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There were many outstanding performances at the 2019 Boston Marathon. Two that really stand out are: Forty years after her first win at the Boston Marathon, Joan Benoit Samuelson scored a victory of a more personal nature during Monday’s 123rd edition of the race.
The Cape Elizabeth native and Freeport resident met her stated goal of finishing the 2019 race within 40 minutes of her winning time in 1979, completing the 26.2-mile trek from Hopkinton to downtown Boston in an even 3 hours, 4 minutes while running much of the marathon with her daughter Abby (photo).
The effort not only enabled the 61-year-old Samuelson to place first in her age group (women 60-64) and 249th among all the women in the 30,000-runner field, but she also finished just 28 minutes and 45 seconds behind the 2:35:15 she ran to win Boston in her first-ever attempt at the distance as a college student four decades earlier.
“I did and I’m really happy about it,” Samuelson said during a postrace interview near the finish line with WBZ-TV.
“To have our daughter in this race with me meant a great deal to me. She’s as passionate about the sport as I am, and to be out there with everybody cheering us on and the weather backing off to maybe coming on a little too warm, I can’t complain,” she said.
On the men's side: 71-year-old Gene Dykes of Bala Cynwyd broke his own age-group record on Monday, posting the fastest course time for a 70-to-74-year-old at 2 hours, 58 minutes, 50 seconds.
Dykes set the previous course record for that age group in 2018 at age 70, posting a time of 3:16 in driving rain.(04/15/2019) ⚡AMP
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Gene Dykes, the 70-year-old from Philadelphia whose marathon world record attempt ended in disappointment when he realized the event he chose (the Jacksonville Marathon in Florida) was not USATF-sanctioned has posted his chosen races for 2019 on his Facebook page–all 34 of them. (His 2:54:23 on a certified course is the fastest ever run by someone 70 plus.)
Dykes is as prolific a racer as 2018 Boston Marathon champion Yuki Kawauchi. Here’s what he has lined up for this year: 34 races, consisting of five marathons (including Boston, Big Sur, New York and Philadelphia), 13 ultras (10 of them on the trails, and including no fewer than four 100-milers and a 24-hour track race), and 16 shorter races.
What does not appear on the schedule is another stab at the record he thought he’d bagged in Jacksonville. Though Dykes told us in December that he was planning another attempt at Ed Whitlock’s M70 record at either the Houston Marathon or the Louisiana Marathon (both are January 20), he has now said that’s off, partly because he’s recovering from a fall at the Wild Azalea 50-miler in Louisiana January 5.
Gene wrote on his Strava account, "Trail was particularly treacherous this year. Wet, roots covered in fallen leaves. I went down hard more than a dozen times. I banged up my knee pretty badly at the 30 mile mark but I was able to finish off the next 20 miles.
"I couldn't walk that evening or the next day. Often wondered if I'd ever run again. It's a week later now, and the swelling has mostly subsided."
He did post on Monday that he is feeling just fine now. He was able to run 8.5 miles January 15 at 7:49/mile pace. His next race on his schedule is the Chilly Cheeks 11k trail race January 20.(01/16/2019) ⚡AMP
Strava is starting another running podcast beginning January 10. The fitness tracking app is about to unveil a new podcast entitled “Athletes Unfiltered,” for the runners and cyclists who use it.
It will be hosted by The North Face-sponsored ultrarunner Hillary Allen and feature interviews with extraordinary athletes and athletes in extraordinary circumstances.
One of the first episodes will feature an interview with Gene Dykes (photo), who recently broke the late Canadian marathoner Ed Whitlock‘s WMA M70 marathon record with his 2:54:23 performance in Jacksonville, Florida.
Strava posted this on their website, “Athletes Unfiltered features normal athletes. They're good, inspiring people, daring enough to share their journey day after day, whether that's breaking a marathon PR or cutting a run short to desperately search for the nearest toilet.”(12/23/2018) ⚡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
The 70-year-old Gene Dykes, a retired computer programmer clocked 2:54:23 December 15 in Jacksonville, Florida. This breaks the world record for 70 plus by 25 seconds.
He was over a hour ahead of second place in his division and Gene ran the fastest time for men 55 plus. (Click on the link to read more about Gene in our exclusive two part profile done a couple of months back.)
Gene has only been racing serious a few years now. He had gone under three hours twice already this year and felt he was ready to break the world record by year end.
He decided to hire a coach recently and ever since then Gene has been winning and setting records from 1500m to 200 miles.
Unlike a lot of marathoners he also believes in running races up to 200 miles. Another key element he says is to make sure his weight is just right. It is hard because he loves to eat.(12/17/2018) ⚡AMP
My Best Runs Exclusive Profile Part Two. Gene Dkyes is only the second man in history over the age of 70 to run a marathon under three hours. He has done it twice. He ran 2:58:28 at the Rotterdam Marathon and then he clocked 2:55:18 in Toronto Oct 21.
Only Ed Whitlock have run faster. Gene Dykes was born in 1948 in Canton, Ohio.
All of his PR's from 200 miles to 1500m (accept for the 5k) have been set in the last year. He has a B.A. in chemistry and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Cornell University in 1978.
He has been married since 1982 and they both moved to Philadelphia from Ithaca, New York in 1993. After his Toronto Marathon we asked Gene about his race strategy.
"I’m a slave to my GPS watch while running a race," says Gene. "I nearly always run negative splits on any race shorter than a marathon, and I’m rarely more than a minute or two slower in the second half a marathon.
I consume far fewer calories before and during a race than most runners seem to." How about your weight? He thinks the "Two seconds per pound per mile is a rule that is awfully important. Keeping weight down for a major race is the hardest part of training.
It’s especially hard when I use the “See Food” diet. I’ll eat just about anything, especially when I see it."
In 2017 he was only one of 13 to complete the Triple Crown of 200's and he was the oldest finisher in each of them.
In August he ran the 206.5 mile Bigfoot 200, September was the 205.5 mile Tahoe 200 and October was the 238 mile Moab 240. In 2018 he won ten USATF National Championships from 1500m on the track to 100 mile on the trail. So what is ahead for Gene?
"Having turned 70 this year, I decided that I would spend the year chasing records and national championships and forego many of the big ultra races that I really love.
I still have one national age group record to topple which I expect to happen at the Philadelphia Half Marathon in November. Having come up just 34 seconds short of beating Ed Whitlock’s venerable M70 age group record in the marathon, you can be sure that I’m making plans on another attempt within a year.
I’m keeping those plans secret, though," Gene told My Best Runs. In the meantime Gene has signed on to the Run The World Challenge 3 team.
Gene is at the top of the 70 plus world and don't you get the feeling he is going to be setting a lot more records? (Photo taken at the USATF National Outdoor Championships in Spokane)(10/29/2018) ⚡AMP