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Post by twal on Thu Jan 01, 2015 9:41 am

Every year our club (Wyoming Valley Striders) has a fun run on New Years Day. This year I'm celebrating 50 years of running so I'm bringing some snacks for after the run. Here is the Facebook announcement promoting that run.

https://www.facebook.com/WyomingValleyStriders/photos/pb.172358419543315.-2207520000.1420123036./654136288032190/?type=1&theater

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Post by Rachel August on Thu Jan 01, 2015 10:40 am

OMG TOM!!! Love the pictures - so cool! Have a blast today and congrats on 50 years of running!

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Post by LMRun on Thu Jan 01, 2015 10:53 am

Congratulations on 50 years of running Tom. Great pictures. Smile

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Re: 50 years of running

Post by Gary E on Thu Jan 01, 2015 12:15 pm

Great posting, Tom...and even better accomplishment.
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Post by Dave Tuttle on Thu Jan 01, 2015 3:12 pm

Happy 50th Tom... And many more!!

That's one heck of an accomplishment! Great pictures too!

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Post by bsegall2 on Thu Jan 01, 2015 7:11 pm

Wow - 50 years! Pretty impressive. The post made me realize that I've been running for 35 years, which ain't bad either. Although now I am happy to alternate running with other types of exercise.
Happy New Year everyone! It's really been a decent winter so far in the New York City area for exercising. Hope everyone else is getting through it.
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Post by DonSoule on Thu Jan 01, 2015 9:42 pm

Tom, Congrats on 50 years and 57,000 miles !!! I'll never catch you since I started much too late and took a long break! Way to go!

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Post by BA on Thu Jan 01, 2015 10:55 pm

Truly spectacular milestone Tom, Congrats!
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Post by EugeneRunner on Thu Jan 01, 2015 11:31 pm

That is pretty awesome Tom!

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Re: 50 years of running

Post by russwyd on Mon Jan 19, 2015 11:45 am

Great stuff well done Tom!
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Re: 50 years of running

Post by echoguy on Mon Jan 19, 2015 7:36 pm

Wow. I missed this the first time through!! Anyone who has run in a hand printed bib number has my ultimate respect. Congrats on a great running life...here's to many more years!

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ah, that brings back some memories

Post by Gary E on Mon Jan 19, 2015 8:01 pm

echoguy wrote:Wow. I missed this the first time through!! Anyone who has run in a hand printed bib number has my ultimate respect. Congrats on a great running life...here's to many more years!

Brian, when I started running, we didn't even use numbers!!! At the finish line you were just given a tongue depressor with numbers 1 through (how ever many entries there were) and you immediately went over to one of the spouses who was holding a clipboard. She asked for your name and wrote that beside the corresponding finish order. We didn't have age-groups and no chip timing. In fact, those of us that cared about pace, carried a stopwatch in the palm of our hand. Of course, no one ever put mile markers out, so you just hoped that the course (usually measured by the race director's odometer on his car) was fairly accurate. Oh yeah, and we didn't have standard distances either. Most of the time you ran from the town square of one community, around the memorial obelisk in the next town, and then back to the finish.

I'll do my best to find what few B & W prints I may have to illustrate this if I can. Oh yeah, and we never wore socks in our racing flats either.
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Re: 50 years of running

Post by Rachel August on Tue Jan 20, 2015 7:05 am

Gary E wrote:
echoguy wrote:Wow. I missed this the first time through!! Anyone who has run in a hand printed bib number has my ultimate respect. Congrats on a great running life...here's to many more years!

Brian, when I started running, we didn't even use numbers!!! At the finish line you were just given a tongue depressor with numbers 1 through (how ever many entries there were) and you immediately went over to one of the spouses who was holding a clipboard. She asked for your name and wrote that beside the corresponding finish order. We didn't have age-groups and no chip timing. In fact, those of us that cared about pace, carried a stopwatch in the palm of our hand. Of course, no one ever put mile markers out, so you just hoped that the course (usually measured by the race director's odometer on his car) was fairly accurate. Oh yeah, and we didn't have standard distances either. Most of the time you ran from the town square of one community, around the memorial obelisk in the next town, and then back to the finish.

I'll do my best to find what few B & W prints I may have to illustrate this if I can. Oh yeah, and we never wore socks in our racing flats either.

Gary.....and you wonder how/if/why someone might have alluded to you as an historical artifact? (see Ohio State posts.....)

I say this with THE MOST love and respect in my heart for you....you know I admire and think the world of you....just sayin though!!!

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Re: 50 years of running

Post by twal on Tue Jan 20, 2015 8:56 am

To add to Gary's post, we also didn't have photographers at races. Instead of tongue depressors, we sometimes got index cards where you would need to write your name. There were no women at races. We wore gray cotton sweat suits. But I'd always wear socks. When I tried to go sockless, I'd get blisters. Nike was the name of a Greek goddess.

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Post by marathonman60 on Tue Jan 20, 2015 10:03 am

Well done. I started running @10. I'd watch Jim Beatty duke it out with Marty Liquori in the mile , then go outside to run. Started keeping track of miles in my forties. First real race was 1979. 56 years running.
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Post by Sumorunner on Tue Jan 20, 2015 11:02 am

Our club (formed in 1971) still has several races each year where they hand out numbered index cards. I've run two of them already this year. I ran in many where the total no. of finishers was 25-30.

We have a couple local turkey trots that are over 50 years old and still wildly popular. There are a couple guys who have been running them since 1964 or 65

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socks really slow you down

Post by Gary E on Tue Jan 20, 2015 12:59 pm

I started road racing in the early 60's, but here's a few examples of sockless running in the late 70's and early 80's:

http://i80.servimg.com/u/f80/18/25/82/54/furrow10.jpg

http://i38.servimg.com/u/f38/18/25/82/54/stroll15.jpg



For some reason I couldn't load the first two photos, but if you click on each one they may load. Let me know if they don't and I'll try something else.
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Post by marathonman60 on Tue Jan 20, 2015 3:07 pm

I run 2 races each year - free and popsicle sticks.
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Post by Gary E on Tue Jan 20, 2015 3:35 pm

marathonman60 wrote:I run 2 races each year - free and popsicle sticks.

That is awesome, Tom, at least there are still a few reminders left from a more sane and economical time in this world. I sure don't envy what my grandchildren will have to endure with all current problems on this globe of ours. With the exception of a faded memory of someplace called Vietnam, I'm sure glad I was given the opportunity to live in the era that I did.
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Post by echoguy on Tue Jan 20, 2015 8:18 pm

Gary E wrote:
http://i80.servimg.com/u/f80/18/25/82/54/furrow10.jpg

Wow. I didn't know that Randle Patrick McMurphy ran back in the day...

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Post by Gary E on Tue Jan 20, 2015 9:50 pm

I had no idea who R.P.M. was until I looked at the title of the movie in your subsequent posting...but, I just want you to know that I was never one to stow cigarettes in my shirtsleeve.
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Post by marathonman60 on Wed Jan 21, 2015 9:49 am

Gary, my wife had a band that toured Vietnam in 1967 called the Pretty Kittens. Did you see them?
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Post by Rachel August on Thu Jan 22, 2015 8:35 am

Gary - I LOVE that picture of you and Linda!!!

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Post by Gary E on Thu Jan 22, 2015 4:43 pm

marathonman60 wrote:Gary, my wife had a band that toured Vietnam in 1967 called the Pretty Kittens. Did you see them?
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Missed them, Tom. My Pacific tour was '73 thru '76. Left the service shortly after processing the last of the refugees following the fall of Saigon.
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