gives us opportunity of challenge, growth, and communication. It makes us happy and healthy mentally and physically. I love racing and miss it.
"We are facing difficult time right now but once this health concern is gone I think we will be able to enjoy racing more since we understand how racing is important for us.
"I am looking forward to racing again and I am trying to do my best effort to stop the spread of this virus."
There are a lot of things that will need to be addressed. Here are some ideas I have. Maybe at least for awhile or forever all runners will need to show up wearing a Face Mask.
Then they walk into a screening booth and have their temperature checked. If they pass, they walk into another booth were they are sprayed with a solution (totally safe) that would kill any viruses they may have on their clothing, shoes or body. At this point they are still wearing their face mask. And they continue to wear their face mask until about a quarter mile out or until there is spacing between them and others. Once they finish they put back on their Face Mask until they are back in their car.
Of course everyone would have to sign a Waiver saying that if they contract COVID-19 at the race and if they die later their family could not sue the race or city. No idea how porta potties, water stops or handing out medals at the end could work out other than eliminating them.
I see two problems with these ideas. Remember those people that are already not following the rules? Do you think they would show up at a race wearing a Face Mask? And we also know that signing a waiver does not restrict a family from sueing everyone if a member of their family dies from COVID-19 which they determined they got at a race. Even before this crisis a husband ran a half marathon in San Francisco and died at the finish line. He had signed a waiver but his wife sued everyone and won lots of money. The race Director got out of the business (sadly) yet he did nothing wrong from the inside information I know.
There is not a clear answer about the future of road racing. No matter how careful race directors, cities and charities (because they are big losers too) work together it would only take a few jerks to ruin it all.
So what race is going to be the first one back? Any day now the Old Dominion 100 Miler set for June 8th will be making a decision. They posted on their website, "The Old Dominion Run is still working all options in an attempt to have the run this year.
"We are working with numerous authorities in our area to assist in providing a good and safe race day experience for everyone involved. The governor of Virginia has gone to phase one in our area and our authorities are reviewing our plan vs the restrictions.
"Currently, part of our proposal has had to include a limit on our field to 50% for any hopes for us to proceed. We currently have 55 entrants and will not immediately be taking more from the wait list.
"Responses from the authorities will be a major part of our decision on 17 May. If the race proceeds, entries will not be more than 55. The waitlist will remain active," posted by Ray, Wynne and Race Management.
On June 20th the Shelter Island 10k (first photo) is scheduled to take place in Shelter Island New York. It is a big race and there are always fast winning times. We have contacted the race director and have not gotten a comment from them. There is no mention on their website about COVID-19. We are assuming they are trying to make it happen but what is their plan?
A couple of other races in late June are also trying to figure something out. Like the Halifax Marathon (second photo) has not torn in the towel just yet but are closely monitoring the situation as noted on their website.
Another one of the 837 races being followed by MBR wrote, "Our race was cancelled for this year, fingered crossed we will be back in 2021, april 17th.
"Our race of 2500 might look a bit different in 2021, 10 wave starts of 250 each? Each 10, 15 to 20 minutes apart? Lots of questions like what will aid stations look like and function? Maybe results may go to chip times, or no awards at all? Things will be different.
"The big question now is how we will all deal with the city, county and state mandates and permits. In the past, permits were a pretty easy process, no mass gatherings limitations.
"Locally I believe we will have some small events, mostly if not all on our trail system which limits events to 200 participants. A couple are still moving forward with fall dates, hopefully they will happen. Currently we have a limit for runs set by our city, set at 250 runners with wave starts, with really no other details. In the past road events have had much bigger fields. Going forward if the social distancing stays part of the rules it will be very hard to stage a very large running event.
"Events may look like some ultrarunning events, with very little or no finish line parties, just finish, quick drink and maybe food and head home.
"Runners and organizations will adapt to the rules and events will happen," wrote Brian at Race to Robie Creek.
Hopefully the game changer is going to be that a vaccine is created and COVID-19 is wiped off the face of the earth. Just as long as everyone gets vaccinated and don't continue to think that COVID-19 is no worse than the common flu. This could solve most everything as long as cities who issue permits think it is enough.
It sure would be nice to get back to things as they were. Or at least close to it. But many of us will continue to wash our hands more often, wear a face masks at times and not go out if they are not feeling well. Road racing is just too important to so many people.(05/17/2020) ⚡AMP
(May 19, 2020) Thank you all so much for your patience as we were waiting to hear back on all of our approvals today. However, we are very sad to say the race is cancelled for 2020 due to COVID-19. We did not receive all of the approvals needed from our area authorities. See you in 2021. The Old Dominion...more...
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends wearing a face mask in public.
But what if you’re zooming past people on a bike or running on an empty trail? Many people have asked if they still need a mask. Let’s face it: they’re not the most comfortable accessory when sweating your way through a workout.
Here’s what you should know to stay as safe as possible while exercising outdoors.
Should I wear a mask while exercising outdoors?
The answer depends on where, and potentially when, you’re exercising.
The CDC recommends wearing a mask in public settings where it’s harder to stay away from people, like grocery stores and pharmacies. Currently, the rule is to maintain at least six feet between yourself and others. If you’ve jogged along Kelly Drive or in Wissahickon Valley Park, you know that’s often impossible, especially on sunny Saturdays.
“If you’re in an area where you know you’re going to be crossing paths with a lot of other people, you 100% should be wearing a mask, but in general, try to avoid those situations,” says Patrick Davitt, the director of the University of Sciences’ Health Science Program.
Davitt suggests finding less crowded areas and avoiding peak hours. As an avid runner currently training for a 100-mile race, he runs almost daily, often still outside, and without a mask during early morning jaunts.
“As long as you’re running alone in an unpopulated area, you can keep the mask at home,” says Davitt. “But if you see someone in your oncoming path, cross the street well in advance — it’s just common courtesy as a runner.”
Avoid people, even if you’re wearing one
Make the effort to hop off the sidewalk or swerve into the grass. As a runner or biker, playing the game of coronavirus Frogger is extra important since others may not see you whizzing by from behind.
This applies even if you’re wearing a mask. Experts say that masks don’t replace social distancing, which remains one of the most important ways to slow the spread of the virus.
“Keeping that six feet of distance from someone else is more important than anything else,” says Bucks County Health Director Dr. David Damsker.
If wearing a mask, remember it won’t make you invincible. You may also need to adapt your workout, but don’t let this discourage you.
“Running and being outdoors is good for you, so you don’t want to stop,” says Davitt. “Just understand that exercising with something that’s covering your mouth, that you’re not used to wearing, is likely to change how your workout looks, and that’s okay.”
How to exercise with a mask
The obvious change: wearing a mask makes it harder to breathe. You may need to decrease the volume and intensity of your workout.
“Airflow will be restricted, so your body will have to work harder to perform at the same rate as you would without the mask, and that becomes exponentially true as the intensity goes up,” says Davitt. “The faster and harder you’re breathing, the more the mask is going to affect that.”
Listen to your body. This is extra important if you have underlying conditions, like asthma. Don’t be afraid to slow down and take breaks. Davitt says now may be a good time to back off a little anyway, especially if you’re prone to pushing yourself to your limit.
“If you go too hard, that can compromise your immune system, which you don’t want right now,” says Davitt.
To get used to exercising with a mask, practice inside. Wear it for at least an hour and get moving. Five minutes of jumping jacks is a great place to start.
“If it’s irritating your face, you need to find a way to reposition it or find another mask that works better for you,” says Dr. Alexis Tingan, assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation and sports medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
Make sure your mask is comfortableComfort is crucial so that you don’t adjust your mask once outdoors — which, experts emphasize, is essential to avoid spreading the virus. It’s challenging enough to avoid fidgeting with a mask when you’re not sweating it out, so take time to find the right fit.
One of the most comfortable Face Masks on the market is being made by UjENA Fit Club. These are made from high quality four-way stretch fabric. These Mindful Face Mask is what lifetime runner Bob Anderson is wearing all the time while in pubic.
A proper fit will also help you avoid a rash. If the mask starts to bother you, address it immediately.“Running has an analgesic effect, so your pain sensitivity gets temporarily dulled” says Davitt. “But it’s just like avoiding a blister — if you continue, you might be limited from going outside at all the next day.
”You may have to head home earlier than planned. If you’re far from home in a crowded area, Davitt says to act strategically. Can you use your shirt as a barrier to readjust the mask? Or shrug your shoulder to your ear to reposition?
Avoid touching the mask with your hands.As the weather gets warmer, working out with a mask becomes less appealing. Choose a style that’s optimal for exercising.“I’d advise against the ear-loop medical masks. They can get soggy,” says Tingan.
“While the CDC recommends cotton for indoor situations, there’s no set guidelines on exercising. Cotton is going to be incredibly uncomfortable and you’ll become much more likely to touch the mask.”
Cotton absorbs sweat, but it’s not moisture-wicking. The sweat stays in the fabric, often leaving you soaking wet by the end of a workout. Finding a breathable material is key. If you’re shopping online, look for the words “breathable” and “microfiber.”
“You’ve got to work with your resources. The mask prevents droplets from going out into the air, so anything is better than nothing,” notes Tingan. “But if cotton makes your workout miserable, then you’re less likely to wear it correctly, or to wear a mask altogether.”
You may want to find an alternative for exercise. Tingan recommends balaclavas and buffs.
Balaclavas cover the whole head and neck; look for a style that covers the mouth and nose. Avoid wool, and look for microfiber, an absorbent, fast-drying material.
A buff is a tube of stretchy material that you can pull up over your nose and mouth. Its name comes from one of the main brands that makes them; they’re also sometimes called “neck gaiters.”
“Balaclavas and buffs have elastic and a close fit, so they’re also less likely to move around when you’re running,” says Tingan.
If you go the cotton route, consider wearing a sweatband around your forehead. This helps trap sweat to prevent you from wiping your face.
Virtual exercise and races
Own a treadmill, stationary bike or bike trainer? If you’re anxious about exercising outdoors, it may be worth checking out trending virtual exercise apps like BitGym, Virtual Runner, and Zwift allow runners and bikers to explore different courses, often simulated from those around the world. Some apps, like Zwift, allow you to also compete with others.
“I can be cycling alongside someone from Sweden or Brazil, or running down the road and see this cartoon avatar trying to pass me,” says Davitt of Zwift. “It’s making the indoor workout more fun, and it brings back a sense of camaraderie that’s missing while we’re all social distancing.”(04/18/2020) ⚡AMP
"It isn’t for me, it’s for all the people, the doctors and nurses, whichever country you are in," said Capt. Tom Moore.
It started off as a bit of encouragement, a nudge to her World War II veteran father to keep active in lockdown after breaking his hip 18 months ago.
Less than two weeks later, 99-year-old Capt. Tom Moore and his daughter have helped raise more than 18 million pounds, or $22 million, to support the staff and volunteers of the U.K.’s beloved National Health Service.
“I told him, I’ll give you a pound for every length that you do and if you do 100 by your 100th birthday that’ll be 100 pounds,” said Tom Moore's daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore, who lives with her father in Marston Moretaine, around 50 miles north of London.
Each day, Moore, armed with his walker, aimed to do enough lengths of the path in his 50-yard-long yard to finish the challenge in time for his birthday at the end of the month. They started a JustGiving page, and aimed to raise 1,000 pounds, or $1,244, by the end of the month.
Local media then picked up the story and the donations started rolling in. They smashed the initial target and the Moores then set a goal of 5,000 pounds. They soon upped it to 50,000 pounds, and then 250,000 pounds. In the end, it took just 11 days to raise 18 million pounds, with the number continuing to rise by hundreds of thousands on Friday morning.
“This is unbelievable, it really is. You can’t believe when you see these sums of money come along,” said Moore in a video interview, sitting in an arm chair and dressed in a shirt and tie.
During the war, he served with the British army India and Burma, now known as Myanmar, and went on to become an instructor at The Armoured Fighting Vehicle School.
In total, more than 900,000 people have donated, bringing record traffic to the JustGiving website. The numbers were so large that JustGiving had to ask donors to bear with them as they processed donations from thousands of Moore’s supporters.
He even caught the eye of Prince William, who called him a “one-man fundraising machine.”
While the image of the WWII vet in a suit jacket emblazoned with medals has in itself inspired many, so has the effort to help the country's socialized health service. The NHS is under unprecedented strain from coronavirus and workers facing similar equipment shortages as in the U.S., and Moore's challenge struck a chord.
We need to stop the spread of COVID-19. Wear a face mask while out in public. One of the best on the market is the Mindful Face Masks made by UjENA Fit Club. Lifetime runner Bob Anderson wear these masks while out in public.(04/12/2020) ⚡AMP
The Nagano Marathon was one of the few major races in world in April featured by My Best Runs that had not been cancelled or postponed. "Like so many other races they tried to make it happen," says Bob Anderson, MBR director, "but in the end COVID 19 won the battle. Today the Marathon organizers posted the following message on their wesite."
"The Nagano Marathon Organizing Committee (composed of Japanese Olympic Committee, Japan Association of Athletics Federations, Nagano Prefecture, Nagano City and The Shinano Mainichi Shimbun / Co-host: NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation)/ Superintendence: Nagano Athletic Association) had the meeting on 25th March and has decide to cancel the 22nd Nagano Marathon planned to held in Nagano City on 19th April, 2020.
This is the decision to put utmost priority to safety and prevent spread of new-coronavirus (COVID-19) in the situation in which the end of the pandemic has not yet been seen.
The Nagano Marathon Organizing Committee has considered the measures to hold the race safely with carefully watching ever-changing world situation, cooperating with respective related organizations.
However, The Nagano Marathon Organizing Committee has thought the risk of infections cannot be excluded completely for this race in which approximately ten thousand runners will participate and there are many chances for runners, volunteers who support the race, staffs and spectators along the course to get together.
The numbers of runners for the 22nd Nagano Marathons are 10,743 runners for domestic general entry, 392 runners for foreign general entry, 30 runners for visually impaired person’s entry and 11,217 runners in total together with guest runners and corporate team’s runners.
The Nagano Marathon Organizing Committee is considering specific ways to address to the runners and will inform you at a later date.
Thank you very much for your understanding and kind cooperation for Nagano Marathon."(03/25/2020) ⚡AMP
The Nagano Olympic Commemorative Marathon is an annual marathon road race which takes place in mid-April in Nagano, Japan. It is an IAAF Bronze Label Road Race competition. The Nagano Marathon has races for both elite and amateur runners. It is named in honour of the 1998 Winter Olympics which were held in Nagano. The course has a point-to-point style...more...
The Tokyo marathon mass race was cancelled because of the worldwide panic concerning the Coronavirus. However, the elite race took place as scheduled. What a race it was. Perfect running weather. Birhanu Legese from Ethiopia was the overall winner clocking 2:04:15. He also won last year.
Suguru Osako was the first Japanese across the line setting a new national record with 2:05:29. This giving him a big pay day. Lonah Cemtai Salpeter set a new course record in winning the women's race clocking 2:17:45. Legese, wearing Nike's much-discussed carbon-plated shoes, hit the front before the 40 kilometre mark, winning by more than half a minute but missing out on Wilson Kipsang's 2017 record of 2:03.58.
Somali-born Belgian Bashir Abdi (2:04.49) pipped Ethiopian Sisay Lemma (2:04.51) to second place in a race for the line.
Japan's Suguru Osako finished fourth in 2:05.29, improving his own national record by 21 seconds and locking up Japan's third and final spot in the men's field for the Tokyo Olympics later this year.
Lonah Korlima Chemtai Salpeter, who runs for Israel, won the women's race in a record time of 2:17.45, 50 seconds ahead of Birhane Dibaba with her fellow Ethiopian Sutume Asefa Kebede a distant third two minutes back.
Sarah Chepchirchir owned the previous women's record of 2:19:47 from the 2017 race.
Suguru Osako's national record brought him a 100 million yen bonus (US$950,000) from the Japan Corporate Track and Field Federation as part of their "Project Exceed" initiative to improve performances in the build-up to the Olympics Games. "It is not clear if the same person can be paid the bonus twice," says Bob Anderson, MBR editor. "This is still being confirmed."
Suguru Osako (Ōsako Suguru, born 23 May 1991) is a Japanese long-distance runner. He won the 10,000 metres gold medal at the 2011 Summer Universiade in Shenzhen and holds the Asian junior record for the half marathon. He held the Japanese National Record for the marathon of 2:05.50 set at the 2018 Chicago Marathon, where he finished third.
The Tokyo Marathon is an annual marathon sporting event in Tokyo, the capital of Japan. It is an IAAF Gold Label marathon and one of the six World Marathon Majors. (2020) The Tokyo Marathon Foundation said it will cancel the running event for non-professional runners as the coronavirus outbreak pressures cities and institutions to scrap large events. Sponsored by Tokyo...more...
A little past 7 on Christmas Eve morning, about 15 minutes before sunrise, I headed out for my Tuesday morning four mile run through Central Park. I’ve done the same thing, at the same time on 19 Tuesdays since late spring. It wasn’t easy this time.
Lately it has gotten a lot harder. The hills in the park seem to have gotten a fair bit bigger. In spite of having run six days a week since Memorial Day my fitness hasn’t improved in a typical way.
I start my run at home and finish near a diner at Columbus Circle. Kristen leaves the apartment a little after I do and takes a duffel of dry clothes on the subway to meet me. We’ve gotten the timing down so we arrive at about the same time.
I towel off and change clothes in the restroom of the diner. A quick coffee and a bagel and off to Mt Sinai for my weekly chemo treatment.I haven’t really kept it a secret that I was diagnosed with colon cancer in March. A fair number of friends know.
I have made a point of not talking about it much; choosing not to allow myself to become a victim of the diagnosis or to have “C” as a new middle initial or for any of it to become an unintended and unwanted new identity so....a lot of folks might not know.
I seek no pity, no attention nor to raise money to cure anything. You should know I share all of this only in an attempt to get it out of my head and move on.
At the same time, if this encourages anyone to stay active in spite of a health condition or more importantly to listen to your body and when something feels off, see a Dr, get a colonoscopy as I did, good.
Tuesday wasn’t meant to be my last run to a chemo appointment but it will be. The side effects have gotten increasingly more difficult and unmanageable. My Dr. said that I had already realized the benefits of the treatment and continuing would be more harmful than helpful.
He gave me the best Christmas gift ever by agreeing it’s time to stop. I’ve managed to cover about 800 miles since I recovered enough from surgery to begin running in late May.
My Dr. supported my attempt to try and run through my treatments. He seemed to intuitively know that after 50 years as a runner that it would be good for me both mentally and physically.
I’m not sure he initially thought I could keep it up. In time I think he began to think I might. I never doubted It. The nurses in the infusion suites were endlessly supportive and maybe even amused (or maybe bemused) by what I was trying to do.
All of my runs each week fell into a nice predictable pattern. Tuesday’s morning run to the hospital was always filled with intent; to be of good cheer about where I was headed and why. I always intended to minimize dread by running to the treatment, to take it head on.
Wednesday was a day off from running because I had no choice. I’d wait until late day to get out on Thursday to give myself as many hours as I could post-chemo. It usually worked.
I’d be a little gauzed over from the lingering effects but a gentle run in the woods seemed to wash it away. Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday were life as usual, as much as possible, with a daily run of 4-7 miles, mostly in the Connecticut woods.
It was all combined with slowly building anxiety as the days crept toward the next Tuesday. And so it went through the summer heat & humidity, the crisp lovely days of fall and the darkening cold days of early winter.
My Dr. said that the effects of the chemo would be cumulative and therefore more difficult as time went on. It was steadily getting harder over the months but with a certain amount of guile it was manageable, at least until early December.
Over the last few weeks there were new side effects weekly; amplified and lingering. I kept my routine, running every day but one each week.
My Tuesday run through the park had the intent I always meant it to have but coming as my 6th run in a row and over the hills of the park, it began feeling as difficult as the last 4 miles of a marathon.
Christmas week the side effects reached a point where quality of life was being impacted; sleep, eating, GI distress, weight loss and profound fatigue. It was hard to imagine continuing the treatment until early February.
My Christmas Eve morn run to the diner was a real beast. I struggled but made it. Big body chills, afterward a real doubt that I could get through the day without being hospitalized if I had my scheduled treatment.
I couldn’t eat after changing into my dry clothes. I wasn’t able to get warm no matter what I did. I felt crummy to say the least.
As Kristen and I talked about what to do, we both recalled a meeting with my Dr. back in June in which he said in my case chemo was optional but that research said a good outcome was slightly more likely if I did it. It made sense to take advantage of every opportunity presented to us and we quickly agreed to the 6 months of chemo.
I knew, we knew, that I’d reached a point where I needed to ask my Dr. what I could or should do. When I saw him mid morning he told us there was no statistical difference in the effectiveness of my particular treatment lasting 3 months vs. 6 months.
I’d made it 4.5 and he agreed that I had reached a place where stopping made sense. He shared with us that he had seen my decline and nearly recommended stopping a week prior but decided to wait and see if I bounced back.
I clearly hadn’t....and just like that I was done. What’s next? Beyond Christmas morning with my still sleeping family, it’ll be the beginning of a few weeks of getting the residual drugs metabolized out of my body and my blood counts rebuilt to normal levels.
I will have a lot of follow up blood tests and CT scans in the months and years ahead. I’m a really lucky one in that I caught this early, it hadn’t spread into my lymph nodes or anywhere else. The expectation is that I will be ok.
I’ll continue running six days a week. I might even run through the park to the diner on Tuesday mornings. I’m not sure my dear night owl of a partner would be quite so enthusiastic about continuing to leave at 7am with a bag of dry clothes. Maybe I can get her to keep doing it if I try to go at a more civilized hour...
Updated Feb 12 - I have continued running 6 days a week since Christmas. I’m still rebuilding my strength from the damage done to my blood from 4.5 months of chemo.
It’s slow but I’m gaining some strength. I managed my first 30 mile week recently and have gotten pace back down into the 8s per mile and my long run to 8 miles a couple of times.
In March I’ll go in for my first round of post chemo tests and my first colonoscopy (which will be necessary annually from here on). As a runner my body has done a very good job of keeping me informed of where I am and where I’ve been through all of this.
It was intolerance to normal running that led me to be a persistent pest with my Drs and led to the early (and luckily timely) diagnosis, running through the chemo kept me in touch with what was happening to my blood count.
I had blood tests every week prior to treatments and I was often able to tell my Dr what I felt like the blood test would show just from how different or difficult the running had been in the week prior.
Accordingly I’m pretty optimistic about what the tests in March will show, just as a result of how I’ve felt putting in a few more miles and even doing so a little more quickly...
Photos were taken Feb 2019 during a run in Central Park with MBR editor Bob Anderson.(02/12/2020) ⚡AMP
It was made official today (Dec 26) the My Best Runs 2020 World's Best 100 Races. The editors at My Best Runs lead by MBR and Runner's World magazine founder Bob Anderson considered thousands of races; races that are the best, most interesting and unique and races that if you can get into won't let you down.
"There are well over 100,000 official running races around the world," stated Bob Anderson from his office in Mountain View California, "and these are our 100 of the best. It was very hard to only pick 100 since there are many more I know I would enjoy to run or at least watch."
Bob Anderson loves to race. The soon to be 72-years-old (Dec 28) has run over 1000 races (including time trials) since he started racing in April of 1962. He still races and in fact won his age-group in winning the second half at the San Francisco marathon in 2019 and placed third in his age-group at the London Vitality 10k last May. In 2012 he ran 50 races, 350.8 miles and averaged 6:59 pace.
His My Best Runs website and the UjENA Fit Club website keeps him and his team plugged in to the current racing scene.
"We did not consider races which are more local in nature. Even through I love local races we only considered races that are international in scope. A race if you travel too, you would not be disappointed.
"With our nearly 80,000 unique visitors monthly from countries around the world, we considered all races around the planet," says Bob Anderson. "Some of these races are very hard to get into. But not impossible. If you can get in, these all would be a good racing experience for you. I hope to run more of these myself."(12/26/2019) ⚡AMP
I have run ten of these. Carlsbad 5000 (25 times), Boston Marathon (my fav), London vitality 10000 (which I am planning on running regularly), New York City Marathon, Kauai Marathon (beautiful course), Falmouth, Silicon Valley Turkey Trot, Bay to Breakers, Honolulu Marathon and San Francisco Marathon Weekend (second half). How about you? 12/26 4:40 pm
Three-time Olympic champion and world mile record-holder Peter Snell has died in Dallas. He was aged 80.
Snell, who is regarded as one of the greatest middle-distance runners, won the 800 meters at the 1960 Rome Olympics aged 21, and the 800-1,500 double at the 1964 Tokyo Games.
He was the first man since 1920 to win the 800 and 1,500 at the same Olympics. No male athlete has done so since.
Snell also won two Commonwealth Games gold medals in the 880 yards and mile at Perth in 1962.
He twice held the mile world record, and held world records in the 800 meters, 880 yards, 1,000 meters, and the 4x1-mile relay.
Snell's death was confirmed by family friend and New Zealand sports historian Ron Palenski, who heads New Zealand's Sport Hall of Fame.
“It is very sad news, a grievous loss for New Zealand,” Palenski said. “In terms of track and field, he is probably the greatest athlete New Zealand has had.”
Snell was coached by Arthur Lydiard, an innovator who was regarded as one of the world’s finest coaches of middle and long distance athletes. Lydiard also coached Murray Halberg to win the 5,000 meters at Rome in 1960.
Snell was the best miler of his generation, at a time when the mile was the blue riband event of world athletics. He began immediately after Roger Bannister's epoch-making sub-four-minute mile and while the glow of that achievement still suffused the sport.
In his physique he was unlike milers of the time: Snell was strong and powerful — more like a 400-meter runner — and not like the mostly lithe athletes who vied for world supremacy over the mile.
His stride was so powerful he often scarred the tracks on which he ran, kicking up puffs of debris, especially on grass or cinder tracks. Lydiard's training — based on massive mileage mostly on the road rather than the track — gave him enormous stamina but he also had unusual speed.
Snell's friend and training partner, Olympic marathon bronze medalist Barry Magee said “there will never be another New Zealand athlete like him.”
“He won three Olympic gold medals, two Commonwealth Games gold medals, and broke seven world records. He was the best-conditioned athlete of his time.”
Snell’s wife, Miki, said he died suddenly at his home in Dallas around noon on Thursday. He had been suffering from a heart ailment and required a pacemaker for several years.
Snell’s athletics career was relatively short. He retired in 1965 to pursue educational opportunities in the United States.
"Peter Snell was like a god to me," says MBR founder Bob Anderson. "I started running in February 1962 and Peter was my hero. I met him at one of our National Running Weeks in the early 80's and it was like meeting a rock star."
Snell graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in human performance from the University of California, Davis, and later with a Ph.D. in exercise physiology from Washington State University.
He became a research fellow at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in 1981, later becoming director of the university's Human Performance Center.
Snell was knighted by New Zealand in 2009. A statue in his honor stands at Cooks Gardens, Whanganui, near his birthplace of Opunake, where he broke the mile world record for the first time in 1962.(12/13/2019) ⚡AMP
Just this week teenage super star Mary Cain said her career was ruined by Salazar and Nike. She was mentally abused by coach Salazar when she was part of the Nike Oregon Project. Nike knew what was going on.
Let’s not forget who Nike is. Phil Knight built Nike into the giant company it is today. He was running things day to day at Nike when the Oregon Project was started in 2001. I am sure he pushed coach Salazar to do whatever it took for their athletes to win races.
Phil Knight ran over a lot of people and companies as he built Nike. Today he is worth over 31 billion dollars and growing. Nike stock is trading near an all time high. I am sure their $250 racing shoes must be helping. A shoe that many feel should be ban. I am sure they did not have it tested or looked at by the world’s governing body (IAAF) before they released it. They just put it on the market. That’s the Phil Knight way. That’s the Salazar way.
I am not a fan of either men. Nor am I a fan of Nike. They tired to destroy my magazine Runner’s World in the early 80’s because I would not rate their shoe number one. This is another story I have told before.
That’s in the past and I have moved on. But things that have been going on more recently can’t be overlooked.
Nike’s power is overwhelming. They think they can do whatever they want. They are still even supporting Salazar, a long-time friend of Phil Knight. Yet Salazar has been banned for four years for doping violations. Should have been a lifetime ban.
How can we continue to turn our back on this? We can’t. We can’t just continue to buy their shoes, making Phil Knight and family even richer.
In response to Mary Cain’s allegations of forced weight loss and public shaming by former coach Alberto Salazar at a now-disbanded Nike-supported running program, Nike has started an investigation into the matter.
When asked for comment regarding Cain’s allegations Friday, a Nike spokesman issued the following statement: “These are deeply troubling allegations which have not been raised by Mary or her parents before. Mary was seeking to rejoin the Oregon Project and Alberto’s team as recently as April of this year and had not raised these concerns as part of that process. We take the allegations extremely seriously and will launch an immediate investigation to hear from former Oregon Project athletes. At Nike, we seek to always put the athlete at the center of everything we do, and these allegations are completely inconsistent with our values.”
Cain’s also claimed that Nike needs to change because it “controls all the top coaches, athletes, races and even the governing body,” and there is a need for more women to be in charge.Nike response seems rather vague to me. What do you think we should do? Thanks Mary Cain for sharing your story. That was very brave.(11/08/2019) ⚡AMP
Nike has shut down its elite Oregon Project (OP) long-distance running operation less than two weeks after head coach Alberto Salazar was banned for four years, a company spokesperson told CNN.
Salazar was banned for "multiple anti-doping rule violations" following a four-year investigation by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).
Nike says it took the decision to wind down the OP as the situation has become an "unfair burden" on its athletes.
"Nike has always tried to put the athlete and their needs at the front of all of our decisions," a spokesperson told CNN.
"While the panel found there was no orchestrated doping, no finding that performance-enhancing drugs have ever been used on Oregon Project athletes and went out of its way to note Alberto's desire to follow all rules, ultimately Alberto can no longer coach while the appeal is pending.
"This situation including uninformed innuendo and unsubstantiated assertions has become an unfair burden for current OP athletes. That is exactly counter to the purpose of the team.
"We have therefore made the decision to wind down the Oregon Project to allow the athletes to focus on their training and competition needs. We will help all of our athletes in this transition as they choose the coaching set up that is right for them."
The Nike Oregon Project is a prolific training group that has produced some of the world's best athletes, including Mo Farah, who Salazar coached to four Olympic gold medals between 2011 and 2017.
Salazar, 61, and Jeffrey Brown, a consultant doctor for the NOP, were ruled to have trafficked testosterone, tampered with the doping control process and administered a banned intravenous infusion.
Nike told CNN it "will continue to support Alberto in his appeal," which has been taken to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland.
”Maybe this confirms that NIKE really did know what was going on and in fact might have been the moving force pushing Salazar to do some things he otherwise would not have done,” wonders Bob Anderson. “However NIKE is too big of a powerhouse for us to ever know the real story. Why would they close this program and leave many elite runners out in the cold?”(10/11/2019) ⚡AMP
Just don’t understand why Nike would close down this program unless there is a back story they want to “hide”? 10/11 11:35 am
Run The World Challenge 6 just ended Tuesday September 10. The ten week challenge attracted many runners and miles were logged in 14 countries.
The idea of the challenge, which was started by lifetime runner Bob Anderson, is to run or walk and then log all your miles on the My Best Runs website. Many participants also posted a photo and comments every day like James Kalani and several others in the Run The World Feed. A total of 11,660 miles were logged during the ten weeks by the team. That is 166 miles daily.
James Kalani finished first with 1329 miles run and logged over the periiod which started July 3, 2019. 35-year-old Eliud Esinyen from Kenya was second with 1181 miles. 74-year-old Frank Bozanich finished 4th with 773 miles and Rosaline Nyawira from Kenya was first woman with 744 miles.
James started running at birth. "My mother says. I have always run. But due to chronic bronchitis and asthma, as well as numerous allergies, I was limited to how long I could run as a juvenile," James says.
In high school, he would run a sub five minute mile every few days, but couldn't be on the track team because he could not practice daily.
"I started jogging as an adult. When I went back to college as an adult for 15 years, running was a stress relief and a necessity. I would ramp up running from 10 to 20 miles in just a couple of months and would be marathon ready in a few months," James continued.
He ran sub-3 hour marathons at one point.
He has always taken breaks from serious running.
"I do what time, attitude, and my mind and body dictate. I tend to be hard on my body while running. I think I have overcome a lot of those pitfalls however. I know I can't compete and be happy all the time."
"Running makes me happy and to compete takes some joy out of it. I guess that makes me a bit of a soul runner. I just love to run and it's cheaper than therapy."
He set a goal to average 20 miles per day for this challenge. He did not make 20 but was not far from it. So how did he average over 130 miles per week?
"Since I work early morning, I am home in the early afternoons. I regulated my diet (that is a huge part). I literally snack a lot. Making sure I am over 5000 calories per day. I started yoga and meditation as a run ritual before and after as well as foam rolling and icing.
"Then I rest for awhile and then I do a shot of Irish whiskey daily to get my blood sugar back up so I could continue to move after a run.
"I used this challenge to push myself to find my threshold in running, something that competitive running can't do for me.
"I now love variations of runs - hills, mountains, trails, and streets. Believe it or not, streets gives me a great chance to not become mesmerized during your run. It makes you keep your head on a swivel...
"Since I have never strayed from athletic activities or running, getting to my peak only takes months. It's all about how much you want something and learning how to listen to your body.
So how did your body hold up? "Mid-challenge, I started to have knee issues related to my IT Band... foam rolling, icing, rest, and changing running style got me through it. I am a firm believer in holistic medicine and this time I tried various things...
"CBD oil GREATLY helped with post-run swelling," he says.
You were running on an average of three hours everyday for 70 days. How did you handle your diet?
"I never stopped snacking. I eat one piece of fruit daily at work, a lot of grains, pasta (pasta 4-5 days per week), spinach... high carbs, relatively low proteins. Not a lot of meat and beans take the place of extra protein. I have found that eating colorful food (not much processed) makes a big difference too.
"Lots of nuts like sunflower, cashews, and almonds. Cheese is also my endurance choice."
So what do you think about this challenge?
"I love this challenge. This challege over the past year filled a hole or "need" in my life. The older I get, the more I like to test what I am capable of. Posting keeps my mind active on the goal. It's fun to turn on the run gps app, start running, snap a few pictures, and remember the run in detail.. doing that helps me recap runs and select the ones I loved to do again with small changes.
"I changed routes so many times living back in Los Gatos because I had been away from here for 23 years. I was like a kid in a candy store.. I was fueled by memories and locations of my youth. I ran 54 miles from San Francisco (Oyster Point) back to Los Gatos.. It is fun to look back on that... my first 50-miler...as well as my first 40 to Gilroy."
So what are your plans?
"I am getting back to races. I am taking on running for charity again, but with a twist. I have been trying to run with an altitude trainer mask so I can breathe through a mask. The better shape I get in I can also regulate my body temperature under a lycra body suit. Yes, a costume. I am using volunteer running to earn funds for childrens and veterans charities. I am also going to go back to training other runners."
On that note, what advice do you have for others?
"Run with a purpose.. run for fun, and run for the sheer joy of it. Regulate your diet.. take in lots of it.. but stay away from big meals. Stay hydrated. Work on breathing. Elevation variations are VERY important for strength and endurance. Mind the cross training (I run with a 20 pound vest a couple days a week). Calisthenics are your friend. Just keep moving, but know when to stretch, ice, and rest. Yoga and meditation helped me immensely.. make it a serious part of your daily routine (maintain flexibility). Never run on the same side of the road...it can lead to knee problems," says James.
James Kalani is one amazing runner.
"Our next ten week RTW challenge starts September 11 and we hope to better the miles we just covered," says Bob Anderson. There is no entry fee and there is no cost to have a My Best Runs account where the miles (k's) are logged.(09/10/2019) ⚡AMP
Run The World Global Challenge is a world wide celebration of running. RTWChallenge 8 started Jan 1, 2020 and will go the entire year with monthly winners. Here is he link for the official results of Run The World 52-Week Challenge. Congrats to all our participants. RTW Challenge #7 is a 16 week program starting September 11, 2019 and ending...more...
There is a new men’s champion at the San Francisco Marathon for the first time since 2016.
After Jorge Maravilla won the race in each of the last two years, Gregory Billington captured the 42nd edition of the event Sunday with a time of two hours, 25 minutes and 25 seconds. He averaged a blistering pace of five minutes and 33 seconds per mile, which put him ahead of Maravilla’s second-place time of two hours, 29 minutes and 28 seconds.
On the women’s side, Nina Zarina jumped out to an early lead and won without much drama with a time of two hours, 47 minutes and one second.
She completed the course well ahead of second-place finisher Eleanor Meyer (two hours, 52 minutes and 16 seconds) and the rest of the field. Zarina added another accomplishment to her 2019 resume after being named the female global champion at the Wings for Life World Run in Switzerland in May.
It appeared in the first portion of the race as if Maravilla would join her in the winner’s circle when he paced the field through the first 5.5 miles.
However, Billington pulled even by the halfway mark before turning on the jets and building a comfortable lead:
There would be no doubt from there, as the American maintained and added to his lead through the back half of the course and prevented Maravilla from three-peating in the Bay Area.
Billington, Zarina and the rest of the runners started at 5:30 a.m. PT at Mission Street and The Embarcadero on a 26.2-mile course, which is a Boston Marathon and Olympic time trials qualifying race.
The finish line was at Folsom Street and the Embarcadero but only after runners went past a number of San Francisco landmarks and neighborhoods. Runners went past the famous piers and Fisherman’s Wharf, through the Presidio, through Golden Gate Park, across the Golden Gate Bridge and past Oracle Park, where the San Francisco Giants play.
They dealt with a total elevation gain of about 1,175 feet in a city that is known for its hills, further testing their endurance and strength on a grueling course.
Ultra superstar Michael Wardian won the 52.4 mile Ultra (that’s two SF marathons). Pictured with MBR Director Bob Anderson who clocked 1:46:42 at age 71 for the second Half race good enough for first 65 plus.(07/28/2019) ⚡AMP
2020 race has been moved to November 15 from July 26. The San Francisco Marathon (Full Marathon, 1st Half Marathon, 2nd Half Marathon, 5K and Ultra marathon) will fill San Francisco’s streets. The course is both challenging and rewarding. You’ll enjoy waterfront miles along the Embarcadero, Fisherman’s Wharf, and Crissy Field; feel your heart pound as you race across the...more...
Dharam Singh says he was born October 6th, 1897 and has run more marathons than he can remember. But is he 121? He does not have a birth certificate but does have three forms of government issued ID.
According to Robert Young of the Gerontology Research Group, only about 1,000 people have been verified as living past 110. Of these people, only about 10 percent are male. The number of people over 120 is even a much smaller number.
However, Dharam Singh says himself he has no doubt that he was born in 1897. (Click on the link to view the video and see what you think.)
"When I was young, I used to run from my village to the neighboring village, which was about 600 to 700 meters away. I would run several laps. I did not know how to run then, the technique of it, but I did it on instinct," he says.
Today he gets up at 4 am and runs four kilometers daily.
To date, Gujjar has taken part in more than three dozen races in different parts of India.
Singh has lost count of the number of marathons that he has run. However, he recollects running marathons in these cuties of India. Allahabad, Nainital, Uttarakhand and Chandigarh, and claims to have run in 50 others. He says he ran his first marathon in 1970.
Running races over 90 is quite a feat by itself. But running races over the age of 110?. Well, that’s considered to be impossible.
Of course, that was until Dharam Singh made it into that age bracket.
It’s a bit hard to believe when so many people barely make it to 100 years old how he has managed to keep running?
Regardless of how old people believe Mr. Singh really is, it doesn’t discredit the root of his message. “Stay active, take care of your body, keep exploring, and if you’re given the chance to live out on the edges of your comfort zone, do it! These are simple concepts. Yet, they’ve gotten me pretty far,” he says.
But if you’re at all concerned about the veracity of his age, don’t worry; there are still plenty of wise, powerful elders running around inspiring us.
Often, the best life advice comes from those who have lived so long and whose lives have just begun. There’s always simplicity to their advice.
In 2017, National Geographic did a special episode in their Explorer series investigating his life and success as a runner in such an advanced age.
When asked about his continued fitness, he says it is all about having a controlled diet. He has led a strict healthy lifestyle since childhood and gives credit to his balanced diet of self-prepared chutneys along with mineral water and lemon juice for his longevity. "I eat a strict and balanced diet and have no illness. I stopped eating ghee and other fatty items almost 40 years ago, neither do I drink or smoke," he said. He has been a strict vegetarian since birth.
Singh claims of being 121 years old has generated much controversy. While Gudha refers to his passport, voter ID Card and PAN card [a tax identification in India]—all stating 1897 as his year of birth, and all three government of India-issued valid identity documents—asserting he is 121 years old, he does not have a birth certificate to prove this age.
“Some have said he is not even 80 years old. We may never know but it is inspiring to imagine that he could be over 110,” says lifetime runner and MBR Director Bob Anderson (71).(07/27/2019) ⚡AMP
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"We are excited to welcome oollee as our official water provider," says race director Bob Anderson. oollee will also be awarding the male and female 10K winner one of their water purifier system valued at $2199 each.
The Golden Gate 10K, UjENA 5K and DOUBLE 8K (5K+3K) courses offer unparalleled views of the Golden Gate Bridge for more than 80% of the course! The course will begin on historic Crissy Field near the Presidio in San Francisco. Runners will enjoy the gorgeous vistas of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
These races sponsored by Sports Basement are competitive and fun events. A special Golden Gate finishing medal will be awarded to all 10K and 5K finishers. The featured event is the Golden Gate Double 8K. Participants will race a 5K at 8am, take a break and then race 3K at 9:15am. Times are added together for scoring.
"Double Racing was started in 2010 and nearly 100 events have been staged already," says creator Bob Anderson.
"If you have not done a Double, you need to experience it," says Lisa Wall social media director for My Best Runs. "I have run several and I really like the unique aspect of the event."
The event is almost sold out and most likely will be within the next few days.(07/19/2019) ⚡AMP
Our race is still on as of June 18 but we have not heard from the city is they will honor their permit. We will make a final decision by July 1. Our course offers unparalleled views of the Golden Gate Bridge for more than 80% of the course! The course will begin at historic Crissy Field near the Presidio...more...
Firefighters found a body this morning in the L.A. River bed after they responded to a report of a possible jumper, said the L.A. Fire Department. The incident was reported shortly before 10 am.
The county coroner said the body was that of Frank Meza, 70, of South Pasadena. The cause of death has not been determined. ABC 7 says that Meza was the retired doctor and marathon runner who was recently disqualified by the L.A. Marathon.
The Los Angeles Times had reported earlier that “it wasn’t until Frank Meza checked the internet that he realized so many people were talking about him. Hundreds of strangers from across the country had posted on message boards, branding Meza a liar and a cheat.
“All kinds of allegations were being thrown at me,” he said. “It was pretty traumatic.”
To that point, the retired physician had forged a different sort of reputation. Soft-spoken and gray-haired, he had mentored Latino students while working to provide healthcare for low-income patients throughout Southern California.
Meza was also a devout runner who, late in life, began entering marathons. The problems began there.
Though he ran mainly around California, eschewing bigger races across the country, his unusually fast times for a 70-year-old caught the attention of the long-distance community.
Runners grew skeptical when he was twice disqualified for irregular splits, the times recorded at various points along the course. An impressive finish at the recent Los Angeles Marathon prompted officials to look closer as doubts erupted into online vitriol and a series of articles on a website called MarathonInvestigation.com.
Derek Murphy, an amateur sleuth who operates the site from Ohio, looked back at numerous races, compiling an array of data, photographs and video that he considered incriminating.
“At this point,” Murphy says, “I have no doubt.”
My Best Runs did not post his time because his splits did not add up. “For sure Frank did cheat and did not run a 2:53:10 marathon at age 70,” says MBR Director Bob Anderson. “We are sad how this story has played out before he could prove to the world he could run that fast.”(07/04/2019) ⚡AMP
The LA Marathon is an annual running event held each spring in Los Angeles, Calif. The 26.219 mile (42.195 km) footrace, inspired by the success of the 1984 Summer Olympic Games, has been contested every year since 1986. While there are no qualifying standards to participate in the Skechers Performnce LA Marathon, runners wishing to receive an official time must...more...
Run The World Global Challenge is a world-wide celebration of running. The program was started by Bob Anderson one year ago, July 4, 2018. Since that time 281 runners around the world ran or walked and then logged 122,123 miles. This equals 335.5 miles daily or 2,348 miles weekly for 52 weeks which equals 4.9 times around the world.
"One of the key reasons we started this program," says creator Bob Anderson, My Best Runs and Runner's World magazine founder, "was to motivate people, bring together runners from all over and to run miles all over the world."
That all happen. Runners from 20 countries participated, miles were run in 75 countries and it certainly motivated many runners to run more miles than they were running before.
53-year-old James Kalani had not run much over the last few years and then he entered the RTW Challenge. After getting in good shape over several months, he started pushing it for Challenge #5 which started March 31. Over the last 94 days he ran and logged 1536 miles. That's 114 miles weekly. It was not just covering miles, many were quality. On June 16 he ran 30.6 miles at an average pace of 6:41 per mile.
Before the RTW Challenge creator Bob Anderson was running on average 20 miles weekly. "I got so motivated by this challenge," says Bob. "I looked forward to running not just one time daily but often I would run two or three times. I took a photo everyday and posted it in our Runner's Feed. I also read every post and commented on each for the whole year. I have been running since 1962 and have run nearly 1,000 races. I am an addicted runner but I needed something new and this was it."
In the end Bob averaged 5 miles daily or 35 miles weekly for a total of 1830 miles for the year. With the added miles he also improved his racing performance. He ran 7:54 pace for 10k and placed third 70 plus at the London 10,000 in May. A race with nearly 20,000 runners.
The RTW Challenge team did some amazing things during the year. 69-year-old Brent Weigner lives in Cheyenne Wyoming but many of his 2036 miles were run outside of the United States. In fact Brent ran miles in 30 different countries.
The most miles were run and logged in the United States. The top five countries were: United States (64,899 miles), Kenya (24,066 miles), Palau (8,242 miles), India (7,423 miles) and South Africa (6,765). The amazing story here is that the little country of Palau has less that 22,000 inhabitants and placed third. Their team leader Aaron Salvador logged 1,584 miles himself and encouraged his team to run and log.
The team leader for South Africa, Liz Dumon, is the key reason why her country placed fourth. She herself ran and logged 1000 miles. Liz encouraged people to sign up. In fact our youngest members were twins she recruited along with mom and grandma. The 7-year-old twins Jonathan (logged 118 miles) and his sister Michelle (logged 100 miles) had loads of fun and posted regularly in the Runners Feed. Their dogs joined in on the fun too. (Third photo of twins with Grandma)
Their 56-year-old grandma (Johanna Fourie) logged 672 miles and placed 10th for females. Right behind her was mom (Erika Fourie) with 625 miles.
Who said age is just a number? The top three overall females were 65 plus. Placing first was 68-year-old Kat Powell (USA). She logged 1271 miles. Not far back was 69-year-old Linda Robinson (USA) with 1145 miles followed by 65-year-old Carmella DiPippa (PW) with 1040 miles. Sixth female was 71-year-old Karen Galati (USA) who logged 835 miles.
On the men's side there were so many stars. 35-year-old Kenyan Eliud Esinyen averaged 15.7 miles daily or 110 miles weekly (second photo). Many times he ran three times daily. On April 21 he ran a marathon on a tough course at high altitude clocking 2:22:46 which is 5:27/mile pace. On January 27 he ran a 10k clocking 31:05. Eliud ran and logged the most with 5,738 miles.
Kenya's team leader Willie Korir (27) placed second overall with 5195 miles. He also posted images regularly in the Runners Feed along with comments. He also wrote several stories for My Best Runs Running News Daily column including finding inside information about the king of the marathon, Eluid Kipchoge.
The first American and third overall was 45-year-old Michael Wardian with 3618 miles (frist photo). This ultra star pulled off many amazing feats during the year. Most recently on June 29 he ran 89.9 miles around Washington DC. On May 4th he ran 62.14 miles at 7:14/mile average pace in Sacramento. He ran the Big Sur Marathon in 2:35:18 making the podium. He had run the Boston Marathon earlier a little faster clocking 2:33:23.
In March he travelled to Israel and posted the fastest known time on the 631-mile Natoinal Israel Trail. He covered this distance in 10 days, 16 hours and 36 minutes. Earlier he not only ran seven marathons on seven continents in seven days (winning them all) he tacked on three more marathons when he got home. That's ten marathons in ten days. He is the complete runner with a wide range. On Feb 10th he ran a 5k in 17:01.
"Michael is one amazing versatile runner and we were happy when he decided to join our team," says Bob Anderson.
Second American and fifth overall was 75-year-old Frank Bozanich who logged 3523 miles. Frank has run many ultra races over the years and have won many. Lots of these miles were not real fast compared to what he has done before. But on July 30th last year he ran 20 miles in Reno in two hours and 43 minutes. That is an 8:09/mile pace.
Finishing in seventh place was 72-year-old Paul Shimon who logged 2835. Like so many of our team, Paul had to deal with a lot of bad weather in Kansas during the winter. But he layered up and got in the miles.
Michael T Anderson (61) placed eighth overall logging 2,798 with lots of fast times along the way. He has run over 130,000 miles in his lifetime so far. On June 8th he ran 19:13 for 5k in Atlanta where he lives. On April 28 he clocked 39:25 for 10k.
"The fastest runner on our team was Joel Maina Mwangi," says Bob Anderson. This 34-year-old Kenyan placed 13th overall with 1,953 miles logged. On March 10 he ran a 30:14 10k in Torino Italy. He ran six half marathons under 1:05. His fastest was run in Aosta, Italy where he clocked 1:02:50 on September 30.
"There are as many amazing stories," says Bob Anderson. "I am glad our event is helping motivate runners all over the world. I am looking forward for year two."
What's next? Run The World Global Challenge #6 will be a 10-week program. There is no entry fee. You just need to have a free My Best Runs (the sponsor of this program) account and sign up for Run The World.(07/03/2019) ⚡AMP
Run The World Global Challenge is a world wide celebration of running. RTWChallenge 8 started Jan 1, 2020 and will go the entire year with monthly winners. Here is he link for the official results of Run The World 52-Week Challenge. Congrats to all our participants. RTW Challenge #7 is a 16 week program starting September 11, 2019 and ending...more...
Global Running Day is a worldwide celebration of running that encourages everyone to get moving. It doesn’t matter how fast you run or how far you go—what’s important is that you take part, and how you do it is up to you.
Run a lap around your block, take your dog for a long walk, or call your friends for a pick-up game in the park. The important thing is that you have fun being active—and you inspire others to join you.
Global Running Day is a day that celebrates the sport of running. It is held annually on the first Wednesday of June.
Participants of all ages and abilities pledge to take part in some type of running activity by submitting their names through the Global Running Day website.
Global Running Day was formerly known as National Running Day and began in the United States. The first event was in 2009.
The inaugural Global Running Day was held on June 1, 2016. More than 2.5 million people from 177 countries pledged to run more than 9.2 million miles.
New York City Mayor, Bill de Blasio, declared June 1, 2016 to be Global Running Day in the City of New York. 2014 Boston Marathon winner Meb Keflezighi led a group run from the Boston Run Base, and the Atlanta Track Club organized a “run around the clock” event, where at least one person from the Atlanta metro area would be running every hour of Global Running Day.
More than 100 organizations support Global Running Day and the Million Kid Run.
As part of Global Running Day, the Million Kid Run aims to get young people excited about fitness. By moving and having fun, kids discover that living an active lifestyle can be fun and easy.
The 2018 Global Running Day inspired Bob Anderson to start the Run The World Challenge. It launched July 4, 2018. Since then 289 people all over the world have run and logged over 110,000 miles. This program encourages people to run and or walk everyday.
”If you are a runner already,” says My Best Runs founder Bob Anderson, “be sure to run at least a mile today. For everyone else, there is no better time than today to get started.” 71-year-old Bob Anderson is a lifetime runner who ran his first mile Feb 16, 1962. He is on track to hit 1820 miles over the last 12 months ending July 3.
“I just love to run and programs like Global Running Day and Run The World challenge motivate me to do more,” says Bob Anderson. “So get in your mile today. Run, walk, jog it all counts.”(06/05/2019) ⚡AMP
What is Global Running Day? Global Running Day is a worldwide celebration of running that encourages everyone to get moving. It doesn’t matter how fast you run or how far you go—what’s important is that you take part, and how you do it is up to you. Run a lap around your block, take your dog for a long walk,...more...
As Global Running Day is approaching June 5 Bob Anderson, publisher and founder of My Best Runs has announced a new unique series of videos. "The series called Running Is What We Do will be unique videos showing the world how important running is to us," says Bob Anderson.
The first in the series of short videos (2 to 8 minutes) was filmed in England at the Vitality London 10000. Mo Farah won for the seventh time and Steph Twell won the woman's race.
"Of course it is always important to know who wins big races like this," says Bob. "But there is so much more to know about this race. Over 19,000 participants ran through central London Monday May 27. The staging area was in Green Park, next to Buckingham Palace and we were right there."
Behind the scenes footage shows runners in the Park as they are getting ready to take off on their 10k journey through the city and after they finished.
The Vitality London 10000 was selected by My Best Runs as one of the Best 100 races in the World the last three years. "In fact I think this might be the world's best 10K road race," says Bob after running it.
"It has been on my bucket list for a couple of years and in March I decided to enter and travel from California to see if I could make the top three in the 70 plus division, since my training had been going well.
"I had not run a race in England since 1966 and with over 415,000 people wanting to run the London Marathon (same group who puts on this race) I felt the race would be the perfect event to cover for our first video in our new series."
Part of racing is to make it to the podium in your age group, a goal that might have more meaning than the finishing medal. This was one of Bob's goals. He wanted to finish in the top three 70 plus. And he wanted to produce the first Running Is What We Do video. Making it to the top three was more of a personal goal but it also added another story to cover.
Bob did reach his goal clocking 49:22 or 7:55/mile. He had hoped to run a little faster but he started at the back of wave two being stuck in a toilet line. By the time he got out he had three minutes to make it to the start.
"I have been running races since 1962 and I even through there were tons of toilets, I made a quick wrong decision that cost me 25 minutes," says Bob. "But at age 71 it seems like I need to go three or four times before racing. It would have cost me more time if I had not made that stop. I think as runners we all know what I am talking about."
He was stuck behind the pack and ran his first mile in 8:03. And ran just under 25 minutes for 5k. His last mile was 7:33. So maybe he lost at least a minute.
Before and after the race he shot all the footage on his iPone 10 for this video. He was able to cover the scene close-up and personal. His wife Catherine captured the race in over 1600 photos and several photos were used in the video.
"At the finish line I met Barrie Nicholls," says Bob. "We talked about running and he told me he is an actor and I jumped on the opportunity for him to say a few words for our first video.
"I loved this race and I hope to return," says Bob. "However for a race this size (over 19,000 runners) there is one thing they should change. They need more age-groups. Making it to the podium is a big deal and for me right now at 71, 70 plus age-group is okay. But for those 76, 88 or even 95 this age-group is too big.
"We are all aging and we need all the encouragement we can get. I am not even sure if they give out age-group awards or not (I have to check) but it is nice to make that top three."
The Running Is What We Do videos by My Best Runs will be showing all sides of the sport of running around the world. "This series is not just about world-class races and elite runners but about all aspects of the sport we love, running."
If you have video footage you would like to share contact My Best Runs.(05/29/2019) ⚡AMP
Sir Mo Farah and Steph Twell retained their British 10K road race titles at the Vitality London 10,000 this morning as thousands turned out to run through the sun-bathed streets of the British capital.
For Farah it was his seventh win in seven races on the famous central London course, while Twell took two seconds from her personal best to win the women’s crown for a second time just 24 hours after setting a world mile record for running hand-in-hand.
In the end Farah’s win was easy enough but the four-times Olympic champion was pushed hard by Rio Olympian Andy Butchart and former British Mile champion Nick Goolab before prevailing in 28:15.
“I really enjoyed it today,” said Farah, who was racing for the first time since finishing fifth in the Virgin Money London Marathon last month. “I love coming to London and particularly running on this course. It’s fantastic to win for a seventh time.
“The London Marathon is behind me now. I was a bit disappointed not to run quicker there but I have recovered well and was confident today.”
Goolab led the trio through halfway in 14:08 before he dropped back, but Butchart hung on until the last two kilometres, when Farah finally kicked away and put more than 100m between the pair.
“I knew Andy and Nick are both running well and I would have to keep my eyes on them,” said Farah. “We got rid of Nick, but Andy kept pushing and pushing and pushing.
“I thought, ‘When am I going to get rid of you?’ He did very well, but I was confident I could do it in the end. This is my race.”
Butchart may have failed to add to his victories here in 2016 and 2017, but the Scot was pleased enough to finish runner-up just 13 seconds behind, matching his personal best from 2016.
“I knew I would have to do the hard work,” said Butchart, who led for most of the first 5K. “But Mo was just chilling really. It’s really hard to lead a 10K and get away from someone like him.
“I wanted a good run and got that. It was only in the last 2K that he pulled away and I’m pleased to equal by PB. It shows I’m ready to run fast in the track.”
As for Twell, she set off at a pelt in the women’s race, running with a small group of male club runners as she established an unassailable lead that grew with every step.
On Sunday she and husband Joe Morwood had smashed the Guinness World Record for the fastest road mile holding hands, but that effort did little to dent her 10K title defence.
Twell passed halfway in 15:33 and eventually won by nearly 40 seconds from Stockport’s Jess Piasecki with Verity Ockenden of Swansea taking third.
“This is a great course and a great event,” said the two-time Olympian who stopped the clock at 31:55. “A personal best and a world record in one weekend can’t be bad.
“My legs were fine after yesterday, but I think I felt it in my arms a bit. The bigger races always bring out the best in me, and this is one of the biggest and the best.
“Today was London in its full glory and the crowds were fantastic. I’m just delighted.”
The unheralded Piasecki was also pleased as she clinched the runner-up spot in her best time of 32:33, while Ockenden also took some well-known scalps from a race loaded with internationals as she pinched the last podium place in 32:39, a PB for her by nearly two minutes.
“I saw Steph go off and I knew that was too fast for me,” said Piasecki. “But I ran quite within myself until the last kilometre. That was tough but it was worth it to finish second.”
As an aside, My Best Runs publisher and founder Bob Anderson placed third in the 70 plus division clocking 49:22. “What a great event,” says Bob. “This is for sure a Bucket List race. It may only be 10k but it is worth traveling too. Congrats to Mo and Steph, the winners today.” (Third photo) Bob with Barrie Nicholls (65-year-old runner/actor from London) at the finish line.(05/27/2019) ⚡AMP
The 2020 Vitality London 10,000 has been postponed and we are working to find an alternative date for the event in the autumn. No new date as of May 19. The Vitality London 10,000 takes you past many landmark sites, including the London Eye, Buckingham Palace and the Bank of England – so you even get to do a bit...more...
While pickles are incredibly polarizing, those who like them really love them. And whether your favorite is a deli-counter dill or a few slices on a sandwich, it's hard to deny that pickles are surging in popularity right now. And for good reason—they're a healthy snack.
Lots of runners are eating pickles and drinking the juice regularly too. Both Michael Anderson and Bob Anderson from My Best Runs have included pickles in their regular daily diet. "Pickle juice gives me extra oomph," says Michael Anderson who has been running for over 40 years. "The juice is perfect to add to a water bottle for runs over one hour. Also it really helps me with recovery helping with cramping and hydration." Michael is currently running about 40 miles per week.
"Michael turned me on to the benefits of drinking pickle juice and eating pickles. I have always loved pickles but now I include both in my daily diet,” says My Best Runs director and lifetime runner Bob Andeson.
"For sure it helps with recovery but also it is helping me get closer to my ideal racing weight. It might be partially mental but it seems to work. I just feel heathlier including pickles/juice in my daily diet." 71 year-old Bob Anderson is currently training on average 35 miles weekly and racing at sub 8 minute/mile pace.
So what about this juice? Here's everything you need to know about the brine and all the reasons why you should be drinking it.
1. It can relieve muscle cramping.
Pickle juice has been proven to ease muscle aches and pains. Drinking the stuff after workouts became so popular at one time that Gatorade nearly launched its own version of the briny stuff.
2. Taking pickle-back shots is crazy fun.
If you've never had one of these, you aren't living. Outside of dancing on a table, it's quite possibly the silliest thing you'll ever do at a bar but it's one of those kitschy, "Southern" gimmicks that you have to try at least once. Who knows, maybe you'll learn to love them and get all your friends on board, too.
3. It keeps you hydrated for longer.
Sipping plain water is great, but a drink that contains both sodium and potassium is ideal because it will help you get hydrated faster and remain that way. They're both electrolytes that you lose when you sweat and pickle juice contains them both.
4. It's very budget-friendly.
Pickle juice can replace expensive, sugary sports drinks. And sometimes it's even free if you keep a jar of pickles in the fridge. You can even make your own by pickling cucumbers in vinegar, garlic, and salt.
5. It's more readily available than ever.
If your main argument against drinking pickle juice is that you'd have to do so out of the jar, then you have no more excuses. The briny stuff is now available in canned form for your convenience.
6. It's vitamin- and antioxidant-rich.
Pickle juice contains a decent amount of antioxidants and vitamins C and E, which help boost your immune system function, among other health-boosting roles in your body.
7. It can help you lose weight.
According to a study from Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry, consuming vinegar—the main ingredient in pickle juice—every day can promote healthy weight loss.
8. It keeps your blood sugar regulated.
So instead of dumping that leftover liquid from your pickle jar down the drain, consider saving it for future use.
You might even find yourself enjoying the salty flavor. Things can taste differently after you exercise than they do normally. So even if pickle juice doesn’t sound amazing right now, maybe it will hit the spot after your next workout.
Even if you don’t ever love the taste, you may end up deciding that drinking pickle juice is worth it for the health benefits.(05/17/2019) ⚡AMP
Over 100,000 people have already watched A Long Run the movie with good reviews. Now you can watch the full length movie...compliments of MyBestRuns.com with speical arrangments with it's production company Around Town Productions.
Actor Sean Astin who narrated the film wrote, "I loved A Long Run. Thank you so much for letting me be a part of your wonderful journey Bob." Boston Marathon director Dave McGillivray wrote," In watching A Long Run, you readily see the impact and influence Bob has had on our sport over the years. This story is inspiring, motivational, educational and simply makes you want to go out the door and do a run..and a real 'long run' at that."
Joe Henderson writer and former Runner's World editor wrote, "I’ve always known Bob Anderson as a man of Big Ideas, one with a knack for making these dreams come true. He conceived a little magazine called Distance Running News, which grew into the biggest one, Runner’s World.
"He created a book division that published some of the sport’s best-selling titles...This all happened before Bob turned 30, but his idea-generating didn’t stop then. At more than twice that age, he dreamed up Double Racing and then to celebrate his 50th anniversary as a runner, Bob plotted a tough year-long course: 50 races, averaging better than seven minutes per mile overall, concluding the week he would turn 65."
A Long Run tells one man's story, but it's every runner's journey. Bob Anderson's amazing life connects us to icons like Bill Rodgers, Billy Mills and Paula Radcliffe but also to the low-budget thrill of a community 5k. The gorgeous cinematography captures The Avenue of the Giants, the beauty of Central Park in New York City, the San Francisco landscapes, resort cities like Cancun and Cabo, the lush island of Kauai and the vistas of Fort Bragg.
And the smoothly intertwined stories - his 50-race challenge, the magazine, the running boom - are handled with Olympic-caliber pacing. By the end, you're left with a runner's high, without all the sweat.
This is an inspirational life long journey that takes you across the United States, into Mexico and introduces you to some amazing runners.
A Long Run features Bob Anderson who started Runner's World magazine when he was 17 with $100. He grew the magazine to nearly a half million circulation with monthly readership of nearly 2.5 million before selling it to Rodale Press in 1984. How did he do it and why did he sell the magazine he loved?
50 years after he started running, he started his 50 race challenge... one year - 50 races - 350 miles.
His goal - Average under a 7 min/mile average pace at 64-years-old. That's fast for any age!
In the running formula known as age-grading, Anderson’s mile pace is the equivalent of a 30-year-old running an average pace of 5:24 for 50 races covering 350 miles.
“I wanted to do something special, something that would be very positive for running,” Anderson said. “But I also wanted to do something that would not be easy.”
Did he reach his goal? How did he cope with injuries? Weather? Hills? How did he recover each week?
Bob Anderson first run took place Feb. 16, 1962. His first race was May 7 that year, when he covered 600 yards at Broadmoor Junior High in 1 minute, 39 seconds. By 1963 at age 15 he placed first at the Junior Olympics in Missouri clocking 2:08.5 for 880 yards.
By 17, Anderson wanted to tackle a marathon. He wanted to run the Boston Marathon. But neither he nor his high school coach (coach McGuire) knew how to prepare. So Anderson did the 1965 equivalent of a Google search: He sent letters around the country asking for advice.
Coaches and top athletes replied not just with training tips, but also with addresses of other people Anderson should try. Soon he had a network of running experts at his disposal.
Recognizing the value of this collected wisdom, he turned to teammate David Zimmerman while on a bus trip to a cross-country meet for their Shawnee Mission West team. “I’m going to start a magazine,” Anderson declared.
With $100 from baby-sitting and lawn-mowing jobs, the 17-year-old launched Distance Running News. The magazine debuted in January 1966 with a 28-page issue that Anderson collated, stapled and folded himself.
The publication created a stir among a previously unknown army of foot soldiers. Thirsty runners plunked down the $1 subscription price (for two issues) — and often enclosed an additional $5 just to make sure the magazine stayed afloat.
“Until then, I wasn’t even aware that there was a running community,” said SF Bay Area runner Rich Stiller, who had been running with Anderson since the early 1970s. “I always think that Runner’s World was part of the jet-propulsion that really made the running boom take off and made people realize, ‘Oh, gee, I’m not doing this alone.’ ”
The magazine grew so quickly that Anderson dropped out of Kansas State University. He recruited a SF Bay Area writer and runner named Joe Henderson to be his editor, and moved the magazine headquarters to Northern California.
Anderson’s 50-for-50 goal was in jeopardy after he stumbled out of the gate or, more specifically, down a trail in Mountain View.
While on a training run in December, Anderson awoke to find his head streaming with blood and two people standing above him looking alarmed.
“There were no marks at all on my hands, which means I must not have even realized I was going down,” he said.
The fall required over 60 stitches and plastic surgery. But determined not to cancel the first race in his 50-race quest, Anderson limped to the starting line in San Francisco on New Year’s Day with a ruddy forehead and an eggplant of a bruise on his left knee. He finished that first race and then 49 more that year.
When Bob was publishing Runner's World he got so consumed managing a staff of 350 and was not able to train enough to run the Boston Marathon. However he did run ten marathons between 1968 to 1984 but none with enough training. He would not run Boston until 2013 when at age 65 he clocked 3:32:17.
A Long Run the movie covers a lot of ground. The year long event finished over six years ago but the story is fresh and a movie all runners and even non-runners will enjoy. You will want to watch it over and over again.
Some of the runners besides Bob Anderson featured in the film include: Bill Rodgers, Paula Radcliffe, Joe Henderson, George Hirsch, Rich Benyo, Amol Sexena, JoAnn Dahlkoetter, Rich Stiller, Hans Schmid, JT Service, Pina Family, Wall Family, Billy Mills, Gerry Lindgren, Dave Zimmerman, Dean Karnazes, Monica Jo Nicholson, Coach Lloyd McGuire, Katie McGuire, Mary Etta Blanchard, John Young, Roger Wright and more...
It was produced by Around Town Productions and directed by Michael Anderson (third photo at one of the showings in a theater in Monterey).
To watch the movie click on the link or go to: www.alongrun.com(05/13/2019) ⚡AMP
The most decorated runner in NCAA history and one of the hottest superstars in athletics, Edward Cheserek will make his Carlsbad 5000 debut at the 34th running of ‘World’s Fastest 5K’ on Sunday, April 7, 2019.
“I’m excited to be part of Carlsbad 5000,” said Cheserek, who ran the second-fastest indoor mile in history last year, finishing in 3:49.44. “It’s an iconic event that I’ve always wanted to race.”
At the age of 25, Cheserek has established himself as an international star in the running world that only shines brighter as his career progresses. In high school he attended Saint Benedict’s Preparatory School in New Jersey, where he twice won the Foot Locker National High School Cross Country Championships.
He was a 17-time collegiate national champion at the University of Oregon when he graduated in 2017.
“Carlsbad 5000 is one of the most historic races on the road running circuit. To attract a talent such as Edward Cheserek is testament to the event and its reputation,” said Matthew Turnbull, longtime elite athlete recruiter for the event.
“Ed is one of the most exciting athletes in the world and to have him racing in Carlsbad next week is a great statement, he has the personality and ability to go all the way. This race has nurtured many World and Olympic Champions, Ed certainly fits that mold and we’re excited to see him here and to watch him perform on the global level chasing medals for years to come.”
Since 1986, thousands of runners and walkers have converged on the seaside village of Carlsbad in early Spring to enjoy the scenic course or to set world records at the Carlsbad 5000. The annual road race attracts amateur, competitive, and professional runners from around the world.
The men’s event record and world 5K best is Kipketer’s 13:00, which he ran in 2000 & 2001. The modern, IAAF recognized 5k World Record was set in Monaco this February by Switzerland’s Julien Wanders with a time of 13:29.
My Best Runs director and Runner's World founder and publisher for 18 years, Bob Anderson will be running the Carlsbad 5000 for the 26th time. Over the years his best time was 17:09 while in the 50-54 age group. He hopes to be in the top three or even win the 70-74 age group this year.(03/28/2019) ⚡AMP
The 2020 events were moved from March 22 to September 20 because of the Coronavirus. The Carlsbad 5000 features a fast and fun seaside course where 16 world records have been set. Both rookie runners and serious speedsters alike enjoy running or walking in one of seven people's races. The 35th running of the iconic Carlsbad 5000 presented by National...more...
The Run The World Global Challenge (RTW) is a world-wide celebration of running. Lifetime runner, Runner's World magazine and My Best Runs founder, Bob Anderson (71) created the event to help further spread the word about the benefits of running. The first RTW Challenge started July 4.
On March 1 the RTW4 Challenge will start with some changes to make the event even more fun and challenging.
"Since I started running in 1962 I have been telling people about the sport I love," says Bob Anderson "I am proud to say I have reached a lot of people but the task is never done. Run The World is my current project and the feedback from around the world has been very positive."
Lize Dumon from South Africa posted this on the Run The World Feed January 5. "Possibly my last run for RTW3. Might do a small one to bring me close enough to 200 miles. Been a priviledge to be a part of all three Run The World Challenges. I have made loads of friends and learned a lot." Lize is putting together two South African 14 people teams for RTW4.
Already 260 Run The World runners have run and logged 85,876 miles (as of Feb 5, 2019) since July 4th in 56 different countries. In the little country of Palau alone, teams there have already run and logged 5,648 miles (photo 2 of some of the Palau RTW1 team headed up by Aaron Salvador). Aaron is putting together two teams of 14 for RTW4.
"Run The World Challenge is a great motivator," says Bob. "I was running 20 miles a week before Run The World. I now have been averaging 32 miles weekly and I am much better shape because of it. There are many such stories among the 260 runners who have already participated."
The first team that started July 4 finished in 36 days 23 hours and 13 minutes (the current world record). Two other teams starting August 29 and October 29 also completed the goal of circling the world.
How does it work? Participants run or walk and then log in those miles (k’s) on their free My Best Runs (MBR) account. The goal is for the team (now group of teams) to log enough miles (k's) to circle the world within 30 days.
The process of running/walking and then logging in miles (k's), making a comment (optional) and posting a photo (optional) is the basic program. A team member logs into their My Best Runs account to log in the miles they run or walk.
One major change is RTW4 will end 30 days after starting. "It is hoped one of our three groups of teams will reach our goal within this time frame but if not the group of teams that have logged the most miles win. All teams within the three groups will also be competing against each other," says Bob.
All runners will be part of a 14 person team. The teams have many interesting themes like: Team one will be for runners 70 plus. Team 9 is for those men and women who have or are in the Military. Team 10 and 11 are for Elite Runners. Team 21 is for India's citizens. Team 23 are for runners living in Canada. Team 34 are for those runners who have completed at least one 100 mile race. Team 37 are for runners who have lost 50 or more pounds and are currently running. Team 42 are for runners who have run at least 50 races in one year. (Click the link for the full list of the 42 team.)
Runers will pick the team of their choice as long as it is not full. There are 14 different teams (with a maximum of 14 runners per team) making up a group.
One unique aspect of RTW4 is that one person can be on one team, two or three teams. BUT the teams have to be in different groups.
When you run, let say five miles, these same miles only need to be entered once and they will be credited for all your teams.
Registration is now open. "It was hard to pick just one team per group," says Michael Anderson who has done all RTW Challenges. "I could have signed up for several different teams but I decided on Team 30 having fnished at least one Boston Marathon, Team 25 West USA because I live in Bend, Oregon and Team 4 age 40-49. Can't wait to do this again. It has really motivated me to run a lot more. Bring it on."(02/06/2019) ⚡AMP
Run The World Global Challenge is a world wide celebration of running. RTWChallenge 8 started Jan 1, 2020 and will go the entire year with monthly winners. Here is he link for the official results of Run The World 52-Week Challenge. Congrats to all our participants. RTW Challenge #7 is a 16 week program starting September 11, 2019 and ending...more...
Bob Anderson is the featured profile today on Lifetime Running.
As the founding publisher-owner of Runner's World magazine ("Making Tracks Since 1966"), Bob Anderson played a pivotal role in the American running boom. Less well known: He has been, and at age 71 remains, a passionate runner and racer. In recent years, Anderson has thrown his creative energy behind a Double Racing concept ("Running with a halftime break") and a free Running News Daily column which Bob edits.
Here are some excerpts from my interview:
When did you start running and WHY?
I started running on Feb 16, 1962. My older brother went out for cross country because my dad ran some in the Navy and I wanted to give it a try. Could not run without stopping after a mile that first day.
Your best races and running achievements?
One of the features on our Ujena Fit Club website is that it age grade all races. Five of my top races that I am most proud of would include when I ran a 1:25:24 half marathon at age 64. A 59:17 10 miler at age 53. A 17:09 5k at Carlsbad at age 49. A 3:32:17 marathon at Boston age 65. And a 2:08.5 880 at age 15.
But my greatest running achievement has to be when I ran 50 races in 2012 at age 64. My 50-race challenge was not just about finishing a race each weekend but it was also about achieving an average performance which would be at least 80% age graded. I raced 350.8 miles and averaged 6:59 per mile.
3 key tips for successful lifetime running?
1--Run or walk each day outside covering at least one mile.2--Don’t worry about speed unless you want too. Make this your choice.3--Run at least a few races each year.
Steve Prefontaine: “To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.”
What are the biggest lessons (life lessons and running lessons) you have learned from running?
Running is magical and makes everything possible. My day is not complete without a run. Running is just part of my DNA. If I had not found running, I can not imagine what kind of life I would have had.
Age is only a number and even through the number is getting larger, I just don’t let a number tell me what I can or cannot do. We only live once, so why not enjoy it to the fullest?
Running helps add meaning to every day.
After posting this on FB Gary Rush wrote:
If not for Bob Anderson and his magazine, and the stories and photos and dreams it inspired in my life- I likely would have not been a runner since age 14 or a marathoner since age 15...
First Photo: with Linda Sereno at the San Juan Christmas 2018 Double Road Race (Dec 16, 2018). Linda was awarded the Best Double Racer for 2018 the night before along with Dwayne Spencer. Second Photo: finishing the 10k leg of a Double Road Race in Bali Indonesia with Ken Whyte from Ausutralia.
The next Double Racing event will be the Palo Alto Double 8K (5K+break=3k) on March 10, 2019.(01/10/2019) ⚡AMP
The Palo Alto 10K, 5K and Double 8K (5k+break+3k) will be held in the Palo Alto Bayland Open Space on the west shore of San Francisco Bay. The Double 8K Run/Walk is a two-stage run (5K+Halftime+3K). The races will be run on a flat, fast course. The 5K and 10k courses are mostly on paved and hard-pack trials. The 3K...more...
The third Run The World Challenge sponsored by My Best Runs (MBR) has finished. The team of 105 active runners, who ran and logged miles in 23 different countries, finished last night (January 5) in 68 days 17 hours and 18 minutes.
The event created by MBR Founder Bob Anderson is all about running and then logging in those miles, posting photos and comments in our runner’s feed to help motivate the team and inspire others. The team has to run/walk and then log in 24,901 miles (40,074k) to complete the challenge.
“This is the distance around the world,” says 71-year-old Bob Anderson who himself ran and logged 297 miles.
“Our team from around the world and ranging in ages from six to 74 did an amazing job,” says Bob. The team logged an average of 362 miles per day and the team had to stay focused for over two months. “With our busy lives that is not easy,” says Lisa Wall a team member.
34-year-old Eliud Lokol Esinyen from Kenya and running most of his miles in Eldoret logged the most miles with 1,298.59. He averaged 18.9 miles daily, many days he worked out three times. Finishing in second was 27-year-old Boaz Kipyego also from Kenya. However he spent about five weeks in Minnesota USA running and racing. He ran and logged in 1,129.41 miles.
First American was 74-year-old Frank Bozanich from Reno Nevada. The previous five time national champion at 50 miles and 100k ran and logged in 1,036.19, good enough for third place. “This is his third time around the world with us,” says Bob. “Many people say that age is only a number and certainly age is not stopping Frank. He told me he is running a lot slower these days because he has put a lot of miles on his body, however. Well done Frank, on an age-graded basis this has to be the best performance,” says Bob.
There were five male runners 70 plus in the top 31 places. In fact 72-year-old Paul Shimon placed sixth overall running most of his 893.06 miles in Winfield Kansas. Like many of the team he had to deal with a lot of issues including the cold, snow and darkness.
Super star Michael Wardian (photo top left) placed 8th overall and ran some of the best times including clocking 2:34:54 at the New York City Marathon. He also ran a tough 50-miler in Israel. He posted 651 miles for his third trip around the world with us. In a few weeks he is going after his world record he set in 2017 at the World Marathon Challenge. That’s running seven marathons in seven days on seven continents.
On the women side, ultra super star 48-year-old Gloria Nasr ran and logged 422.54 miles to place first female. Gloria lives in Paris, France. Some of her miles were also ran in Peru when she travelled there to run an Ultra (photo upper right). She has also run the six stage race through the desert of Morocco in the past.
In second place was Kenya’s Rosaline Nyawira who currently is living, training and racing in South Africa. She ran and logged 394.01 miles.
Third and first America woman was 71-year-old Karen Galati who logged in 223.88 miles. She ran most of her miles in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. As she wrote on her profile “Better late than never to this addicting sport.”
Miles run and logged in the top five countries were USA, Kenya, Palau, South Africa and India. The small country of Palau was in second place the first few weeks. The Run The World Challenge group there lead by Aaron Salvador have so much spirit. Most weekends they get together and run ten to fifteen miles. “You can always count on us to post photos and comments too,” says Aaron.
Our group from South Africa lead by Lize Dumon has just as much spirit. During the challenge Lize completed her first marathon and just got over 200 for the team. The Fourie family in South Africa has to get the top spirit award. The two kids (Michelle age 6 and Jonathan age 7), the mom (Erika) and grandma (Johanna) posted nearly every day and collectively logged in 455 miles. Even the dad joined in many days.
“This was not our best RTW performance but this one has to be our toughest with many challenges,” says Bob. “Many of our team had to deal with early cold and snow in the United States and Canada. Our runners in Palau had to deal with heavy rain and wind. In South Africa it was over 100 degrees many days. In California our runners had to deal with unhealthy air quality for two weeks because of the smoke from the wild fires. A majority of our team had to deal with shorter days and run in the dark. And on top of everything there were three major holidays during Challenge3.
”I am very proud of our whole team. It is hard to stay focused on something like this for over two months but we did it. We made it around the world. For many of us for the third time. There are so many more stories I want to share’” says Bob. “Well done team. Let’s do it again.”
Details for the next Run The World Challenge will be announced soon.(01/06/2019) ⚡AMP
We have been up here in Bend Oregon visiting my son and his family since Friday. My son Michael Anderson is our MBR results editor and post results as soon as they become available. Sometimes it is as soon as the first runners are crossing the finish line.
Michael (top photo) have carved out many running courses around his house. We have already run 22.2 miles since Friday and will at least get in six miles today.
Last Christmas Michael lived in Eugene and we ran the Pre Trail Christmas morning.
We have been running on Christmas Day forever. When Michael lived in the Bay Area I would run with my daughter Lisa and her family and then run with Michael in the afternoon.
Lisa (second photo) and family lives in San Jose, California. She is our social media and newsletter editor. We celebrated Xmas with them before heading up to Oregon.
Both of my kids have run marathons, my wife has run a half marathon and many other races but after operations on both feet can’t run now (Catherine works out at the gym these days) and all my four grandkids run even including my two year old, Bear. Owen age 12 have already run a 5:52 mile. My son-in-law Justin has run a 1:27 half marathon.
We are a running family and have been forever. There is no better day than Christmas Day to get outside and get in a few miles. (Updated: Mike and I got in 7.1 miles through two inches of snow today.)
Two other members of our full time crew are Jaime and Manuel. They work at our La Piedad office.
Our webmaster Waitman Gobble keeps us all working and always is coming up with new features.
Gary Allen (Marathon Man Gary Allen) and Larry Allen (Larry Allen on Running) have signed on to do regular writing for us sharing their many years of running wisdom and knowledge with us. I am sure they will be getting out and getting in a few miles today.
Willie Korir is located in Nairobi, Kenya and has been sharing insights into what makes many runners in Kenya superstars. He has also run and logged 2851 miles for our three Run The World Challenges since July 4.
Our third Run The World team is not too far off of running and logging enough miles to circle the planet for the third time. I am so proud of our team.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Years to everyone. Be sure to get out today and let’s all make 2019 a super year. I know this is our plan here at My Best Runs.(12/25/2018) ⚡AMP
70-year-old Gene Dykes clocked 2:54:23 at the Jackson Marathon but it is not going to be accepted as an official world Record because the race was not sanctioned by the USATF. Gene posted this on Facebook.
“Before running the Jacksonville Marathon, I reached out to the race director for assurance that it was a suitable venue for setting a world record, and I received the response that "you should have a good shot at the record".
“I assumed that he was correct, but I was remiss in not doing my own homework. It appears that, although the Jacksonville Marathon (course) is certified by the USATF, the race was not sanctioned by the USATF, and both must be valid for recognition of records by USATF/IAAF.”
Many races do not pay the fee to be sanctioned by the USATF because they do not see the benefit. The larger races with elite runners have to be sanctioned and they do pay the fee.
A race of 30,000 plus runners pay $15,300 to the USATF. A smaller race of 3000 pay $1460.
These fees have nothing to do with the course being certified. Most races know the importance of having their course certified. It appears in this case, Jacksonville paid to have their course certified but not the sanctioned fee.
This would have gone completely unnoticed and maybe the race Director did not realize Gene Dykes was going to break Ed Whitlock world record.
But Gene did and now it is not going to be accepted as an official record because this fee was not paid. Maybe in a case like this the fee could not be paid after the fact?
“Gene Dykes deserves the record,” says Bob Anderson “and there should be something that can be done to make this right. If it is just about money, we can pay that.”
Obtaining a USATF sanction involves filling out a sanction agreement to form a relationship between the sanctioned event and USATF. Basically, it means that an event has agreed to follow applicable USATF rules and will be afforded the benefits like insurance and other things as outlined on their site.
Gene continued on FB. “Thank you all so much for the nice things posted about my race. I am still proud of what I've accomplished - it just looks like it's not going to be "official". That said, I still have four more years to do it right, and, who knows, that might happen sooner than you think!”
”Let’s not give up on what you already did Gene. You ran 26.2 miles in 2:54:23 and it should be accepted as the official world record,” says MBR Bob Anderson. “This time is too amazing to ignore.”(12/22/2018) ⚡AMP
My Best Runs "Best Racing Moment in 2018" and the My Best Runs "2019 World Best 100 Races" were announced today in Mountain View, California at the My Best Runs (MBR) headquarters.
First on the agenda was the announcement of the 2018 Best Racing Moment. MBR founder Bob Anderson stated, "Eluid Kipchoge was all smiles as he crossed the finish line at the Berlin Marathon September 29."
"He had just smashed the world marathon record clocking 2:01:39. Eliud ran the last 17k without pacers, pushing himself, taking off one minute and 18 seconds off of Dennis Kimetto's record."
"The world has rarely seen one event so dominated by one man, Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge," says Bob who also was the founder of Runner's World magazine (1966) and publisher for 18 years.
Eliud has won many awards this year including World Athletes of the Year at the IAAF Awards.
Next up on the agenda was the annoucement of the 4th Annual My Best Runs 2019 World Best 100 Races.
"There are so many good races in the world. This list could easily be much bigger. However, as we have done now for four years, we have narrowed it down to the top 100," stated Bob.
The shortest race is the New Balance 5th Avenue Mile in New York City. The longest is the 156 mile Marathon Des Sables coming up March 5 in Morocco.
Most offer prize money totally million of US dollars. The Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon coming up January 26 is offering $1,316,000. This marathon which was first held in 2000 top four men at the 2018 race all ran under between 2:04:00 and 2:04:06. Four women ran between 2:19:17 and 2:19:53.
"It is good to see over $21 million (from races MBR are featuring) in prize money being offered runners," says Bob. "Running is what these runners do and the money is well deserved and important for our sport."
Of course the Berlin Marathon is one of our top 100 but so is the Valencia Half Marathon (Spain) where Abraham Kiptum broke the world half marathon record in the 2018 race by clocking 58:18.
The Birell 10k Race in Prague, CZE also made the list again for the 4th year. 18-year-old Phonex Kipruto from Kenya clocked 26:46 while Caroline Kipkirui clocked 30:19. "This is one fast evening race and obviously belongs on our top 100 list," stated Bob.
The list has races from 23 different countries.
"You can not go wrong in running any of these races," says Bob Anderson. "Your biggest challenge in many of these races will be to be able to be on the starting line. But if you can get in, you will have a blast."(12/19/2018) ⚡AMP
San Diego-based Groundwork Endurance, LLC announced this week that it has acquired the iconic Carlsbad 5000 road race from IRONMAN, a Wanda Sports Holdings company. Under the leadership of local runners, including U.S Olympian Meb Keflezighi, Groundwork Endurance will welcome participants from around the world to Carlsbad, California April 6- 7, 2019 for the 34th annual Carlsbad 5000.
“I am delighted to join the local ownership team in building upon the legacy of the Carlsbad 5000. There is no better place than the San Diego coast to celebrate the sport that has meant so much to me,” said Meb, the only runner in history to win the NYC Marathon, Boston Marathon and an Olympic Marathon medal.
“I raced the Carlsbad 5000 twice during my professional career and both experiences were unforgettable. Having the opportunity to now help shape the direction of this amazing event for future generations is truly an honor. My wife and I are excited to watch as our three daughters run in their first Junior Carlsbad and we can’t wait to get more kids throughout the area to join in on the fun.” Known as the “World’s Fastest 5k”, the annual road race attracts amateur, competitive, and professional runners from around the world.
Since the inaugural edition in 1986, the Carlsbad 5000 has seen 16 World records and eight U.S. records, as well as numerous national and age group marks. The event is the home of the current female and male World 5K road records: 14:46, Meseret Defar (ETH), 2006 and 13:00, Sammy Kipketer (KEN), 2000.
“First and foremost, we want to thank the incredible running community that has made this race so special for more than 30 years,” said Ashley Gibson, the founder of Groundwork Endurance who spearheaded the effort to return race ownership to its local roots.
“The Carlsbad 5000 is not only a showcase of world- class talent but a celebration of family, friends, and community. Our team has a great appreciation for the unrivaled history of this race and we are committed to producing a fantastic event in 2019. April can’t get here soon enough!” Race weekend promises a fast oceanfront course, healthy competition, and energetic atmosphere for participants of all ages and paces. The event features multiple age-group races throughout the morning leading up to the legendary pro women's and men's races.
The popular Junior Carlsbad, which celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2019, also features multiple races designed for children ages 12 and under. Kids distances range from a one-miler to the always entertaining 50-yard Toddler Trot and 25-yard Diaper Dash.
“The Carlsbad 5000 is truly one of the world’s great events and holds a special place in the hearts of the runners and longtime event staff alike,” said Dan Cruz, the race’s longtime Head of Communications.
“Few events can match the Carlsbad 5000’s tradition, spectator friendly course, electric race day atmosphere and I couldn’t be more pleased to continue working with the new ownership team.”
My Best Runs Director Bob Anderson has run the Carlsbad 5000 for 25 consecutive years.(12/04/2018) ⚡AMP
Funny thing about running. A lot of it is solitary and we all thrive on being alone so its fine, at least part of the time. Meanwhile there isn’t much better than the camaraderie of a group or team run.
Conversations wax and wane and the personal bonds formed and memories made are often inseparable and indelible. The miles disappear, the pace quickens and the distance covered grows, it’s somehow invariably easier to be inspired to do more as part of a group.
It seems like we runners need a little of both; the quiet of running alone, lost in thought but with a good dose of runs on a team or with a friend or friends. Both have a place and are magical in their own special way.
Bob Anderson’s MyBestRuns hosts a periodic online event, repeated through the year, called Run the World Global Challenge and it fosters what we do alone and the joy in being connected while doing it.
Each event involves a hundred runners or so from all over the planet having signed up and committed to a cyber team effort to accumulate the running and walking mileage necessary to circumnavigate the 24,901 miles around the planet earth over a couple of months.
Participants post a daily (or in the case of some serious athletes, multiple times daily) run or walk, with a picture and little diary entry. I think most of the miles by all involved are solitary but all as part of the team effort to accomplish a goal bigger than any one of us.
It’s a unique, fascinating and inspirational use of social media. It has motivated me personally to do more, to be earnest in my efforts to rehabilitate my body following some personal health issues. There is a commitment, low key personal accountability, a real sense of achievement and camaraderie as words of encouragement and quiet competition creep in as we each do our part to collectively make it around the world.
The often lovely posts feature photographs of places run and selfies taken that somehow serve to enlighten and makes the world a smaller and more peaceful place, slightly reminiscent of the way world travel does.
I’m midway through my third trip around the world since July. I’ve contributed a total of about 500 miles, about the distance from my adopted home in New York City to my native eastern Maine.
This third team has already made it 8,850 miles in the first 25 days of running and walking (and posting). We’ve done enough to make it roughly from California to Europe and at our current average of about 350 miles per day we will have made it around again on about January 8th of the new year.
If so it will have taken us a total of 71 days, a good 9 days faster than Jules Verne imagined and fantasized about back in 1873. Go team!
(Editor’s note: Larry Allen is a 50 year runner and artist (self portrait) who currently is dealing with a health issue.
His wisdom and knowledge of our sport is impressive and this is why we asked him to regularly share his thoughts here - Larry Allen on Running. You can also follow Larry on our RTW Challenge feed.)(11/22/2018) ⚡AMP
I am Larry Allen. I am 64-year-old, a 50 year runner and doing the Run The World Challenge for the third time.
In 1965 I was living in Maine, Great Cranberry Island. A small, isolated, offshore island adjacent to a national park with only 80 residents. I started running there and achieved some success and in 2016 I was inducted into the Maine Running Hall of Fame.
Running is very important to me. Without intending to overstate it, running fits right in with eating, brushing my teeth and sleeping. Obsessed is another word although I think over the years the obsession has been moderated to a healthier place.
My mental health depends on it to an extent. My creativity, well being, problem solving, peacefulness and certainly my ability to stay centered and in balance with life itself have always been better when I’m running.
"He is a New York City artist, who retired as the director of publishing for the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan, “painted” in many different styles and left a truly remarkable body of work," a friend wrote.
I keep busy as an artist and as a part-time manager of the business affairs of my still very active wife Kristen Blodgette. She’s a professional musician, Musical Director, Conductor and Musical Supervisor, principally having been associated with Andrew Lloyd Webber for his Broadway and worldwide productions for over 30 years.
We live in New York City and in Fairfield County Connecticut. "Larry has run some impressive times over a wide range: 440 (51.7), 4:34 mile, 15:58 5k, 33:26 10k and a 2:46:20 marathon. He has directed many races, coached and written a lot about the sport.
When Larry turned 60 he wanted to run one more marathon," wrote Bob Anderson. I had a good year, a steady 60 miles per week. I was going to run Philly in November but about three weeks prior I tore a calf muscle severely and that was that. When I started running again about six weeks later I felt a profound fatigue and weakness that I didn’t recognize.
I assumed it was age but it was unsettling and very difficult. An old running friend and ER nurse saw the significant dip in my ability on a social media running tracking app and called me. She essentially did triage over the phone from 500 miles away and asked (told) me to immediately go the nearest walk-in clinic and to tell them she had sent me. After an EKG the doctor came into the exam room and said 'I don’t want to alarm you but you are in complete heart block and and we’ve called an ambulance.' I didn’t quite understand what heart block was but learned later that it was electrical in nature and not blocked arteries.
After emergency surgery suddenly I had a pacemaker. My cardiologist is Dr Paul Thompson, who in addition of being an esteemed physician is also an accomplished runner (15th at the 1976 Boston Marathon).
Dr. Thompson isn’t sure whether my heart block was as a result of damage done by a lot running for many years or a genetic predisposition or both but ironically he feels the strength of my heart and general health of the rest of my entire cardiovascular system as a result of years of running probably allowed me to survive the condition.
My goal today is to find the right clothes for a cold windy day and to run four miles in the woods. My goal for this week is to do it again on Friday and hopefully Sunday too. In between my goal is to briskly walk five or six miles on rest days and at a tempo that lets me recover enough to run the next day.
My goal this winter is to stay off the treadmill as much as I can and to get outside six days per week, to cover about 30 miles weekly and to enjoy every single mile. My goal for next spring is to be running the majority if not all of my miles. My goal for next summer and fall is to have it all be easier than it was this year. My goal for the year after that is to do another lap....and the same for every year.
(Editor's note: Larry's wisdom and knowledge of running is impressive and we are happy to announce that Larry will be contributing to My Best Runs on a regular basis - Larry Allen on Running. He also posts most days in the RTW Feed about his road to recovery.)(11/19/2018) ⚡AMP
Yuki Kawauchi announced on Facebook today that, "I have decided to stop running marathons in America and Europe until next spring."
This comes after running some tough marathons including the Venice Marathon where he had to run through ankle deep water. Yuki continues, "I feel severe (tired) going to work (after a marathon) without recovery time (massage, hot spring, rest, etc.) after a long fight and jet lag."
He has to go into work soon after he arrives back in Japan and usually works until 9:15pm. He posted, "It was no problem when I was younger."
In the last year he mentioned the following races: January marathon in US was very cold like -17C (5F). In March he vomited after he finished because of the hot conditions in Taiwan. The conditions in Boston where he won were terrible (cold, wet and windy). In May he ran a 71K race in Japan on a very tough course. June was a hot marathon in Sweden. He ran in strong wind in two races in Japan and Italy.
He concluded, "I need to recover to be in perfect condition by next spring." Gary Fanelli, former elite runner, reaction was similar of many, "Yes Yuki, you definitely need recovery...so please give that to yourself...and rest until you do feel 100%...which means, how you felt before you started a marathon."
Bob Anderson says,"Yuki is a hero for many of us. He has run in extreme conditions and have run well most of the time. But now he needs recovery time. Even super heroes need to let their body recover. Yuki has made a wise decision."(11/08/2018) ⚡AMP
Gene Dykes is the world's best runner in the world currently seventy plus. "One of my 'secret' training methods for marathons is to run a lot of ultras," Gene told My Best Runs in this exclusive profile.
"I’ll begin training for Boston in January, and to kick it off I’ll run a 50-miler in January and both a 100-miler and a 200-miler in February. During March I’ll convert that training base into marathon speed."
Sounds wild and unconventional but it has been working for 70-year-old Gene Dykes from Philadelphia..."It was thought by many of us that Canada's Ed Whitlock's records were way beyond reach," says lifelong runner and Runner's World and My Best Runs founder Bob Anderson.
"At age 73 Ed became the first 70 plus runner in the world to run the marathon under three hours." In 2004 73-year-old Ed Whitlock clocked an amazing 2:54:48 at the Scotiabank Tornonto Waterfront Marathon.
No one ever had run a marathon that fast 70 plus. The late Ed Whitlock was in a league of his own until now. At the same marathon this year on October 21, 70-year-old Gene Dykes clocked 2:55:18.
My Best Runs wanted to find out more about this new super star, a runner who has set PR's at all distances (other than the 5k) over the last year from 1500m to 200 miles. How did Gene discover running?
"It’s probably more accurate to say that I discovered running twice," said Gene. "The first time, when I was about fourteen, it just kind of popped into my head to run three miles to the house of a girl I was interested in. After about a mile and a half, I had to walk for a bit. I was really disgusted with myself, and I swore I would never again resort to walking on a run.
"I actually kept this promise, until I started doing trail races, of course, where there are lots of good reasons to walk now and then."
After this he ran track in high school for a couple of years. "In my senior year I thought I was pretty good when I dominated the 2-mile run in my county. That notion was quickly dispelled when I ran track in college and I was totally blown away by the competition. For the next four decades, I would stay in jogging shape much of the time, but it never occurred to me to race because it had been firmly impressed upon me that I wasn’t a very good runner," Gene remembers.
He rediscovered running in 2004 at the age of 56 after a six year layoff because of a torn hamstring... "A golfing acquaintance told me he had a running group and that I should join him sometime. A classic case of falling in with a bad crowd. They encouraged me to run some races with them, and discovering that I wasn’t half bad, my running career was born," Gene told us.
So how important is running to Gene? "It started out as an activity I looked forward to on weekends, and it slowly took over as my main hobby. Probably starting around 2011 when I ran my first adventure race and started training for Comrades (56-mile race in South Africa) it became way more than just a hobby. While it will never quite reach the point of being 'all-consuming.' I suppose you would be forgiven for thinking that, considering that I’ll have done 38 races in 34 weekends this year."
The obvious next question was, tell us about your training. "For about nine years I just stumbled my way through training. I did lots of long, slow runs with occasional track workouts. I gradually improved, and I was having a lot of fun, but I was worried that my best days were behind me when I fell miserably short of a new marathon PR at the 2013 Toronto Marathon.
"Swallowing my pride and opening my wallet, I hired a coach. What a life changing decision that was! In just five months I went from a half decent runner with modest goals to a runner capable of competing at the highest levels. Training now consists of fewer miles, but harder workouts and fewer rest days," says Gene.
He has set PR's in the last 12 months from 200 miles down to the 1500m. He clocked 98 hours, 10 minutes 22 seconds for 200 miles, 23:41:22 for 100 miles, 1:26:34 for the half marathon and 5:17 for 1500m.
In 2018 he won ten USATF national championships. His 2:57:43 clocked at this year's Rotterdam Marathon was a world single age record until he bettered it in Toronto.
Gene says, "I’m particularly fond of having won championships at both track 1500 meters and trail 100 mile this year.” In part two Gene talks about his diet, going after more records, dealing with injuries and a lot more. Coming tomorrow October 29 on My Best Runs.(10/28/2018) ⚡AMP
The little country of Palau had a lot to celebrate after finishing 5th in the Run The World Global Run Challenge 2 that concluded October 12.
Palau's team leader Aaron Salvador posted in the RTW Feed, "This is now the fruit of our labors, those sweats, early morning runs, long runs and running under the rain/heat of the sun are all worth it."
He himself ran and logged 378 miles during the 44 day event. Miles ran and logged in Palau totalled 1,187. Team members only ran more miles in the countries of United States, Kenya, India and South Africa.
Palau is located in the western Pacific Ocean. There are mountain and sandy beaches on its east coast and grassy fields surrounded by palm trees in the north. Current population is just under 22,000. Aaron and team will be competing again in the up-coming RTW Challenge 3 starting October 29.
"Our team from around the world is being put together now," says Bob Anderson Team Caption. "We have runners of all abilities on our team. Current and past elite runners make up our team as well as runners who have just started running. All ages run and walk with us from age 11 to age 74."
34-year-old team member Carmen Gair from South Africa wrote, "RTW Challenge 2 motivated me to log more mileage than I have ever done before in a similar time frame. I can’t wait to see what Challenge 3 brings. Absolutely love being part of this wonderful running community."
62-year-old Kiranpal Singh Dhody from India will be participating for the third times says, "I love running for fitness...I try to push myself to get good timings in competitions and get podium finishes. The RTW Challenge helps me push myself."
RTW Challenge 3 starts October 29. It is easy to participate. Just run, race or walk and then log these miles (k's) into your My Best Runs account.
South Africa team leader Lize Dumon posted, "I haven't realized how precious this RTW community has become to me. It is like an extended running family...It has become a place where I learn so much about running from reading everybody's posts and a place of immense encouragement... bring on Challenge 3."
This event was created by 70-year-old Bob Anderson who founded Runner's World when he was 17 and published it for 18 years. "I hope you will join our team," says Bob. "Sign up by October 29 or join us along the way."(10/22/2018) ⚡AMP
Did you Know? Run The World Challenge 2 team members Becca Pizzi and Michael Wardian both ran the marathon (first woman and first man) that was run inside the Gillette Stadium in Boston September 29.
This 114 lap race was the first-ever marathon held entirely inside and on the field of an NFL football stadium.
Dave McGillivray (also a RTWC 2 team member) was the race director. "Dave's marathons are my absolute favorite and his DMSE support team is second to none," says Becca.
A ton of funds were raised for the New England Patriots Foundation helping the homeless...Both Becca and Michael have signed up for the RTW Challenge 3 team.
Run The World is an event created by lifetime runner 70-year-old Bob Anderson. He ran 260 miles for challenge 2 and even through he did not complete anything close to what Becca and Michael did, he still doubled his normal weekly mileage. Many team members were also motivated to run more hitting milestones of 50, 100, 200 or more miles before we finished.
"The finish line of the RTW Challenge is when our team have logged 24,901 miles," says Bob Anderson. It took 44 days 18 hours and 29 minutes to complete the task this time.
Runners age 11-74 ran miles in 24 different countries. In the little country of Palau 1,187 miles were logged. 74-year-old Frank Bozanich ran and logged 801 miles in the 44 days. There are so many amazing stories.
What has become really popular and a good motivator is the Run The World Feed. Many team members post notes and photos daily for other members to leave comments.
"I read every post and look at every photo and comment on each one," says Bob. "I started this with Challenge 1 and found this was a good motivator."
Lize Dumon in South Africa wrote, "The RTW community is very precious to me. It is like an extended running family, a safe place to share everything running."
RTW Challenge 3 starts October 29. The Challenge will help get you in better shape so you can reach your goals. This can be a tough time of the year to get out the door. We will help each other. Sign up today and join our team.(10/15/2018) ⚡AMP
"We have finished," says Lize Dumon (photo) a RTW Challenge 2 team member from South Africa, "Great achievement! But this morning, going out for my run just felt that little bit harder. I haven't realized how precious this RTW community has become to me. It is like an extended running family, a safe place to share everything running without rolling eyes and sighs from non-runners. It has become a place where I learn so much about running from reading everybody's posts and a place of immense encouragement! I don't want to leave this place... bring it on Challenge 3!"
Run The World Global Run Challenge is a global event celebrating running, motivating the team, inspiring others and completing the goal. The 131 member RTW Challenge 2 team ran and logged miles in 24 countries reaching a total of 24,901 miles in 44 days 18 hours 29 minutes.
"This event is a real motivator. Many of our members (including me) ran many more miles than usual," says Run The World Challenge Team Caption, Bob Anderson. 34-year-old team member Carmen Gair from South Africa posted, "Thank you...for this amazing challenge...thank you...for motivating me to run more than double my usual mileage in this amount of time."
She ran and logged 151 miles in 44 days. Team members added this challenge to their existing goals and used the Challenge to further motivate them.
"Here are the special awards for our RTW Challenge 2 team," says Bob Anderson who reached 260.66 miles himself.
For Outstanding achievement: Frank Bozanich age 74 logged 801 miles...
Most Inspiring: Lize Dumon set her goal to reach 200 miles and she did that. She also motivated other team members in South Africa that she recruited to reach their goal as well...
Most Motivating: Aaron L. Salvador from the little country of Palau logged 377.99 miles, recruited others and posted a note and photo everyday...For
Best Performance: Willie Korir (second photo) from Kenya logged the most miles (993.88) which is an average of 22.5 miles per day. This is being shared with Joel Maina Mwangi also from Kenya who not only logged in 610.44 miles but he raced four half marathons during the Challenge period clocking 1:02:52, 1:03:19, 1:02:50 and 1:02:54...
Five Most Inspiring stories: based on their story posted on My Best Runs: (this award goes to the five who received the most views on My Best Runs) Joyce Lee (1178 views), Michael Wardian (851 views), Gloria Nasr (616 views), Joel Maina Mqangi (492 views), Pete Magill (400 views)...
Best Youngest performance: Zander Brister age 11 logged 16.32 miles. He ran one mile in Hollister clocking 6:19 and he also averaged 7:42/mile pace at the Pacific Grove Double Road Race 15k...
Best Oldest performance: Frank Bozanich age 74 logged 801 miles. Shared with 71-year-old Paul Shimon who logged 655.37 miles...
Top Fifteen Spirit awards: (Based on posts on the RTW Feed) Aaron L Salvador, Michael Anderson, Brent Weigner, Danilo Purlia, Larry Allen, Asya Cabral, Lize Dumon, Roger Wright, Geoffrey Smith, Carmen Gair, Annie Conneau, Joseph Brazil, Vince Martignetti, Marnie Margolis, Willie Korir...
Best Single Run: Michael Wardian when he ran 184.5 miles in 36 hours 48 minutes 14 seconds on the C&O Canal Trail...
Notable Mentions: Boaz Kipyego logged 788.61 miles and came to the United States and placed fourth at the Twin City Marathon. Rosaline Nyawira was first female logging 454.37 miles. Brent Weigner (69) has been running races every weekend including running a marathon in another country Sri Lanka. He logged 258 miles. James Kalani has gotten back into running (this challenge motivating him) and has already run 4 miles at 5:33 pace. He logged 252 miles.
Ultra marathon star Gloria Nasr from France logged 237 miles. Rosaura Tennant ran both the Berlin and Chicago marathon during this Challenge. Becca Pizzi was first woman in the marathon run inside a NFL stadium in Boston...
"Everyone is a winner on our team," says Bob Anderson. "I can't wait to do this again." RTW Challenge 3 start Oct 29.(10/13/2018) ⚡AMP
America’s Meb Keflezighi is considering coming out of retirement to try to make his fifth U.S. Olympic team at the age of 44 years old at the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials.
As the most decorated U.S. marathoner in history, Keflezighi won a silver medal in the 2004 Olympic marathon. He also won the 2009 New York City Marathon, the 2012 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials and the 2014 Boston Marathon. Keflezighi, currently 43, made his first U.S. Olympic team on the track in 2000 and then competed in the marathon at the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Summer Games.
He announced his retirement from competitive running after racing the 2017 New York City Marathon, which was his 26th career marathon. “I still believe I can run 2:12 or 2:13, and maybe even faster on a great day,” Keflezighi added.
“The question that I have to ask myself is whether or not I want to do the work to get in 2:14 shape. I really don’t know.” The 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials will be held on Feb. 29, 2020 in Atlanta.
“Meb should do this,” says Bob Anderson. “US marathoning needs this even if it just inspire others but I think you could pull off at least a top three if he puts in the training.”(10/10/2018) ⚡AMP
The top two finishers at last year's Illinois Marathon were both clocked at 2:21:03. The finish line judges gave the win to 22-year-old Tesfaalem Mehari and 39-year-old Wilson Chemweno second.
My Best Runs helped tell the world about this exciting finish. My Best Runs published the leader board results just as soon as they were official.
Race director Jan Seeley had decided to have the Illinois Marathon featured and followed by My Best Runs (MBR) months before.
"We only feature the best, most interesting and unique races," says MRB founder Bob Anderson, "the Illinois marathon is the type of race we want to share with our over 600,000 unique annual visitors."
MBR is supported by races. "Jan recently signed up for another year and we appreciate her support along with our many other race directors," says Manuel Juarez, MBR sales manager.
MBR was started by lifetime runner Bob Anderson, the founder and publisher of Runner's World Magazine (from 1966 to 1984). Bob, now 70, is still running 35 miles weekly and racing at sub 8 pace.
"My Best Runs is for runners who love races," says Bob Anderson. "We are helping race directors publicize their race, and our website helps visitors find races from around the world without having to spend hours searching the Internet. It is now in one place. This is much more than just a race listing," says Lisa Wall, MBR social media director.
MBR features Photos, Videos, Course Maps, registration link, Leader Board Results, prize money, race write ups, background info, current race stats and promote discount codes if you do this. "Our editorial team will put this all together for you and post your results as soon as they are official, keeping your race updated every step of the way," says Michael Anderson, media director.
As news becomes available, your race will also be featured in our column Running News Daily and in our weekly newsletter. "We want to tell more people around the world about your race," says Bob. Contact Manuel Juarez for more details at 650-209-7820 or write firstname.lastname@example.org
"We appreciate your support. This is a win-win situation and we can have your race up within 24 hours at a reasonable cost," says Jamie Sanchez, MBR content manager.(10/03/2018) ⚡AMP
"I think the Run The World Challenge is really cool because I get to connect with people who are doing the same thing for different reasons, and people from around the world,” say Henry Ward who is doing the challenge for the second time.
The Run The World Global Run Challenge is all about running. It is a celebration of running. The challenge is a good motivator and many have said they have run more miles (k's) because of the challenge.
The challenge inspires others to start or re-start their running. The challenge is about setting a goal and completing it. “Our first team started on July 4 and 36 days 23 hours 13 minutes later our team of 175 (which is now the max size of a team) finished running and logging 24,901 miles (40,074K),” says team Caption, 70-year-old Bob Anderson who logged 189 miles.
“Our team ran miles in 30 different countries. The youngest on our team was 11 and the oldest 82 and I am proud of all of them.” Participants logged in as many as 797.37 miles down to 2.49 miles.
Run The World Challenge 2 starts Wednesday August 29. You can sign up at any time but once 175 people log at least a mile, our team is full. “Signing up is just the first step of the process,” says Bob Anderson.
“You are not on the team until you log your first mile.” For this challenge, we will be doing a celebration lap in Pacific Grove on September 30 at the Pacific Grove 10k and Double Road Race event.
“We encourage everyone to join us and come run one of our races too,” says Bob. Get signed up and logged your first mile starting Wednesday August 29 to make the team. The maximum size team is 175.
“We are running and logging enough miles to circle the globe,” says Michael Wardian who is doing the challenge for the second time. That is 24,901 miles. All ages and abilities are invited. Every mile count.
(Photo) Team members Bob Anderson, Lisa Wall and Owen Wall.(08/26/2018) ⚡AMP
The Run The World Global Run Challenge 1 presented by My Best Runs started July 4, 2018. The goal was to run and log 24,901 Miles in the shortest posible time. "The mission was to celebrate running, motivate our team, inspire others and complete the challenge," says team caption Bob Anderson.
The team of 175 active runners finished in 36 Days 23 Hours and 13 Minutes on Thursday night August 9th at 11:13pm (PDT). "It was an amazing event and I can not wait until the next one starting August 29," says Geoff Smith (team member and two time Boston Marathon winner).
"Everyone on our team was a winner and deserve an award," says Bob Anderson. "Here are our special awards just announced today. Congrats to these winners and our entire team."
Outstanding achievement - Frank Bozanich age 74 logged 475 miles.
Most Inspiring - Aaron L. Salvador from the little country of Palau logged 296.4 miles and posted a comment and photo everyday. Shared with Geoff Smith who also posted a comment and photo everyday logged 240.5 miles (which is almost double what he was doing prior to the Challenge)
Most Motivating - Grace Padilla (US) logged 327.11 miles posted a comment and creative photo everyday. Grace who is 47 placed 11th overall and was first female.
Best Performance - Willie Korir from Kenya not only did he log the most miles (797.37) he also ran one of his workouts at 4:37/mile pace for 9.13 miles.
Five Most Inspiring stories - based on their story posted on My Best Runs: (this award goes to the five who received the most views on My Best Runs) Michael Wardian (1,677 views), Benn Griffin (1,461 views), Swetha Amit (1,431 views), Roy Pirrung (1,241 views) and Kiranpal Singh Dhody (1,088 views)
Most Inspiring Photo - Grace Padilla´s July 5th photo training on the track in Mammoth Lakes, California (featured photo).
Best Youngest performance - Owen Wall age 11 who logged 34.2 miles including running 8.1 miles in one day at 9:59 pace during his longest ever run. Shared with Elliot Daniels age 14 who ran and logged 184.45 miles and ran 5:47/mile pace for six miles in the Wharf to Wharf race in Santa Cruz, California.
Best Oldest performance - Libby James age 82 who logged 81.81 miles (rounds up to 82). Shared with 74-year-old Frank Bozanich who ran and logged in 475 miles.
Top Fifteen Spirit awards (based on coment and photo posted regularly that appeared on the Run The World Feed): Aaron L Salvador, Grace Padilla, Shawn Whalen, Michael Anderson, Brent Weigner, Danilo Purlia, Larry Allen, Rosaura Tennant, Asya Cabral, Kati Toivanen, Lize Dumon, Roger Wright, Abbey Cannon, Geoffrey Smith, and Pulkit Singh.
Best Single Run - Michael Wardian when we ran 100.5 miles in 30 hours 23 minutes to place 11th on July 21 at Hardrock 100.
Notable Mentions - Dave Mcgillivray logged 164.52 miles (Boston Marathon Director), Becca Pizzi logged 226.17 miles (Holds the record for running seven Marathons. Seven days on seven Continents), Liz Dumon had never run 150 Miles in 30 days before this challenge, Boaz Kipqego from Kenya logged 588.52 miles and placed second, JR Mintz (age 52) logged the most miles by an American with 480.86 miles, Paul Shimon (age 71) logged 390.71 miles placed 6th overall and was third American, Harpal Singh Gill was first runner from India logging 331.66 miles placing 10th overall, Sam Tada was first runner from Japan logging 237.30 miles placing 29th overall. Malin Andersson co-owner of World´s Marathons logged in 77.67 miles and Will Adams who logged 51.58 miles mostly all plogging (picking up trash while running).
Our next Run The World Global Run Challenge starts August 29. There is a $25 entry fee to help cover expenses unless you can not afford it and then it will be waived.(08/16/2018) ⚡AMP
My Best Runs located in Mountain View, California and World’s Marathons located in Stockholm, Sweden have formed a partnership.
This is exciting news for both race organizers and runners. World’s Marathons partners will now be offered the opportunity to utilize the resources of My Best Runs to gain additional exposure for their race events.
“Runners get a new channel to discover amazing races and book their entry online through My Best Runs,” says Malin Andersson co-founder of World’s Marathons.
“This is especially helpful when entering an international race or a race that sells out quickly,” says My Best Runs founder Bob Anderson.
Thanks to the partnering of these two high profile running sites, who already have a tremendous hold on the marathon and running industry, My Best Runs will further enhance World’s Marathons Marketplace by offering the tools to register at a click of a button.
The partnership creates an audience in over 150 countries worldwide. Currently, 80% of the registrations through World’s Marathons are made by international runners.
“The additional marketing is a huge asset to an event organizer’s exposure, participation rate, and bottom line,” says Malin. This will be a big benefit for race organizer looking to increase the popularity of your race, target people outside of your niche market, and create buzz that reaches the world at an amazing pace.
Bob Anderson and Malin Andersson (photo) got together in Paris in late May for a run, to meet up with Edouard Cassignol from the Paris Marathon and to finalize plans. Those plans are being rolled out now. “Races like the Stockholm Marathon are already on board,” says Bob Anderson.(08/12/2018) ⚡AMP
The first ever Run The World team have run and logged enough miles to circle the Global. A team of 175 strong from around the world came together and not only covered 24,901 miles but they took the time to logged this many miles in 36 Days 23 Hours 13 Minutes.
The team ran miles in 30 different countries. The youngest person on the team was Owen Wall, age 11 and the oldest was Libby James, age 82. Willie Korir from Kenya logged the most miles with 797.37.
Grace Padilla from the US posted the most for females with 327.11 miles. The purpose of the Run The World Challenge was to celebrate running, motivate the team, inspire others and complete the goal.
“Our Mission was accomplished,” says Run The World team leader Bob Anderson. The next start date is August 29 and it is hoped this record will be broken.(08/10/2018) ⚡AMP
The Run The World Challenge is one of the longest running events on the planet. “Our team will log in enough miles to circle the world, that is 24,901 miles,” says team leader Bob Anderson.
A team can not be no larger than 200 active runners. “Our team needed members to run miles in at least 20 different countries (we have logged in miles in 29 countries). We also had to at least have one runner in each age group (14 and under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39,40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79 and 80 plus). We met all these Run The World Challenge standards,” says Bob.
The goal was to do this in 30 days. “What we did not know is that with a team this size, things happen, injuries, work and family situations, life challenges, or just running out of time to log. So after 30 days our team has logged in 19,600 miles,” Bob says.
This team is 78.7% of the way around the globe. “Our team of 163 active runners are amazing.” Willie Korir from Kenya is the leader and has been running two to four times per day to login his 630 miles.
That is 21 miles per day. Jen Baylis from the US has logged in 465.34 miles with Grace Padilla right behind her with 464 miles. 25 members of the team has logged in 200 miles or more. 45 have logged 150 miles or more and 85 a hundred or more.
“One of our team members, Michael Wardian (photo) logged in 100.5 miles in one day. No, we are not finished. We are not finished until we reach 24,901 miles,” says Bob. Maybe during the next challenge a team will reach 24,901 miles in 30 days. The next Run The World Challenge starts August 29.
“In the meantime we are continuing until we reach our goal. We are hoping to reach it within 40 days or in ten more days,” says Bob Anderson.(08/02/2018) ⚡AMP