Thursday, October 30, 2008

Greetings from Shelburn Falls

Kind of looks like a postcard, don't ya think? This is the bridge you cross right at the finish of the Bridge of Flowers 10k. I'd like to have that weather right about now :)

Monday, October 27, 2008

Mayor's Cup at Franklin Park

It was a fast day at Franklin Park as Mary Cullen (290), former Providence College standout, broke the course record with a time of 16.08. The previous record was held by Kathy Franey at 16.22.  Here she is going through the mile in 5.07. Two time winner, Aziza Aliyu (1) finished second.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

George Gardiner - Ultra Animal

Very few of you probably know who George Gardiner is. He was my team mate back in the early eighties, not that i would run too many races with him. You see, George was an ultra marathoner, but not just any ultrarunner, he was great! He could run under 5:30 for fifty miles just as easily as he could run 16 minutes for 5k. He once ran the perimeter of the state (RI) in two days with Jimmy Hirst in tow. I've seen him run low 2:30 for a marathon, the cross RI run (56 Miles) and numerous other races at all distances. The one accomplishment that really stands out though, is the 6 day race he did in Flushing Meadows, NY on a 1/4 mile track. The year was 1981 or 82, not quite sure, but George ran 546 miles in six days. Think about that, could you you see yourself running 2184 laps on a track! Of course, you can take a break any time you like, but still, that is crazy. It is still the standing american record for a male over 40 years old. What would you do on the seventh day? Knowing George, He went for a run. The photo was taken at the Brattleboro 50k in 198o, George was 7th at 3:13.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Where To Start?

Hey there everyone. I have decided to start a blog that deals with running and photography, two things i have excelled at. So i started to think about how to lead this whole thing off and decided to start with Bill Rodgers. Of all the runners i have competed against and photographed, Bill has to be the smoothest of all. I can't think of a race where he did not look effortless in his stride, no matter what the pace was. This photo of him was taken at the 1983 Boston Marathon, just before 15 miles. Greg Meyer was out front, on route to a 2:09.00 finish. Bill looks as if he is just on cruise control just doing what comes natural.
How is it that he always looks like he is 6 inches off the road. Most runners i know covet the "in the air" photo. This should be the start of many posts, hopefully, you all will like it. Let me know, one way or the other.