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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. Participants run or walk and then log in those miles (k’s) on their My Best Runs Account. There have already been five different challenges. Three (RTW1, RTW2 and RTW3) were challenges where each team logged enough miles to circle the world which is 24,901 miles. The best time...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) ⚡AMPby Bob Anderson Team Caption
If you want a useful guide for running in Central Park this isn’t that. There is plenty of concise information available online and all of it will do a far better job telling you exactly how to go for a run in New York City’s favorite 840 acre backyard.
If you want to know about beginning a long term relationship with New York City and running in Central Park, this is my story.
My first run in the park was on December 29, 1978. I was in college on the GI Bill and had taken my slightly unreliable but fun-to-drive MGB from Maine to Florida over Christmas break.
I didn’t want to think about the trip back north. Hitchhiking was still an option in those days if my car gave out but it surely was not what I wanted.
I was already a veteran of two marathons and was ramping up my mileage for the Boston Marathon the following April. I had a glorious couple of weeks of running in the technicolor light and warmth of south Florida and while there even managed to meet Frank Shorter.
I ran twice a day including a couple of two hour runs, went to empty beaches to bask in sunny 60 degree days while bundled up locals looked on, amused and mystified.
All in all it was a great time, went quickly and too soon I was starting the long drive back to Maine.
A couple of uneventful days on the road brought me back to the NJ turnpike two days before New Year Eve. In the fading light of a cold, clear winter afternoon I pulled into a service plaza for gas.
My plan was to continue driving on through the night for the last 500 plus miles vs. spending money I didn’t have for a roadside motel room. A “you are here” map in the foyer of the restroom surprised me with my close proximity to NYC.
The next thing I remember is rummaging through the stuff in my car for an address book with the phone number of a longtime summer friend from Maine who spent the balance of his life on upper west side of New York.
I searched between the seats for change to make a call on a pay phone and was fortunate that my friend even answered. He graciously said I could crash for the night.
I’d never even been into NYC proper and the prospects for the evening were exciting if not a little intimidating.
I finally made it safely down from the high bridge over the Hudson River into the city and found a place to park near Grant’s Tomb on Riverside Drive, a few blocks west of my friend’s apartment not far from Columbia University.
I made the wise choice to schlep all of my stuff to the apartment for fear that the patched convertible top and dodgy locks of my car wouldn’t deter anyone in 1970s NYC, from breaking in looking for anything of value.
I said a quick hello and thank you to my friend on arrival but needed a run before I could eat or do anything else. He understood and gave me directions to Central Park and showed me how to buzz myself back into his high rise building.
Running down Broadway entailed dodging and weaving along hopelessly crowded evening sidewalks, scents from all manner of ethnic food wafting as I made my way through the 20 red lights, one per block, for a mile.
Eventually a left turn, to the east for a few more blocks to enter the park around 100th St at Central Park West.
The park was dark and cold, full of energy but it oddly felt peaceful too. The air was filled with different smells; diesel bus fumes, horse manure, musty fallen leaves, street pretzels, roasted nuts and yes, adrenaline, some of it mine.
Traffic hadn’t been banned from the park drives in the evening yet so it was full of yellow cabs and giant 70s era sedans moving slowly in heavy evening traffic.
I looked around for a landmark, something to remember so I could find my way back out of the park onto the same street in hopes of finding my way back to my friend’s place through what felt like barely contained chaos on the city streets.
I took note of a broken, graffiti covered park bench in this far less than gentrified version of the city. It seemed memorable enough and I guess it was.
Inside the park there was a lane for running. Parallel were two traffic lanes around what I’d been told was a six mile loop circling the park just inside the perimeter.
In spite of the hummock and pot-hole filled streets, particularly in the nearly bankrupt version of the city at the time, I recall the park drives being remarkably smooth pavement.
I turned right, running downtown on the west side. The rolling hills also seemed more downhill than up too, something I confirmed in years and miles to come.
At first it was a gentle contained pace, working out the stiffness in my legs and back after a day long drive from North Carolina on a bad suspension and the hard seats in my car.
The grade of the rolling hills and gently winding turns in the park seemed worn-in to the landscape. It felt perfect for running, almost carved into the city like the equivalent of glacial wear but from the mass of some number of the eight million city residents using the park day after day.
Making my way down the west side for a mile offered peeks through the leafless trees and scenic overlooks of the lights and architecture of pre war apartment buildings forming what appeared to be a tall, impenetrable wall along the avenue fronting the park.
Periodically there were glimpses further downtown to the iconic skyscrapers in midtown. The Empire State Building and Chrysler Building most familiar amongst a forest of others that seemed just as big if not as well known.
I simply didn’t want to stop running, the pull was almost magnetic, my tempo gradually increasing around the next corner or over the next hill, all just to see what was ahead.
It was all a bit like a party that you didn’t want to leave for fear of missing something good that might happen.
Just before reaching a first opportunity to choose between veering left from the main park drive or continuing straight toward the high rises of midtown; I went by what, in a few years, would be renamed Strawberry Fields. It was in honor of John Lennon; murdered not far away at the entrance to his building, the Dakota, which overlooks the park here.
The park is a perfect rectangle, slightly off of an exact north to south axis extending from 110th St to 59th St., 2.5 miles on each side and slightly over .75 mile between 5th Avenue on the east side and Central Park West on the other.
Years later I learned that the cutoff (or shortcut) I had seen and gone by at 72nd St and another I hadn’t reached yet at 102nd St made for a seemingly endless variety of options for creating and running multiples of loops of 2, 4, 5 miles and of course the full 6 mile circuit.
The New York Road Runners used the counterclockwise 6+ miles of the full park four times plus the slightly less than two mile loop from the bottom of the park to 72nd St for the 26 miles 385 yards for the 55 finishers of first New York Marathon in 1970.
The marathon still uses the park, but only about half of it for part of the final three miles of the race.
I read somewhere that 20,000 people run in Central Park on an average day. There are days and seasons during the year when that number seems high but other days and times during the year when it is certainly low. I guess that’s what they mean by average.
There are over 30 races in Central Park every year. Most hosted by the New York Road Runners Club and a few by other organizations.
Nearly all have thousands of participants, racing distances ranging from a 1 mile kids race to a 60k ultra marathon. Some with top invited international and American stars, some simply very large competitive local races. Every one a variation in the options for running loops in the park.
I continued running through the park, next past a big open meadow on the left, learning later that it was the 15 acre Sheep’s Meadow.
It has been a historic spot for protests over the past 100 years, up to 30,000 sunbathers on a nice day and 150,000 for a Barbra Streisand concert in the 1960s and yes sheep, from the 1860s until the 1930s.
Adjacent to the finish line of the marathon at Tavern on the Green the meadow also was a post race staging area for a few years.
22 months after my first run in the park I was back here, finishing my first marathon in New York. My last run up the hill to that familiar finish line was 32 years later.
The buildings along the southern edge of the park loom up just a few hundred yards away from the marathon finish. Columbus Circle marks one of the four corners of the park here and is a block from where I lived for 10 years when I finally moved to the city.
Almost every day was a 15 minute walk home from work at MoMA for me, dogs out for a walk and then into the park for an evening run. Sometimes clockwise, up the westside, the opposite direction of my first run.
Often I ran the same counterclockwise direction I was running that night. Across the bottom of the park to the east side, the legendary Plaza Hotel, the Central Park Zoo and the Wollman Skating rink anchoring the corner on that side.
I saw the familiar sign for the Essex House hotel along the way on my first run in the park that night and invariably still take a glance up at it on every run 40 years later.
Turning back north on the east side of the park led me up a gentle hill through dramatic exposed rock outcroppings of Manhattan’s bedrock schist. Apparently something which allowed New York to more easily build foundations for it’s famous skyscrapers over the last century.
I ran past playgrounds, the 100 year old children’s carousel and about a mile beyond Columbus Circle, to the other end of the 72nd St cutoff.
In years ahead it became a familiar corner. Nearby is the start and finish for the New Years Eve 4 mile race in the park, starting at the stroke of midnight with fireworks.
The corner is also near the start of one of the bigger hills in the park, this one known among local runners as “cat hill”. Midway up the 1/4 mile climb is a sculpture of a life sized and menacing mountain lion, seemingly ready to pounce from a natural stone overhang directly over the runner’s lane.
It was too dark to see the cat that night but is familiar enough now. Cat hill is a popular place for training for some of the dozens of running clubs that meet up and use the park for weekly group training sessions.
A couple of minutes more led me past what I didn’t know at the time was the back of the massive Metropolitan Museum of Art. Around it and closer to 5th Avenue for another half mile brought me near a building I did recognize, Frank Lloyd Wright’s landmark cylindrical Guggenheim Museum.
The nearby entrance to the park would become familiar later as the place where the marathon enters the park for the last 2.5 miles of the race headed back in the direction from which I’d just come.
The summer after my first NY marathon and having entering my 2nd, there was a fundraising appeal in my race confirmation. The NYRR was trying to raise money to purchase a six story Beaux Arts townhouse just opposite the Guggenheim for one million dollars.
They were successful and for 36 years it served as headquarters, clubhouse and place to pick up bibs for their many races. It was listed for sale this past year for 25 million dollars as they apparently need something fancier and/or bigger.
Nearby is a statue of the late, charismatic leader of the NYRR, Fred Lebow. His vision arguably responsible for the explosive growth of urban marathons around the world for decades. His likeness stands looking at a stopwatch, appearing to be silently calling out time splits to runners just inside the park.
The entrance of the 1.5 mile long reservoir running path is there too, named for Jacquelin Kennedy Onassis, a nearby resident for decades, she was known to jog on the scenic cinder path and reportedly was even seen wearing long white formal evening dress gloves on cool days.
At the reservoir it felt like I had run between 5-6 miles, I knew it was six around the park but then maybe 10 minutes more to and from my friends place.
I was moving along briskly, feeling good but thinking I should get back but had reached the point where it made more sense to continue on vs. turning back. Maybe three miles to go.
Just 1/4 mile past the flat straight section along the reservoir the drive started down a hill and turned toward the center of the park from the perimeter. I felt a change. There were fewer street lights, less traffic and not as many people around. It all seemed a bit more ominous.
A half mile further brought me to the 2nd cutoff between the east side and the west. This one at 102nd St. It was very dark, narrow and almost foreboding.
In 1989 this section of the park, down the hill from the reservoir to the 102nd St cutoff became notorious as the site of a series of “wilding” gang assaults on a number of runners and pedestrians over one hour on a frightening night that April. It culminated in the vicious assault and rape of the “Central Park jogger” on the cutoff road I was passing.
Even 11 years prior to that night it felt dangerous. Today most runners and running clubs practice a buddy system when running at night in the park as a result of what happened in 1989.
There is a prominent police presence in this area and thankfully crime in the city and the park has declined precipitously too.
In all of my thousands of miles in the park over the years, many at night, I’ve never personally experienced a threat or even witnessed one and I’m grateful for that.
The almost kaleidoscopic park quickly changes again at the far north end. The park drive quickly snakes through a steep S shaped descent with high bluffs overhead on one side and an open high view of Harlem on the other; the Meer waters and the Conservatory Gardens in the foreground.
The far north end of the park remains the most natural with unspoiled ravines, dramatic rock faces, waterfalls and streams all tucked away.
On runs here I’ve seen families of raccoons crossing the road at night and hawks swoop down for unsuspecting squirrels during the day but nothing of the sort on this particular night.
Midway down the hill brought me past a large skating rink outfitted for youth hockey. I learned later that it does double duty as a community pool in the summer.
Now at the north edge of the park I could see into Harlem. I made the turn, running to the west. Just outside the park were dilapidated tire changing shops, gas stations, boarded up windows, burned out cars and a trash can with a makeshift bonfire offering warmth to a few men huddled around.
Continuing on, anticipating a turn to the south to complete my circuit of the park it quickly became evident that I was going to climb a good hill.
Runners in NY refer to this climb with some dread as THE Harlem Hill, it climbs about 150 ft in half a mile and then just as quickly drops down again. I wasn’t far beyond where it leveled out again and suddenly on my right, there it was!
The familiar broken, graffiti covered bench that I’d decided to use as part of my trail of bread crumbs when I entered the park.
Not much had changed on the surface. Traffic had lessened somewhat as the evening rush was concluding. The smells were the same but had become permanently imprinted in my brain vs. something new to experience.
I slowed my pace for the few blocks back toward Broadway and a final right turn north for the last mile up toward Columbia.
After less than an hour on foot I felt like I understood New York to some extent....and I liked it. The prospects for the evening seemed exciting enough when I decided to spend the night but I had no idea.
Even before I finished the run one big thing had changed. I knew or at least hoped that I’d spend part of my life in the city.
My wife, step daughter and I have been fortunate to have lived the last 21 years of our life together in New York and adjacent to Central Park, 10 years on one corner of the park and the last 11 years a few blocks from the far opposite corner. In part, all due to one unforgettable run around Central Park on a cold December night 40 years ago tonight.
(Larry Allen on Running is an exclusive My Best Runs Running News Daily feature. Additionally Larry is doing the Run The World Challenge for the third time.) (12/28/2018) ⚡AMPby Larry Allen
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) ⚡AMPby Bob Anderson
I went out for a slow, difficult three mile run the evening prior to my pacemaker being implanted. My heart, although not functioning properly, was thankfully strong enough for that one last run without artificial help.
My friend, a nurse, probably saved my life by getting me into a walk-in clinic that next morning. Everything went fine and I am now running again but with a pacemaker (recent photo in NY Central Park).
Let me share some advice. There is a fine line between being tired or feeling weak from a hard workout or thinking maybe fatigue or weakness is “just” natural decline with age making things harder vs. something feeling “off” enough to seek help.
It’s a blurry line but I guess my best advice is to be keenly observant of your own physical traits and patterns and when anything falls outside of a normal range for you, again, see someone. I think it’s very important to understand that we aren’t “bullet proof” as runners.
I remember in the 70s Dr. George Sheehan wrote and in lectures said that we, as marathon runners, were essentially immune from having a heart attack. It wasn’t long after that Jim Fixx died of a sudden heart attack while running on an easy training run.
Almost every day when I run in Central Park in NYC I run right by the spot where Ryan Shey died suddenly of an undiagnosed cardiac condition early in the 2007 Olympic Trials Marathon, on a downhill section, it was a cool day and the pace early in the race was conservative (for him).
A friend, physician and Olympic Trials qualifier in the marathon from Maine has a sad but growing list of lifelong runners from northern New England alone that have met similar fates without knowing they had a health issue.
We have to understand that even as very fit runners we are vulnerable, and that goes hand in hand with understanding the importance of listening to your body.We all have to be our own best advocate and our own best piece of medical monitoring equipment.
It’s easier with all of the new technologies however, as runners, we have intuitive ability that puts us in touch with our own bodies. We must listen carefully to all of it and also try to overcome another trait we have as runners, our stubbornness, which can certainly be our strength and our weakness at the same time.
Recovery has been tricky. After my pacemaker was functioning I was diagnosed with intermittent (paroxysmal) Afib which is treatable with medication. At first I didn’t quite understand that Afib progressively becomes more persistent or permanent and that treatment options become less effective or sometimes completely ineffective as it goes along.
I ran again for a bit over a year but my Afib was gradually getting worse and eventually the stronger medications needed weren’t easily tolerable. It got harder to run yet again. My remaining option was a cardiac ablation. After careful consideration I had it done early this past summer.
The good news is that my Afib has not reoccurred since. The bad news is that it’s a lengthy healing process. I am six months into it and have probably walked about 600 miles. I’ve gradually added short stints of jogging into my walks and only recently a few miles of continuous very slow running.
I’m told that it will take perhaps 3-5 months to fully heal and hopefully then I’ll be able to run more normally.
(Larry Allen on Running is a regular MBR feature sharing the wisdom of Larry Allen, a 50 year accomplished runner and artist. He is currently participating in the third Run The World Challenge.) (12/13/2018) ⚡AMP
Full circle. I am becoming Fred Dingley. He was my first cross country coach at Lee Academy way back in 1969.
One late summer day a couple of years ago I headed for my usual early evening run at a favorite trail in Connecticut.
A welcome hint of fall was in the air. Dry, refreshing Canadian high pressure, breezes and gentle fall-like light had crept in for the first time in months, replacing the laser-bright sun and stifling humidity of a hot summer.
The trail I often run extends along the Pequonnock River Valley and the beautiful weather had it abuzz with happy runners, cyclists and walkers, a full house in the parking lot.
At the top of the short hill leading from the lot to the trailhead; 15 young men from a local high-school cross country team gathered, bare-chested, stretching against a rail fence.
The 14 year-old newbie kids tried not to be conspicuous in their very presence but also were clearly checking out their bigger, stronger and more confident 17-18 year-teammates. The older ones innocently full of themselves, utterly oblivious to the younger kids.
They all started running just before I shuffled up onto the trail. Within the first half mile I could already see the smaller, slower runners beginning to fall off the pace.
I caught the first kid soon after. For a minute I was back in the early fall of 1969. My first coach, yes Fred Dingley, was the headmaster of the school.
In his 60s, he ran with the team some days. I was 14, 4’9” and weighed maybe 90lbs. I lacked fitness, confidence or any knowledge whatsoever.
Mr. Dingley caught me a few times in my first few runs that September and always had a word of encouragement as he passed.
He made me feel like if he could run 2-3 miles at his age I damn well could, even when I seriously doubted it two steps prior to him passing and three steps after he went by.
Fred Dingley's teams were a perennial power in Maine. State Champions my first 2 years. My next coach, Howie Richard, led a team to my third championship in 4 years. I was fortunate.
Early that first September I ran my first timed mile in 6:55. I proudly made my way to the top of the Junior Varsity by the end of the year and ran a 5:06 mile.
I won a race the next year and I will never forget being congratulated by the headmaster-coach in the school’s morning announcements.
Mr. Dingley retired a year later and I've always hoped he kept running for years after.
40 odd years later, I ran past the slower runners in the first couple of miles on the trail and made a point of doing what my coach had done; offering a quiet word of encouragement to each kid.
I wondered whether seeing a man in his 60s running by might do for one of them what it did for me years before.
Meanwhile, I also remembered how Howie Richard coached me as as a more accomplished runner 3 years later; he said when passing someone, pick up the pace, go by with certainty and show no sign of exertion, he explained, only slightly in jest, that "it demoralizes them a little and gives you an edge".
Maybe I should regret those ingrained competitive instincts but at more than 4 times the age of most I passed I think I should get a pass (no pun intended) for any insensitivity, real or imagined. I did try offer encouragement but that's a different thing, right? Can you intimidate someone (a little), feel better about your own remaining ability and give encouragement all at the same time? I hope so.
I have no idea whether the team I saw in Connecticut that pre-season evening ended up a top team that year. I was impressed that most of the older kids ran the same 8 miles I did.
Based on those I passed, I remember wondering whether I might still be able to make the JV team of a HS team. In reality the dead sprint at the beginning of a 3mi high-school cross country race would be a big problem.
If I had any hope I’d have to use experience and wisdom (if any) to try and overcome my physical ability with a late charge from behind at the end. The real problem; the youngest and slowest kids I saw were all going to get much faster and stronger in coming months. I would not.
At just past age 60 I was still holding up ok. I could still manage 5-12 miles almost daily. A few longer runs crept below 8 minutes per mile, I even managed a 6:25 mile at the end of one good run. It all took a sudden turn with an unexpected health problem a short time after this particular evening.
Having successfully dealt with my issues I’m again able to run or run/walk for shorter distances on the trail weekly, slower but just as happily. I still see competitive runners and teams, maybe the same ones; a few looking like collegiate runners home for a visit, some likely former undeveloped youngsters but not so much anymore and of course always a new crop of nervous 14 year old prospects.
As for me, maybe I should just be happy being Fred Dingley.
(Editor’s note: Larry Allen on Running is a regular MBR feature sharing the wisdom of Larry Allen, a 50 year accomplished runner and artist. He is currently participating in the third Run The World Challenge.) (11/25/2018) ⚡AMPby Larry Allen
It’s really impossible to pick one race or run as best or most memorable in a 50 years of running. I guess if I had to pick one thing it would come from the occasionally feeling one gets in a run or race, when it’s suddenly well within your ability and training, just effortless and fast, finding yourself perfectly balanced and feeling like you are floating above the ground and periodically reaching down with one foot or the other and giving yourself a little push to maintain your momentum and with little or no limits to how long you could keep it up.
Pure magic and joy whether in a training run or race. At it’s best “that feeling” was somewhat elusive when even a very fit young runner and certainly more so as we age.
There is still a strong pull to get out every day to try and find a glimpse of it regardless of the likelihood that you won’t. I’ve always thought that B.F. Skinner’s psychological studies of the power of variable, unpredictable patterns of reinforcement to modify our behavior were likely at work and I’m good with that.
My running friends and peers of a certain age and vintage share a little joke about the rules of gravity of middle age (and beyond) being clearly quite different than anything Isaac Newton theorized.
(Editor’s note: Larry Allen is a 50 year runner and artist (self portrait). 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. He is also participating for the third time in our Run The World Challenge.) (11/24/2018) ⚡AMPby Larry Allen
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) ⚡AMPby Bob Anderson
of Kenya and training currently in Austin Minnesota won the Anthem Richmond Marathon today Nov 10, while Bose Gemeda Asseta of Ethiopia took an early lead over Midlothian's Keira D'Amato and cruised to victory in the women's race. Kipyego finished in 2:20:44. Second was Lazarus Yego of Kenya. Suleman Abrar Shifa and Abu Kebede Diriba, both of Ethiopia, were third and fourth, respectively, followed by Will Christian of Chesapeake. Assetta finished in 2:39:04. D'Amata was second in 2:40:56. Kate Sanborn of West Point, N.Y., was third, followed by Emily Hulme of Easton, Pa., and Tesfaye Girma of Ethiopa. Boaz Kipyego is also part of the Run The World
Challenge 3 team and is battling for the lead spot having already posted 222.87 miles he has run and logged since Oct 29. (11/10/2018) ⚡AMP
This year's TCS New York City Marthon was terrific. We were at 35k. It was a perfect day, 53 degrees, no humidity and no wind. Mary Keitany was in full flight and incredibly strong. I read later that she ran 15:19 from 35k to 40k. That is a tough section with a mile long uphill on 5th Ave from 110th to the park entrance at 90th and two more hills in the park. Her time for that 5k was faster than the winning time in the pro elite 5k race the day before. Her 1:06:50 for the 2nd half was astonishing. Shalane and Molly looked great at 35k too and they ran close to 1:10 for the 2nd half in their own right. I thought both might make the podium as Cheryiot didn’t look as strong, found out later she was running with a bad hamstring. The men’s race was anything but decided when they came by us. I thought Desisa looked like he was hanging on and I thought Kamworor looked most in command. I saw later that he made a tactical error and ran a very fast mile from 23-24 which is mostly uphill in 4:29 and then slowed in the next mile (which is much less hilly) to 4:45 and that’s where Desisa struck. So inspiring to watch the professionals but I have to say that watching the 52,000+ in the mass field is always deeply moving. We live right on the course so it is a big day in our year. I have such vivid and fond memories of running the race first in 1979 and last in 2011 and countless thousands of training miles on and around the course too. (Editor's note: Larry has been runinng for 50 years. He was inducted into the Maine Running Hall of Fame in 2016. He is an artist and lives in Manhattan and Fairfield County. He is doing the Run The World Challenge for the third time.) (11/07/2018) ⚡AMPby Larry Allen
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) ⚡AMPby Bob Anderson
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
Boaz Kipyego (26) started running in primary school. "I used to ran from home to school to and fro everyday which was almost 12km per day," says Boaz. He then started running at school and they discovered his talent. "I was the best runner in my school. When I finished primary school I got into the secondary school but my parents could not pay my fees and that was the end on my study." Boaz runs two or three times almost every day. In his second Run The World Challenge he has already run and logged 586 miles in 33 days which is ahead of what he did in the first challenge. "My best race was in Des Moines, Iowa in USA in 2016. I successfully won my first race in USA." The local newspaper the next morning wrote, "Boaz Kipyego crossed the finish line of the IMT Des Moines Marathon and just kept running. The Kenyan was so excited about winning his first marathon that he wanted to celebrate in front of many of his new American friends at Cowles Commons. So, draped in a Kenyan flag, he did a victory lap back toward the finish line. "America is fantastic — this is my first time in the U.S. This is my biggest win," Kipyego said after running 2:16:36. Boaz comes from a humble background. "I am training so hard to make my life better and so I can help other kids," he says. "Run the World gives me focus," Boaz says. (10/01/2018) ⚡AMP
Romance got Carmen Gair interested in (and eventually hooked on) running! "At school I was a bookworm, the academic type, not the athletic type and certainly not the running type," remembers 34-year-old Carmen. "That was until I met my high school sweetheart, a very experienced runner. I started tagging along to races with him just to have the chance to socialize with him afterwards." At first she just entered 10K fun runs but that soon changed. "I was soon bitten by the running bug and progressed to the half marathon. The high school romance is now long forgotten but I am still very much in love with running," she says. This love for running is why Carmen Gair entered the Run The World Challenge 2 and has already logged 94 miles in 30 days. Lize Dumon (pictured with Carmen in the white hat), the South African Run The World Challenge team leader told her about the challenge and Carmen signed up right away. Carmen pledged to run and log 25k (15.5 miles) weekly and at this point she has been doing 22 miles weekly. "I wouldn’t dream of not reaching the amount of k’s I pledged," she says. "The Run The World Challenge is fun. I love the social aspect, the people taking part, posting and commenting in the runner feed. And it is very motivating, I’ve certainly increased my usual mileage due to the challenge," says Carmen. Running is a very important part of her life. "At university I discovered just how much I needed regular running to clear my head and keep stress levels in check. To this day I cherish this precious me-time," Carmen says. "I also love the social aspect and the wonderful friends and connections I have made through running." Running keeps her fit, healthy and happy and she says she will continue to run for a long time! Asked about her goals? "At the moment I have got my sights set on running my first full marathon. The Run The World Challenge has contributed to that a lot by significantly increasing my mileage." Her husband and Carmen live high up on a beautiful mountain in a small village near the world famous Kruger National Park in South Africa. "I am a dietitian by profession and like most dietitians I love all things food-related, including cooking and eating," Carmen says. (09/27/2018) ⚡AMPby Bob Anderson
Joel maina Mwangi
was born in a small village of Thika town, about one hour outside of Nairobi, Kenya. Joel says, "I was raised up in a difficult situation. Eating was 50-50 but by the grace of God i was sponsored for secondary education." Today the 33-year-old Joel is married and has two boys. "I always work hard to raise my boys in a good and better environment than i got," he says. "My school was 6km from home and I used to run to school for eight years (6-14) to avoid being late...otherwise I would be punished." In 1998 he took part in a 10000m and won it. "My sport teacher noticed I could run," Joel remembers. "He encourage me to start training and from there I started training every morning before school." He did not stop there. "I was the king of athletics." Joel is now a professional runner. "Racing sustain me and my family. It has enabled me to build a house and travel." Running has given him the opportunity to travel to different countries. "My first trip abroad was to Belgium. i stayed there for one and half month. I had a difficult time because i was not in good condition. I came back home with 10€ ($15). That day I will never forget. I lost money but I learned a lesson." Asked what is his secret to success Joel says, "I believe even if you are in good shape but mentally weak, I will defeat you. So I always tell my running mates to be strong mentally to conquer." He has been training in Austria, Hungary and now Italy. He says this about Italy. "Despite its low altitude I like it. The advantage for me is because I complete in many races and train with Italian runners here." He runs for the Dinamo Running Club. Asked why he joined the Run The World Challenge for a second time. "I like it...it motivates me. It brings runners from different corners of the world together. It helped me a lot this season as I worked more to try to be the leader. But Korir managed to be the leader for Challenge 1. Due to that...I will sponsor Willie Korir for his start number and transport from wherever he will be within Kenya for the 2018 Nairobi marathon," he says. Joel's personal records are: Marathon 2:14, 30kms 1:31, Half Marathon 1:01:16, 10km-28:26 (track), 5km 13:46, 3km 8:07 1-mile 4:06, 1km 2:28. "I am looking forward to be the best of the best. Don't tell me I am getting old..."old is Gold." In the first Run The World Challenge Joel logged 511.36 miles placing him third. So far on Challenge 2 he has logged 224.9 miles and he is in fourth place. Most recently (September 9) he placed third at the Minski Half Marathon
clocking 1:02:55. Photo: Joel (white jersey) running along side Charles Cheruiiyot Toroitich at the 2014 (Half) Marathon Solidarności in Poland. Joel clocked 1:01:16 (09/12/2018) ⚡AMP
Linda Sereno grew up with two older and two younger brothers. "I copied them, playing football, baseball and basketball. Later my oldest brother helped me take on running. I loved it," Linda says. "In high school, we had a fund raising event for our band to go to Ireland to compete in the Saint Patrick's Day parade in Dublin. We were sponsored for each lap we could run/walk in two hours," Linda remembers. She never stopped running for 2 hours and did 52 laps around the quarter mile track. "I love running, especially on trails, up and down mountains. I love the wind, the animals, and the scenery. I think, I space out, and I dream on those runs. I find my inner peace out in the mountains," she says. Asked about what is her secret to her success. "I think it's important to keep your core strong, stretch daily, and do strength exercises. I use my body weight to improve muscle tone rather than using weights. I do push ups, sit ups, planks, burpees, squats lunges, and stretches," 58-year-old Linda Sereno says. She tries to run three times per week, two days of track workouts and one long run." Last year she finished a 50 miler. "I was the second woman overall on a challenging hilly race with 9,500 feet of elevation change. Another challenge I accomplished was Boston to Big Sur. I wondered if I would have the endurance to complete both marathons without any injuries, and I did in 2011. The times were not exceptional, but I was pleased to have accomplished my goal," she says. Her husband, Kirk, is a surfer. He was a competitive swimmer and diver in high school and community college. Her daughter, Amy, is a successful runner and is an assistant coach at a local community college. Linda is currently a 1st/2nd grade Dual Immersion teacher, teaching English and Spanish. Why did she enter the Challenge for a second time. "Run the World Challenge can help motivate many people become more active in order to fulfill a global goal," Linda says. Linda has already posted 51 miles for this challenge. She also has run a lot of Double Racing Events. One of her best performances at age 55 was clocking 1:04:04 for the Pacific Grove Double Road Race 15k in 2015. She clocked 43:40 for the 10K leg and 20:23 for the 5k leg. This was age-graded at 87.07%. Photo: Linda with a dear friend and running buddy Lidia Santos (09/11/2018) ⚡AMPby Bob Anderson
Running is very important to 48-year-old Marnie Margolis from Winnipeg, Canada. The mother of two (17 and 16), works at Bayer Healthcare and says, "I used to consistently power walk and do treadmill workouts. The workouts started getting easier and I was going longer. I then started adding inclines." Then one day a friend invited her to join her on a 5 mile run outside. "I said I would try," she remembers. "It went very well and there has not been any looking back. Before I turned 40 I decided it would be my goal to do a half marathon." That hooked her into the marathon world and participating in running events. How important is running to her? "It's just a given. It's part of my routine. It's the time where I can think and enjoy some quiet time. It also gives me a great outlet where I can have control, make goals and feel some accomplishment. It keeps me healthy and happy," she says. In the 2017 Manitoba Marathon Marnie was the 20th female to finish the full marathon and first in her age group. "In 2018 I ran in the infamous Boston Marathon- torrential downpour, 35 mph winds and 33 degrees. It was the first time I had traveled to participate in a marathon and it was an amazing experience," Marnie says. What does she think is the secret to her success? "I think consistency. It's just something I schedule in. I balance it with with circuit workouts and that has helped me be stronger and eliminate soreness post long runs. I don't always love running during, but once I cross the finish line or complete my run I can't wait to go again." This is Marnie's second Run The World Challenge. "I think the RTW challenge offers another fun way to enjoy the sport with other like minded runners. It's been great to focus on helping the team achieve the goal and it's really motivating to check the feed and see all the runners posting photos across the world in amazing spots and sharing their stories," Marnie Margolis says. She does try to get her kids to run with her but at least for now they are more into hockey, football and basketball. On September 9th she ran a 30K race on a tough day (wind and rainy) and finished in 2:28:21 which by the way is 7:59/mile pace. Marnie has logged in 76 miles for the Run The World Challenge 2 since August 29 which is good enough for fourth female. (09/10/2018) ⚡AMPby Bob Anderson
Rosaline Nyawira started running at an early age of eight in primary school. She started out as a sprinter running the 80m and100m. "Later my talent was polished by my games teacher and I also ran 200m and 400m," Rosaline says. "After finishing my secondary education, I improved my personal bests to 12sec in 100 and 24sec in 200m," she says. Later in 2016 she moved from the track to the road. Rosaline says, "To me, running is my full time career that keeps me motivated, focused, refreshed and healthy. Apart from running, I have an idea of starting my own business once I have enough capital." But right now she's focused on racing. She says, "I always train hard and smart to win easy. I am always focused and I avoid anything that can lead me to fail." Asked why she joined the Run The World Challenge. She says, "I think It's the best group to join because it encourage and motivate my career. Actually it's the best global group to join and learn as I socialize with my fellow athlete's around the globe." Rosaline is a Kenya athlete living and training in Durban, South Africa currently. She has run a 34:30 10K and a 1:10:45 half marathon. On September 2 she ran her first full marathon clocking 2:49 on a tough course. (09/10/2018) ⚡AMPby Bob Anderson
Gloria Nasr was always active as a kid growing up in Lebanon. She did Kung Fu, worked out at the gym and did bodybuilding. "Upon arriving in Paris in 1995, I started riding my bike about 50k (31 miles) per day," Gloria remembers. "Then one day in 2002, a friend who wanted to lose weight asked me to accompany her for a jog. It was love at first sight and since then I have not stopped," she says. "Running is an integral part of my life. It's my moment of relaxation where I find myself within myself." As soon as she started running, she had a dream of running from her adopted country France to her homeland in Lebanon. A Transcontinental race of 4150km. "I realized this dream in 2013," Gloria says. She ran 50km a day across nine countries for three months and 10 days. "Those were the three most beautiful months of my life." She has also participated five times in the Marathon des Sables of Morocco. This is a six-day 156 mile ultra marathon which has been called the toughest foot race on earth. Gloria says, "I am currently preparing a new challenge, a transcontinental race from Paris to Beijing a distance of 10000km (6,214 miles).” Asked what is her secret to success, she says, “I always say that the most important thing is envy. with envy, courage, perseverance we can succeed many things. I also do not put pressure on training and despite my love for running, I keep a certain distance. I do not have an addiction to running." So why did she join our Run The World Challenge? "It's great to bring runners together from around the world." Gloria is a doctor, PMR, physical medicine and rehabilitation. She is French Lebanese, living in Paris. The 48-year-old has run 40:27 for 10K, 1:24 for 20k, 1:34 half marathon and 3:14 for the marathon. (09/09/2018) ⚡AMPby Bob Anderson
Michael Wardian woke up one day and decided to go after a record set in 1976. He left Cumberland, Maryland at 5am Saturday morning September 1st. A little more than an hour ago he finished running the entire C&O Canal Trail (184.5 miles) that goes through Maryland and ends at Rock Creek Parkway in Washington DC. The trail surfaces are crushed stone, dirt and gravel. The record he wanted to beat was set by Park Barner in 1976 when Park clocked 36 hours, 48 minutes, 14 seconds. Michael clocked 36 Hours 36 Minutes 3 seconds today which is an average of 11:55 per mile. He had to also deal with temperatures that reached over 90 degrees. This one run also takes him to the top of the Run The World Challenge 2 leader board which he is also participating in that started August 29. Enough miles to circle the globe are being logged by 175 Runners from around the world. (09/02/2018) ⚡AMP
, amazing ultrarunner, is going for the FKT - fastest known time - on the entire C&O canal, that’s 184.5 miles. He left Cumberland at 5am this morning Saturday September 1st. At 8:15pm (EST) he has completed 85 miles and has 100 miles to go. Photo was taken at Fort Fredricks (70 + miles). You can follow Michael by clicking on the link (the title). He is running the entire C&O Canal that goes through Maryland and ends at Rock Creek Parkway in Washington DC. The trail surfaces are crushed stone, dirt and gravel. The record he wants to beat was set by Park Barner in 1976 clocking 36 hours, 48 minutes, 14 seconds. Michael is also part of the Run The World Challenge 2 Team. Go Michael! We are all behind you! (09/01/2018) ⚡AMP
73-year-old Sheldon Gersh partiicipated in the first Run The World Challenge and has taken on the second one too. The Senior Vice President at Morgan Stanley has worked there for 47 years, he loves to travel with his wife and one thing he always finds time to do is run. So how did it all begin? He played soccer for Oregon and running was a necessity to survive the miles covered in practices and games. "In the off season I would run to stay fit," says Sheldon. "Once college was completed, I knew that I was going into the army and I needed to be very fit." He handled army training well and says "it was a piece of cake." The summer before he entered the army, he ran with a high school cross country team which was ranked number one that year. "I ran the years I was in the Army, including my adventure in Vietnam." Once he left the army he continued to run. "It made me feel so good. I thought about playing adult soccer but it was such a hastle to get together a team." At the same time he had a friend that made him a bet that he had to finish in the top half and under an hour in his first Bay to Breakers road race in San Francisco. "I ran almost everyday plus played soccer with a team I coached," he remembers. "I won the bet." For Sheldon running has the same priority as eating and sleeping. "Most people don’t look at it that way but I do. Running is extremely important to me, not much can prevent me from doing it, definitely not the weather," he says. Two highlights? Running the Boston marathon back in the 70's and placing in the top 100 at the Bay to Breakers (12k) clocking 43 minutes. He also says, "I had a goal when I turned 60 to run a mile under six minutes. A friend, Rich stiller trained me." Sheldon ran 5:47. He wants to continue running forever but says he "doesn't want to overdo it. I just think running makes you feel better. I look at so many people who look and act much older than me. I feel like they are my parents," he says. He keeps fit by doing more than one activity a day. He also swims, does boxing and spins. "My long term goal is to continue running forever," says Sheldon Gersh. (08/31/2018) ⚡AMPby Bob Anderson
I have been running since 1962 and I needed some motivation. I am participating in the Run The World Challenge 2 event that started August 29. I did the first one that started July 4 and I ran an average of 5.1 miles per day for 37 days. Before this I was doing about three miles per day. That got me in better shape for Challenge 2. On day 2 of Run The World Challenge 2 I just ran more miles in one day than I have in probably two years. I just completed 13.21 miles broken up into three parts. I did an easy two mile warm-up and then stopped for a light lunch (bowl of tomato soup and a roll). After about a half hour break I ran 7.39 miles at 8:52/mile pace running the last mile just under 8 minutes. I then drank a bottle of water and changed my shirt. After about twenty minutes I ran 3.82 miles at 9:14/mile pace. I started off really slow and picked it up. Why am I tell you all of this? Because today I would have most likely have run only two to three miles easy but since I am doing the Run The World Challenge 2 I did this instead. I did it for me and our team. The mission behind the Challenge is to celebrate running, inspire others, complete the challenge of logging enough miles to circle the globe and to motivate team members. I can say without hesitation that I was motivated today solely because of the Run The World Challenge. But you draw your own conclusion. I am the team caption. I am the guy who came up with the idea. I have run over 1000 races and have probably run over 75,000 miles. I founded and published Runner's World magazine for 18 years. I have been around running for a long time. If you are looking for something to help motivate you, this would be a good event to get involved with. There are single virtual events but nothing like what we are doing. This is a team event. It takes a big team (no bigger than 175). The team also needs to run and log miles in at least ten different countries and have runners in all age groups from 17 and under to 70 plus. I am 70-years-old and the Run The World Challenge 2 has me so motivated. I run for me but it feels good to also be doing it for the team as well. (Photo one of Bob Anderson fav places to run is in Paris. This photo taken two years ago.) (08/30/2018) ⚡AMPby Bob Anderson
For the first half of Joyce Lee's life, the only sports she did was swimming and gymnastics. "I never would have thought in a million years I would come to enjoy running," says 37-year-old Joyce. In college she spent her summers teaching private swim lessons. "I needed another form of exercise, so I turned to running since it seemed like a simple way of getting in some cardio. I didn't own any running sneakers so I just wore my gym shoes and set out to run for an hour in my hilly neighborhood. I had no idea how far I went, or what my pace was; the goal was to just keep moving," she remembers. At first she was only using running to stay fit but that changed. "Running has been a multi-faceted way to maintaining my overall physical, mental and emotional health. Getting the heart pumping has an amazing way to bringing issues to the front of mind for me, and allowing for some creativity to work its magic. I am able to sort out problems, formulate new ideas and work through painful patches of my life. Running has become an essential part of my life," Joyce says. On Juanurary 1, 2013 she decided she would run at least a mile every day for a year. "I often like to fly by the seat of my pants and live with little planning, so this presented a very interesting challenge for me. Any sensible person would carve out time in their morning, wake up early and fit their daily run then, but that wasn't me. In my first year, I flew over 75,000 miles across the Pacific and around the country for business, weddings and of course a handful of road races. The time zone changes, fatigue from travel, unpredictable weather, lack of facilities required me to get very creative with how I would fit my mileage in. I have run on a cruise ship track, airport terminals, stairs, and even a hotel hallway on my birthday at midnight. I am now into my sixth year of running every single day," she says with pride. She likes the idea of the Run The World Challenge and this is why she signed up. "It is a wonderful way for runners near and far to work together as a team, joined by their passion, to work towards a common goal. This is an awesome way for runners to socialize online and cheer each other on," says Joyce. Recently she placed first in the 50 mile Run De Vous Ultra. "I was adequately heat trained from having served as crew and pacer at the Badwater 135 Ultramarathon in Death Valley, I was able to successfully run the entire 50 mile distance. The heat reached as high as 101 degrees in Morgan Hill (California), but I was able to outrun the second place runner by over two hours. It felt incredible to cross the finish as first overall winner rather than first female, something I never imagined I'd ever experience. I'll never forget it," she says. Some of her PR's include 20:02 for 5K, 1:34:20 for the half, 3:27:20 for the marathon and 29:41:23 for 100 miles. (08/29/2018) ⚡AMPby Bob Anderson
Pete Magill (bib 105) has always loved to run. "It was my favorite part of sports, whether I was playing kickball, football, or actually running a race," says Pete. When he went to high school, it was no surprise that he decided to go out for cross country. "I caught the bug. I was a runner. And once a runner, always a runner," he says. Running is important for Pete in its own unique way. "It’s obviously a huge part of my life. Not only do I run every day (sometimes twice a day) when I’m in a competition mode, but it’s a big part of how I make my living. I write about running, both in magazines and books. And I coach runners, ranging in age and distance from high school sprinters to senior marathoners," Pete says. Running isn’t simply a daily habit for Pete like taking out the trash or paying bills either. "It’s its own thing. It’s the time of day when I set the rest of life aside and simply enjoy being alive," explains Pete. When he was in his 30's he was living an out-of-control life. "It was running that rescued me, that centered me, and that has allowed me to live a productive and sane life in my 40s and 50s." He has written four running books. "I strive to give the reader accurate, up-to-date, and useful information. And I try to debunk all the false information that gets in the way of smart, informed training and racing." He made his living as a screenwriter for much of his 30s, and he learned to make every line count. "I try to bring that to my running books. Every line should tell the reader something. Every paragraph should present some fresh idea with research or personal experience to back it up." His new book, SpeedRunner, is about the components of basic speed, strength, and agility. It explains how runners generate all three and the best way to train in order to improve them. "My next book is titled, Fast 5K: 25 Keys to Your Best Race, and it tells the reader everything I know about training and racing for the 5K." He thinks all runners should create a smart training plan, and then follow it. "That’s easier said than done. For starters, simply redoing a training program you’ve done before isn’t a “smart plan.” Every time we start training, we begin from a different point. We’re older. Or our fitness isn’t the same. Or we simply trained incorrectly in the past and need to steer a different course this time around." I asked Pete why he entered the Run The World Challenge. "I think that Bob Anderson has once again hatched an idea that only improves the world of running—the runner’s world, if you will. The key to any good idea is that it be easy to understand, so that participants can clearly see what their contribution will be. A goal of compiling enough miles to run around the world? Yep, that fits the bill! And having runners from all age groups and requiring that miles from some team members be logged in different countries? Again, this is a truly great idea for helping to solidify the community of runner. Count me in,” says Pete.Here are of few of Pete’s career highlights: 2016 Inductee: USATF (USA Track & Field) Masters Hall of Fame. Fastest-ever American age 50+ at 5K (15:01) and 10K (31:11); 2nd fastest for Half Marathon (1:10:19); 14:45 5K at age 49 a world record. His list of achievements is massive. His knowledge of running, his passion for the sport and his achievements sets him apart but yet 57-year-old Pete Magill is always there ready to share all his secrets to help others achieve their goals. (08/28/2018) ⚡AMPby Bob Anderson
"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 ('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
won the Boston Marathon
twice. He was leading the 1983 New York City Marathon at 26 miles until Rod Dixon caught him and Geoff finished just seconds behind. After taking a break from running due to some injuries, Geoff has now run every day recently passing 700. While doing the first Run The World Challenge he nearly doubled his regular mileage. That team logged in 24,901 miles in 36 days 23 Hours 13 Minutes. That’s enough miles to circle the globe. “We are putting together our second team now and we hope to finish in 30 days,” Bob Anderson Run The World team Caption says. Miles on the first team were run in 30 countries. Youngest on the team was age 11 and the oldest was 82. Team members logged in as many as 798 miles to as few as 3. “I increased my average weekly miles from 20 to 35,” says 70-year-old Bob Anderson. “The Run The World Challenge just gives more purpose to run a few more miles everyday,” he says. There are a few more spots available. You can continue with your regular routine and just take another minute or so to log in your miles on your My Best Runs account. “I am looking forward to doing this challenge again,” says Geoff Smith. Runners of all ages and abilities and throughout the world have already signed up. How about you? Use this link to sign up: https://mybestruns.com/goal.php Join Geoff, Dave, Bob, Lize, Aaron, Owen, Lisa, Becca... (08/24/2018) ⚡AMPby Bob Anderson
RUN THE WORLD CHALLENGE: 41-year-old Victor Reynoso loves to run and to run races. He logged 157 miles in the first challenge and is anxious to get started again and do more. He is a single dad with a 8-year-old daughter. "She is very smart and is my world, motivation and my little teacher," Victor says. Victor started running in 2000. He was invited to run with a group at the company and he got hooked right away. He says, "Running makes me happy." He is an apprentice electrician, owns his own house and, "I love to spend my time off with my daughter and make new friends and share how I happy I am." His range of distances starts with the 5k and goes up to 50k. His PR for 5k is 17:49, Half is 1:24, Full 3:10:57 and 50k is 4:11:08. On July 28th he finished second overall and first master at the Urban ICT 50K posting his PR. That is 8:05/mile pace. What is his secret? "When your legs can't run anymore, run with your heart." Run The World Challenge 2 starts August 29. (08/22/2018) ⚡AMPby Bob Anderson
RUN THE WORLD CHALLENGE: Asya Cabral discovered running in junior high when she joined the Track & Field team. "I was a sprinter and ran the 100 and 200 meter dash, 4x100 meter relay, and did the long jump. Although much different from the endurance running I do now, I enjoyed training and competition," says 45-year-old Asya. She lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and has been running for 13 years. The former sprinter has since run eight marathons and 18 half marathons. One of her running highlights was qualifying for the 2017 Boston Marathon at the Chicago Marathon. "Chicago was my fourth marathon, but first one I trained to Boston Qualify. I needed a 3:45:00 and ran a 3:33:41," she says. "When I ran my first marathon in 2014, I never envisioned being able to Boston Qualify. That 3:34 seemed so unreachable at the time," Asya continued. Running holds a special place in her heart and is a priority. "I'm a better person because of my running. It teaches me life lessons. Running is my quiet time with God where I gain wisdom and strength for my day. I use those lessons to motivate, encourage and inspire others to pursue their dreams and help them believe in what seems impossible." Her secret to success? "is to stay humble and realize that my strength, my health, any accomplishment, my ability to work hard, and each breath I take is a gift from God. I don't take these things for granted because they can be taken away at any time," she says. Asya was on the first Run the World team, she was 7th female and logged in 208.27 miles within the 36 days 23 hours and 13 minutes it took the team of 175 to log 24,901 miles. "I think the Run the World Challenge is fun, motivational and inspiring. Participating in the last challenge showed me just how much it has encouraged people to run more miles than they have been. It's also a nice way to learn about and communicate with runners all over the world," Asya says. The next Run The World Challenge starts August 29. (08/21/2018) ⚡AMPby Bob Anderson
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. An active team can have a maximum of 175. (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
RUN THE WORLD: Henry Ward has been sober since November 17, 2008 and after his son was born in March of 2012 he noticed he was becoming squirrelly. "Even though I wasn't drinking or using," Henry says. "I became restless. Sort of like a dry drunk. I knew I needed to do something." He was going to visit a friend and Henry asked what they were going to do. "My friend was thinking about running a 8k race. He said he would run if I did. I said sign me up! I didn't even know how far an 8k was," Henry remembers. "I hated every step of that race, and vowed never to run again. Every time a runner past me, I was angry. I honestly wanted to trip or elbow all runners I saw. But when I finished, I received a glass medallion. I also had a feeling that I will never forget. A feeling of accomplishment, and happiness, that prompted me to seek out another race as we drove back to my friend's house." Henry signed up for another 5k the following weekend and then a 4 miler. He was hooked. Henry is from Boston and currently lives in Tempe, Arizona. He is married and has a 6-year-old son. "Family is always first, running comes second," he says. He is a chef by trade. "I get to sweat, lift things and log 30,000 steps at work alone! Plus eat! I love to eat. I eat 4000 calories a day," Henry says. "I run to survive, to help me deal with life on life's terms. When I run and exercise I feel alive and it helps my day flow. If I didn't find running I would be a neurotic mess." He loves how he feels during and after running. "The Runner's high, and endorphin kick was like no other. I am thankful that I found running, and it has changed my life for the better. Not only does it keep me sober and it helps me feel balanced," he says. He believes that anyone can change, if they want to. "If I can change, anyone can! I have come along way, but know that I still have a lot of work to do on my personal character defects." He moved up from the 5K to doing ultras. In 2017 he completed the 250K six day stage race, 4deserts Patagonia. In 2018 he did the Boston Quad which is running the Boston Marathon four consecutive times. "The official marathon was number four. We had snow, freezing rain, 50 mile an hour winds and torrential downpours," Henry says. He wants to help inspire others and motivate many along the way. That is one of the reasons he joined the Run The World Challenge. "I think the 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." He has two 100 mile races coming up and he hopes to qualify for the 2019 Badwater 135 race in death valley. (08/01/2018) ⚡AMPby Bob Anderson
RUN THE WORLD: Malin Andersson has been running with her parents since she could walk. "My brother and I biked next to my parents while they ran, then we started running with them and later they were biking next to us while we were running," says 31-year-old Malin who lives outside of Stockholm, Sweden. She is co-owner of an important running website. "World's Marathons is an international marketplace for running events. We help bring more international runners to running events," she says. "We are driven by a team of dedicated tech and business talents based out of Sweden with offices in Lisbon and Jamaica." She says she runs today just for herself to take good care of herself. "I get energy spreading through my entire body when I run. I love running mostly without feeling any pressure of having to perform," she says. "At this point, I am not clocking myself since I am high performing in my business projects. I enjoy running and love being out on the trails in the Swedish woods. The Swedish woods is one of my favorite place to run." “Malin and I met in Paris in May,” says Bob Anderson. “We decided to work together on several running related projects (My Best Runs and World’s Marathons).” They did not talk about the Run The World Challenge because it had not been "born" yet. "I think it is amazing how Bob Anderson have made Run The World Global Run Challenge happen in such a short time and being able to set this up with all these enthusiastic passionate people joining," Malin says. (Photo taken during a meeting in Paris May 2018. Malin, Jean-Loup Fenaux (founder of Ahotu - an important running website) and Bob Anderson. Earlier Malin and Bob met up with Paris Running Tours and ran from Notre Dame to the Eiffel Tower. (07/31/2018) ⚡AMPby Bob Anderson
RUN THE WORLD: "Running is my social network. Pretty much everyone that I'm connected to I met through running," says Dave Ross. But it didn’t start this way. As a kid he was pretty much a nerd, very shy and definitely a bookworm, not athletic at all. "I turned out for the cross country team my freshman year of high school to make friends," he says. He ended up being a four year letterman in cross country and team captain his senior year and was awarded a scholarship to run cross country in college. Running has remained a major part of his life. "I don't think that I'd miss training if I couldn't run, but I'd definitely miss racing. Running is an outlet for my highly competitive personality. I love racing and watching others race. My knowledge of the sport gives me access to getting hired to help with commentary for some of the best races and track meets in the world," says Dave. In 1996 he ran 2:36:57 at the Portland Marathon training 50 miles weekly. Some of Dave's best times include 15:35 5K, 53:54 10 miles, and 1:12:57 for the half marathon. Dave works for Kaiser Permanente in the Portland area. He has two grown children. "My wife Stephanie (also a runner) and I live in Beaverton, Oergon and we do a lot of our running around Nike World Headquarters." I asked him about the present running scene in the US. "I think that it's on a pretty impressive upswing. Now that there is drug testing that's leveling the international playing field Americans are more competitive than ever," he says. "Folks are catching on and following the idea of structured training groups. The Bowerman Track Club, The Nike Oregon Project and groups like the Brooks Hansons are leading the way in American development." So why did Dave join our Run The World Challenge? "I think that it's a cool idea. It's neat to see so many people come together toward a common goal," Dave commented. (07/31/2018) ⚡AMPby Bob Anderson
Day 27 of of Run The World Global Run Challenge is coming to an end soon. Our Mission is to celebrate running, motivate our team, inspire others and reach our goal. As of right now our team has logged in 17,432 miles. Our team ranging in age from 11 to 82 have run miles in 29 different countries. 26-year-old Willie Korir from Kenya has logged in the most miles with 553.18. The top American is 74-year-old Frank Bozanich who has logged 407 miles. Jen Bayliss (US) is the top female with 265.24 miles. Grace Padilla (also 47) is close behind with 238.99 miles. 74 of our team has hit the magic number, which is to log in 100 or more miles in 30 days and we have ten more who can reach that goal too. The 5 mile a day average (which is 150 miles in 30 days) already has 34 in that group and another ten can achieve that mark as well. There are a lot of stats to look at and we will share more later. I am so proud of what our team has achieved. There are so many wonderful inspiring stories to tell. Our Run The World feed and our My Best Runs profile tell just some of the stories. Many more to tell. The big question is, are we going to make our goal? We still could, but 30 days is up at the end of day Thursday. In any case, we are going to reach our goal. It could take us 40 days but we are going to do it. Once we hit our goal we will record the days, hours and minutes (based on PDT) that it took us. This will be the standard that we will go after on our next Run The World Challenge starting August 29. In fact it would be fun to have two teams to challenge each other. In any case, we are going to run a celebration lap (about 400m) this Sunday at our Golden Gate Double 8K and Ujena 5k/3k event. It will be right before our awards. We still need 7,477 miles to reach our goal. Sounds like a big number by end of day Thursday or even by Sunday but I am hopeful. Thanks for your support. Bob Anderson
, Run The World Challenge Team Leader. (07/30/2018) ⚡AMPby Bob Anderson
RUN THE WORLD: Courtney Heiner didn't make the high school basketball team, so she decided to do track instead. "I started off as a 300 meter hurdler my sophomore year," says Courtney. "By my senior year, I started to really have a passion for running." Her coach convinced her to run cross country the fall of 2008. "That season we made it to the California State meet with only five varsity runners. It was definitely an experience that I will never forget," she remembers. She later met Jeanette Powless, the women’s distance coach at American River College. "Jeanette really took me under her wing and showed me how to steeplechase. After two years at American River, Jeanette helped me get a scholarship to Cal State Stanislaus and put me in contact with coach Taylor. "There she became a five time All American and a National Champion in the women's 1500m. Now Courtney nuns for the Strava Track Club coached by Dena Evans. " Dena is always so positive and we both know there’s more in the tank. Hopefully, over this next year I can work hard to get one step closer to my goals." Running is extremely important to her however, "I think its always important to maintain a balance. During heavy training blocks I run six days a week. I almost always take Sundays off. This helps me recover physically and mentally for the week," she says. I asked her what is her goal? "My ultimate running goal would be to qualify for USA Outdoor Championships in the steeplechase. There’s no doubt that it seems like a lofty goal, and sometimes it feels so far out of reach, but if you don’t dream big, then you miss out on a lot of incredible opportunities along the way. "Besides running and coaching she also works full time at her family business, they pretty much put a logo on anything. "It’s called A4 Promotions and we specialize in branded merchandise," she says. Courtney and her husband also enjoy spending time in the mountains. So why did she join this challenge? "The Run the World Challenge is so cool and its really neat to be apart of it. It’s so unique and that’s what really attracted me to it. Its incredible to bring runners together to run 24,901 miles collectively. It’s been awesome to read about other runners and their story." (07/28/2018) ⚡AMPby Bob Anderson
RUN THE WORLD: "Running is my life and who I am," says 44-year-old Michael Wardian. "I love running and hope to run till my last days." Michael started running after he stopped playing Lacrosse in college to stay in shape.
He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and two children. Michael has accomplished so much. In 2008 he won the US National 100K championships. In 2006 he won four out of five marathons he raced in 45 days.
He held the world record for the fastest marathon time pushing a baby stroller. He set a record of running a marathon on an indoor 200-meter track. He ran the 2012 Olympic Marathon trails clocking 2:21.
The next day he ran another marathon clocking 2:31. He ran seven marathons in seven days on 7 continents clocking an average of 2:45 for each marathon (photo). With so many highlights on his resume, I asked him what would be his top two.
"In 2011 I ran 2:17:49 (PR) at Grandmas Marathon and the same year I placed second at 100k World Championships," Michael said. He is a vegetarian and works as an International Ship-broker.
How about injuries? "I have been very lucky, I have not had many injuries and I think my best secret is to keep moving. After big events, I do an easy jog, hike or even just walk. It keeps everything moving," says Michael.
Why did he enter this challenge? "I think the Run The World Challenge is cool and I hope it gets more people out there," he says.
He is a professional marathon and ultra marathon runner and has been running since 1996. He has represented the USA in the 50k and 100k world championships, and has participated in three Olympic Marathon Trials.
Just recently (July 20-21) Michael placed 11th at the Hardrock 100 clocking 30 hours and 23 minutes for the 100.5 mile very challenging trail race held in Silverton, Colorado. (07/24/2018) ⚡AMPby Bob Anderson
RUN THE WORLD: Roger Wright's father ran the 1969 Boston Marathon
when Roger was seven." When I turned 47, even though I could only run 10 yards, I set a goal of running the 2009 Boston Marathon," says Roger. Starting around the age of 10 or 11 he discovered that he was fat. "As my age increased, so did my weight and by the time I reached 40, I was over 300 lbs at 5'6" tall," he says. "I tried everything to lose weight (diets, going to a gym, weight watchers, etc) but didn't have the discipline to stay with it. My doctor suggested surgery but fortunately I decided against it at the last minute." Ten months after setting the goal to run Boston he lost 120 pounds and ran all 26.2 miles of Boston "without walking one step." Two days before the marathon he made a Cystic Fibrosis (a disease his niece Julia suffers from) fund raising video. "The video got reposted/renamed "The Most Inspiring Video You Will Ever Watch" and ended up going viral (9 millions views right now) and people started recognizing me. I happened to see Meb Keflezighi at the 2013 Boston Marathon expo, he looked at me and said "I know you! You're the guy from the video!". I still smile thinking about that, and everyone else who has reached out and thanked me for being an inspiration," says Roger. This recognition has helped him keep his weight in check. "If I put the weight back on," says Roger, "I fear people might use me as an excuse to never start losing weight so I continue to run marathons all over the world (58 full marathons in nine years) to set a positive example that you can change and make it permanent." Why did Roger join this challenge? "Like a marathon, I constantly seek out challenges to stay in shape and push myself harder. For the Run The World Challenge, I gave Bob a commitment of 35 miles per week. Being a part of the team pushes me harder and so far I have maintained an average of 50 miles per week. When I decided to change my life 10 years ago, it was incredibly hard, but each day I push myself a little harder to maybe make a small difference while I can," says Roger. (07/23/2018) ⚡AMPby Bob Anderson
RUN THE WORLD: “When I was a junior high school student, I was a baseball player,“ says 37-year-old Sam Tada. But one of his teachers thought he had ability for running and he brought him to a track race. “It was a 1500m,” Sam remembers. He ran 5min flat finishing third. “This was my start of my running career here in Japan,” he says. Sam has raced in five countries and has run a 2:24 Marathon. While living in the United States for several years he ran many races including the Double Road Race 15k placing in the top three regularly. Sam and his family moved back to Japan about two years ago. “In Japan, there is big popularity in relay marathon events called ‘Ekiden’. Ekiden is so big in Japan and I love it as well,” says Sam. Why did Sam join this challenge? “The Run The World Challenge is a great idea. It connect runners and it motivates each other global wide.” His plans for the future is to stay competitive in his age category. (07/21/2018) ⚡AMPby Bob Anderson
The Run The World Global Run Challenge team has logged in 8,138 miles so far which is almost a third of the way around the world in the first 14 days. These miles have been run in 21 countries. The top ten counties based on miles logged are: 1. USA 2. Kenya 3. India 4. South Africa 5. Great Britain 6. Canada 7. Palau 8. Mexico 9. Japan 10. Costa Rica. “We wanted this to be a Global event and that is what it has become,” says Bob Anderson
who created the event. 70-year-old Bob Anderson has logged in 76 miles himself since the start date of July 4. “Our Mission is to celebrate running, motivate our team, inspire others and complete our goal of logging 24,901 miles, the distance around the world in as few days as possible with a team no bigger than 200,” says Bob. Photo: Grace Padilla training at Mammoth Lakes, California last week and logging her miles in for the RUN THE WORLD Challenge. (07/17/2018) ⚡AMP
RUN THE WORLD: Running is a major part of Paul Shimon's life. "I hate being injured," Paul says. But he doesn't stop. "I try to limp along furthering my injury but mentally I am more adjusted! I get depressed if I can't run." He also loves to read historical running stories and check out results from the past. He has a good take on the sport. " I make sure to run in tough conditions so ordinary days are a snap and a treat," he says and he feels that, "training tough makes racing easy." He got interested in running in grade school in 1954. "I watched Roger Bannister on tv set the mile record and I was hooked," he remembers. Paul's marathon PR is 2:30.12 clocked at the third Olympiad Marathon in St. Louis. He has run 135 marathons. Some other PR's include 4:26 for the mile, 14:34 for 5k, and 33:30 for 10k. "I got to run in the San Blas International Marathon (Puerto Rico) back in the early 70"s. Roberto Clemente's (famous baseball player) mother gave out the awards to the top 50 and I was lucky enough to receive one," he says. Paul is married with a son and daughter. He is still teaching APE (Adapted Physical Education) and this will be his 49th year. Why did he sign up for the Run The World Challenge? "I love this challenge. It is getting me to run more and I already feel a higher level of conditioning. I am quicker to get out the door too," Paul says. (07/17/2018) ⚡AMPby Bob Anderson
RUN THE WORLD: Elliot Daniels started running when he was nine years old. "I went to a parent participatory school starting in 4th grade. My dad participated by helping out with my school's running club. I decided to join the club just for fun and for something to do after school. For most kids, it was a way to pass time. For me, it became something I took seriously," says Elliot. Running is not the most important thing in his life, "but with long term olympic goals and short term high school state champion goals, running is very important to me," he says. Two things really stand out for Elliot. When he was 10-years-old he set the world record for that age-group in the half marathon (1:29:14). Secondly was when his high school cross country season started. He has had a lot of sucess already and he shares this advice. " Enjoy running, begin running with low mileage and very slowly build the intensity of your running and mileage. Do not be discouraged by others or by a lousy performance and most importantly, remember to consistently train hard and smart." Is there a secret to Elliot's sucess? "I do not believe there is any trick or secret to succeeding in running. You must simply train hard and smart and never give up," Elliot says. Why did he join the Run The World Challenge Team? "I think this challenge is an opportunity for people to learn from each other from their training and an opportunity for people to look back at their training to figure out what worked for them and what didn't." Elliot has big goals. Not only does he want to make the US Olympic Team he wants to become a medalist in either the 5,000m or 10,000m. (07/16/2018) ⚡AMPby Bob Anderson
RUN THE WORLD: “I will be 75 in six months,” says Fred Martín, “and my running journey has taken many twists and turns since 1960. I ran my usual weekend long run this morning (single track in woods in Northern California). My thoughts were to savor the moment since it could be my last run,” Fred said. “It is something we all (in our age group) should think about.” Fred went out for track his freshman year of high school (1959) and got pretty good by his junior and senior year. Good enough to get a scholarship to Montana State. In college he competed against some of the best runners in the Pacific Northwest like Doug Brown and Tracy Smith. He ran on the US Army team from 1968-70. He placed fifth in World Master’s 800 meters in 2011 and his team (Len, Hans and himself) won the National title for 70-79 year olds in the 8K for two straight years. He has been racing well now for nearly 60 years. Fred has this to say about aging. “There are more 70-year-old runners now than decades before and setting new standards, hell I remember races in the seventies that never had an age group over 59. “As aging becomes more noticeable in our own personal lives we will be challenged more and our experience in years of training discipline comes into play. “Times will become less important vs staying healthy and injury free, remember the old saying “if you don’t use it you’ll loose it.” We will take our falls and mend broken bones, ward off cancer, deal with painful arthritis and tolerate medication to fix heart issues but we will be back out there doing what we love. From the heart of a lonely long distance runner,” says Fred. His goal is to be able to keep running into his 80’s. What’s his thinking on the Run The World Challenge? “I think it’s a good incentive and another tool to keep our running schedule in check,” he says. Photo: Fred on the right end with the gang. (07/14/2018) ⚡AMPby Bob Anderson
RUN THE WORLD: Mary Menton has been running for over 25 years. She works full time as a family Advisor Dignity memorial. "I protect families on the worst day of their life before someone passes," Mary says. "I have been doing this for 3 and half years and I love it as much as running." She gets up around 5 am to run before work and if needed does a second workout in the evening. "Running to so important to me and it always will be. It provides peace, its like a drug. It not only is a physical addiction for me but it is mental as well. I need to be exercising and running. Its a feeling and enjoyment people who don't run can't understand what it is like to be a runner," says Mary. She was one of the top 10 Americans at the Boulder Boulder 10k and she qualified for the Marathon Olympics Trials three times. "As a Master the work is more difficult," she says, "because we are older the injuries are much higher. I am dealing with an injury now. As a master it is much more relaxing and I am not so hard on myself." She discovered running as a young girl while, "watching my older sister and a AAU sprinter. My mom would pack PJ’s because track meets were all day. So my little sister and I would be let loose running around the stadium. I was in awe of the runners." Mary has three girls. "Sara is working for the Court of Appeals in Denver. She is a lawyer. My daughter Megan is a RN living in Denver. My 3rd daughter Ryan will be a Senior at Trinity Catholic." What does she think of this challenge? "The Run The World challenge is another one of Bob Anderson's fantastic ideas. His passion for the sport is infectious. He is not only an advocate of running but a motivator to everyone. Having the Run The World challenge spreads the importance of running and keeps people together for a common interest." Mary's current goal is to start running regularly again and get back to 50 miles a week. (07/12/2018) ⚡AMPby Bob Anderson
The Run the World Global Run Challenge started July 4th. Our goal is to login 24,901 miles (40,072k) within 30 days. We wanted this to be a Global event and it is. Our team of 200 has already run and logged in miles in 17 different countries. Our mission is to reach our goal but we also want to motivate, inspire others and celebrate running. A sport we love. Our team range in age from 11 to 81. Team member Abbey Cannon sums up our mission, "I think the Global Run Challenge is great because it shows that even though we are all at different levels and may run for different reasons, we in the running community from all over the globe can all come together to work for the same goal." Our team is amazing. Willie Korir from Kenya has already logged in 173 miles. 51-year-old JR Mintz has logged in 112 and 74-year-old Frank Bozanich has logged 112 miles as well. Grace Padillia has logged in the most miles for females with 72 miles. Becca Pizzi who ran a marathon on each continent in seven days earlier in the year has logged 60 miles. There are many amazing performances. You can follow all the action on our Run The World feed. We still have a long ways to go but we have almost already covered the distance between San Francisco and Iceland in eight days. This is more than just logging training and racing miles. It is a celebration of running. To help remember what we are doing we have an official shirt and a medal when we finish. Just click on the link and we will get out the shirt to you right away. If you didn't join us this time, we will be doing this same Global Challenge again starting August 29. (07/11/2018) ⚡AMPby Bob Anderson
RUN THE WORLD: Pulkit Singh (26) took a high pressure job after graduation in 2015 in the Steel City of India, Jamshedpur. He started feeling burned out and he needed to do something. "It was one normal working day that I woke up on unearthly hours and went out for a run.. It was 3:30am, I started to run and since then I have never looked back. I got infected by the running bug." Running has changed Pulkit's life. "Running is like a tonic/medicine to my everyday routine. The pressurized work culture of my company hasn’t changed but my patience, tolerance and attitude has completely changed. Today I remain active even after working for 12+ hours a day. Running has taught me the art of ‘perseverance," he says. He completed his first marathon in 6 hours 9 minutes. " I am proud of the fact that I was on my feet for 6 hours. Under hot blazing sun I completed my first marathon (FM). People criticize runners who walk while running their FM. I have an altogether different aspect for this. Many a time it came in my mind that I should give up and consider a respectable DNF and come back next year in a stronger avatar. But the glory which waits at the finish line motivated me to complete." He has many goals but one is to run the 100th annual Comrades Marathon in 2021. Pulkit has to say about this challenge. "The fact that you have a challenge in front of you motivates you to bring out the best in one’s own self. Once the Run The World Challenge concludes we are all winners, no matter how many miles we have logged. The fact that an individual takes up a challenge is in itself terms him/her to be a winner because they all gave up their comfort zone for a better/fitter tomorrow. You never know whom you are motivating indirectly" (07/10/2018) ⚡AMPby Bob Anderson
RUN THE WORLD: Jennifer Bayliss (47) discovered running in the third grade. She says, "Laura beat me in the 50 yard dash on the sidewalk in P.E. class at school. I did not like that. I really wanted to beat her and all the boys." In high school and college she still wanted to beat all the Laura's and the boys. She did until injury took over her collegiate career. "I did manage to capture All American status, a conference championship title and run at the NCAA's before having to call it quits." 15 years later she returned to running as a master once her kids started driving and she found a little time to lace up her shoes. How important is running? "Running is where I push myself to reach goals, believe in myself, have confidence, trust the plan, feel fit and healthy, connect with people, see beautiful places, have stories to tell, learn how to deal with good and bad stress, and mostly have a blast." Just recently she ran the Boilermaker 15K in Utica, New York. She clocked 56:59 (which is 6:05 per mile). She was the 5th American Master woman. She was pleased with her performance as she pursues her ultimate goal. "My goal is to run an Olympic Trial qualifier for the Marathon. For women, that means at least a time of 2:45. My plan is to race myself into shape with a hybrid of a plan- a little short, long, trail and training and racing distances from the mile to the marathon." Jennifer is a Road Runners Club of America Certified Coach. How did you find out about this challenge? "I heard about the Run The World Challenge from Rosaura Briceno-Tennant and Bertrand Newson and thought- these are my friends, my people-I want to do what they are doing because they are awesome people and runners." (07/10/2018) ⚡AMPby Bob Anderson
RUN THE WORLD: As a kid Verity Breen
ran randomly. "I was beginning to tool my intrinsic nature inside where "the runner" lived," says Verity. She was the youngest of four adopted children living in Australia. When Verity was 22 (1989) she was engaged to be married to a guy who was doing the triathlon. "I followed him when he swam, and swam too," Verity says. She also started to run with him some nights after work. "One night I felt a sudden gush of adrenaline and got bored with the pace and took off, beating him back to his parents house. This was not well received. Anyway, for another reason he called off the wedding." She got really into the triathlon and in fact in 1991 she was on the National Australia Team at the Triathlon World Championships. "It was this ton of triathlon racing that lead me to realize that running was the great love. Here I am three decades later of racing, still in love." So how important is running to Verity? "It's the one thing that is always there for you, it picks you up on down days, it carries you along on happy days and it makes me feel fully woke as I am using my entire body and mind as one. However if you tie your identity up entirely with being seen as a runner you discount your other gifts and interests and are at a loss for who you are if at some points one must rest, recover or not race and be patient. Running is an important part of who I am but it's not all that I am," she says. She has run over 150 marathons and one stands out. "Maybe on a amusing note was my Maui Marathon win in 2012. My husband came home from work Friday afternoon and I asked him how he would feel about me flying to Hawaii to do a marathon. He said, sure! When? I said "tomorrow" he burst out laughing. So on a cheap flight I managed to get for 300 bucks, he dropped me off with my small bag and wished me luck." The next morning she was at the start line. "Early into the hot race on an incredible one way coastal course I found myself in the lead. Whoa. With an 8 minute gap till the second female and the entire road to myself I was in racing heaven. As I rolled into the awesome finish chute in first hot as heck but so happy I was just amazed that I had pulled this off." She is married to Randy. They met at Bondi Beach in Australia and got married exactly one year later. They have two dogs, has a garden and lives in Northern California. In 2007 she started Thirty Birds, her own brand of women's running apparel. Asked about this challenge. "The Run The World Challenge got my attention. It's great to be accountable and to connect, to encourage people to move and run and share the challenge of piling up miles together as we virtually circle this amazing globe together one stride at a time. Moving together. Love it." (07/06/2018) ⚡AMPby Bob Anderson
RUN THE WORLD: At the age of 49 Liz Duman joined the gym. Once fit enough she started running and it was love at first run. Running helped her lose 38 pounds. A year later she ran her first half-marathon. "I live in a small town in South Africa next to the Kruger National Park and the Blyde Canyon," says Lize. Running has become a very important part of her life. "I have made the best friends, I love the challenges, grit and achievements. Running has become part of who I am," she says. She likes running races, however. "Running races is great, but the most special moments remain those training runs when you run with a running buddy and at times the only conversation is your breathing and sound of your feet hitting the ground." Liz has been married for 25 years and have three boys. Asked about why she joined this challenge. "Run The World Challenge is a fantastic challenge, joining us together across age, gender, proficiency or location to celebrate the one thing we all love - running." (07/04/2018) ⚡AMPby Bob Anderson
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