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How I cut my deficit to Boston Billy by over 20 minutes… – James Crosthwait (April 16, 1979)

Posted on Jun 22, 2015 in 1979, Crosthwait - James, M 40 - 44, Mississippi

How I cut my deficit to Boston Billy by over 20 minutes… – James Crosthwait (April 16, 1979)

After running Boston in 1978 in 3 hours 20 minutes, I came back to run the race again a year later. The rapid growth in the marathon’s popularity in those years was evident: in ’78 there were 4,764 official runners; in 1979, the number swelled to 7,927, the first year the number of racers exceeded the everyday population of tiny Hopkinton. With the large number of unofficial runners, I’d estimate the actual race size was more like 10,000. While waiting in Hopkinton, a preteen boy asked for my autograph, probably thinking I was well known author [“Running & Being: The Total...

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