1973

Drawing Life-long Strength from Boston – Kent Berry (April 16, 1973)

Posted on Mar 8, 2016 in 1973, Berry - Kent, M 18 - 34, Texas

Drawing Life-long Strength from Boston – Kent Berry (April 16, 1973)

As I recollect my memories of the Boston Marathon and how I came to run it, it is much like writing my own obituary, because it rises to the top, like the perfect foam on a Guinness beer. That is to say, with great joy, comfort and humor, this race helped shape the person I became. My experience running Boston has played an enduring role through both the difficult times and the brilliant times of celebration. My personal story includes my parents getting a divorce, which left me without a support system. So in my senior year of high school, I enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, which...

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1st, 2nd, and 358th place for the USA – Woody Harrell (April 16, 1973)

Posted on Jan 22, 2016 in 1973, Harrell - Woody, M 18 - 34, Maryland

1st, 2nd, and 358th place for the USA – Woody Harrell (April 16, 1973)

First, a little background: My so-called road racing career began in fits and starts; but the initial date is easy to pin down: the day I read an article in the June 01, 1964, issue of Sports Illustrated about American expatriate Buddy Edelen. Unnoticed by most Americans, Edelen had run the first- and third-fastest marathons of all time, and had just returned from England to win the US Olympic marathon trial at Yonkers, New York, by over 20 minutes. I was fascinated! I was amazed. I was inspired! So much so  I put on my tennis shoes (literally my tennis shoes; who had a pair of running shoes...

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Warm Race; Secret Strategy – Jack Mahurin (April 21, 1973)

Posted on Dec 17, 2015 in 1973, M 18 - 34, Mahurin - Jack, Maryland

Warm Race; Secret Strategy –  Jack Mahurin (April 21, 1973)

Running marathons, I never had a great day on a good course in good weather. Of my two fastest races, one was plagued by heat and the other by rain and a sloppy track. But certainly of these two races, Boston 1973 was my best marathon effort. In the late 1960s, I was in the Air Force stationed at Pope Air Force Base. Wanting to continue running competitively, I had written to several nearby North Carolina universities looking for possible running contacts. I thus met up with a small group of fellow post-collegiate runners who trained and raced under the banner of the “North Carolina Track...

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