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Putting off Boston until Age 65 (not to mention quadruple by-pass surgery) – Vic Thayer (April 21, 2008)

Posted on Apr 21, 2008 in 2008, M 65 - 69, Tennessee, Thayer - Vic

Putting off Boston until Age 65 (not to mention quadruple by-pass surgery) – Vic Thayer (April 21, 2008)

I began my running program at age 39; I am almost 71 at present. I have competed in almost 1,000 races, and have logged close to 60,000 miles. As a competitive runner, I have participated in races from the Carolinas to California, and Rhode Island to Florida, as well as Canada. In 2004, my annual physical revealed I had a heart problem: four blocked arteries. I was told I had no option but to have open heart bypass surgery. On August 31, 2004, I had the surgery and was in the hospital for about 3 1/2 days. Prior to being released, my surgeon came to my room and during our conversation, I told...

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“After the rain chased my family from the finish line, I finished alone, but elated!” – Gerald Holbrook (April 22, 1991)

Posted on Apr 15, 1991 in 1991, Holbrook - Gerald, M 55 - 59, Tennessee

“After the rain chased my family from the finish line, I finished alone, but elated!” – Gerald Holbrook (April 22, 1991)

I only began running at age 51. I ran my first Marathon after 21 months as a runner. It was the Memphis Express Marathon, and I ran in 3:58:07 at age 53. Over the next eleven years, I ran a total of 17 Marathons, until after knee surgery, I followed the doctor’s advice and cut back to no more than 20 miles per week. Like most runners who love running Marathons, I began to wonder if I could qualify to run Boston. By 1988 I had been elected President of Memphis Runners Track Club, and I was leader and director of a local program to prepare runners for running a Marathon. At the end of that...

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