Thursday, September 20, 2018

Barkley Dogs. Even One Named Barkley!

The man in charge of the Barkley Marathons, Lazarus Lake, is every bit of the eccentric stereotype one would expect.  But the man behind Lazarus Lake, Gary Cantrell, is nothing of the sort.

In real life he is a retired accountant who just completed a walk/jog across America.  His feat ended just the day before he had to be back in Tennessee for the recent Barkley Fall Classic.  It took him 126 days from the Atlantic Ocean in Connecticut to the Pacific in Oregon.  Read his daily posts...

Also, it turns out that Laz is an author.  When he found an abandoned dog that had been shot in the rural Tennessee mountains, he saved him.  After twice trying to find a suitable home for the dog, the dog kept finding his way back to Laz.  so he named him "Big" and published all his adventures in book form. 

And even our very own Erwin Shroedinger Endowed Chair for Advanced Physics, Ron Moore got into the action.  At last years Barkley race, Ron couldn't run and was crewing for another when 5 puppies were found abandoned in the wilderness.  All were eventually adopted, with Ron taking one home which he named Barkley.  (I think several others share the same name!)

Barkley, center 2017.

Barkley 2018.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Where Have The Fullers Been?

Well, everybody knows I can't tell any of them apart!  They missed this year's Reunion and Golf Tourney for sanctioned and approved reasons. They have been getting married, having babies and buying houses, is all I know.

And now one has snagged a trifecta of races culminating in the York White Rose Run. ( I ran the first of these, oh so many years ago!)

Brian Fuller, the handsome one, (hee hee hee) won the 5-Mile race in 25:31.  The fact that he was wearing our Alumni Singlet garners him extra mulligans in next year's Golf Tourney.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Getting Better With Age (And Sponsor Bling!)

I plan on taking way too much credit for Ron Moore's continued improvement in his quest to run the Barkley Marathons.  (Honestly, I deserve none.) He ran the baby brother Barkley Fall Classic for the third time yesterday, and had one of his best ultra-marathon performances ever!

Luckily for me, he modeled the Nike Dri-Fit t-shirt I had made up to spread the news of my Podiatry Practice to eccentric types in rural Tennessee.  I expect the appointment calls to commence early Monday morning.  Plans are already underway to expand the sponsor equipment to get Ron over-the-top.

Ron was 25th overall (out of >400 entrants) with a time of 9:57:22 in the 50K rugged trail race.

Next up:  How dogs figure prominently at the Barkley

Friday, September 14, 2018

Even His Little Brother Is A Horrible Criminal

We have talked a little bit about The Barkley Marathons before.  Tomorrow marks the "other" race in the Frozen Head State Park in rural Tennessee.  Called the Barkley Fall Classic, the race is only about a fourth of its older, more criminal brother.

Both of these races were conceived by Lazarus Lake (Gary Cantrell) after noting that assassin James Earl Ray only managed to get 8 miles in 55 hours from Brushy Mountain Penitentiary when he escaped following his conviction for killing Martin Luther King Jr.  Cantrell and his friend commented that they could get at least 100 miles in that time frame.  Ray was found huddled and covered in mud and was overjoyed to be recaptured.  The desolate mountainous landcape surrounding the prison posed a more formidable escape deterrent than the waters off Alcatraz.

That's when Gary Cantrell's Dr. Jekyl became his Mr. Hyde, Lazarus Lake.  He made up a trail ultramarathon that is recognized as one of the most difficult races in the world.  In its more than 30 years, only 15  16 people have managed to finish the race.  And it is even more sadistic than that indicates.  Some of the most fit and tough people you have ever met wouldn't stand a chance at the Barkley.

The rules of the race are extraordinary enough, but that only scratches the surface of the eccentricity of the whole thing and the people it attracts.  From the entry requirements shrouded in mystery, to the pre-race dinner of under or overcooked chicken, the mind-boggling items just accumulate.  The start of the race is signaled by Lazarus lighting a cigarette!  Barely a sound...

Just as I am fascinated by mountaineering and Everest, I am attracted to all things Barkley.  But I would never, ever think of undertaking either.  And yet into this world emerged my good friend (on the internet, at least!) Ron Moore, our Erwin Shrodinger Endowed Chair of Advanced Physics.  Ron started out as a brilliant and talented student-athlete under Coach Groves.  He emerged as an accomplished Physicist, family man, and unfortunately, a trail ultramarathoner!  I don't know what happened...

After a stint as the man in charge of the world's most powerful nuclear accelerator, he somehow ended up in Tennessee, not far away from the beast named Barkley.  There is way more involved in this story, but it may take me a long time to ferret it all out.

Ron's goal is to make it into the 40-unlucky souls every year that receive the condolence letter from Lazarus indicating they have been accepted into the big race.  Until then, he has been toiling in many ultras in preparation.

That's where I come in.  I have agreed to lend Ron a hand should he ever get into the Marathons.  I will be a mostly useless member of his crew and sponsor his roughly $2 entry fee and even supply an old PA license plate for "The Wall"  Laz has already built without any congressional approval!  (It's a wall of license plates from the birthplaces of all entrants over the years). I may even haul out Podd 2.0, my RV, so Ron will have a place to await the start of the race and collapse when he is done.

I even managed to supply him with a couple of Nike dri-fit shirts for his Fall Classic race tomorrow.  Let's all wish him luck in the race!

He will need a podiatrist tomorrow.

He is representing all of us.
Podd 2.0 with my modeling partner.

Next Up: An update on Ron's race and just how important dogs are when thinking about the Barkley.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

A Silver Lining?

This horrible storm in the Atlantic threatens to flood my basement even before it gets here.  We sure have received a lot of rain this year.  But maybe, just maybe, there is a kid who will have just as much fun as I did in 1972!

From the blog archives in 2009...

The Best Week of My Life

1972 was a great year. Nixon was at his peak, the Vietnam War was about to be ended and Americans had been on the Moon 5 or 6 times. My sport was basketball, and I needed to get much better at it to compete with the likes of teammate Curt Clawson (who later became the greatest shooter Coach Keady of Purdue ever saw, including Michael Jordan!) I opted for the prestigious Pocono Mountain Basketball Camp run by Coaches Bill Foster and Harry Litwack. I headed off with spirits high and with ridiculous sneakers not really suitable for basketball.

My joy turned to ecstasy when I found out that David Thompson was going to be my Coach for the week. After his sophomore year at NC State, he wasn't yet a household word, but he was certainly one of the premier young players in college ball. His teammates Monty Towe and Phil Spence were with him. Tom Burleson had gone to another camp.

The first day was spent getting to know the camp layout and the set up for the coming week of intense drills, practices and games. Then, the rain began. Hurricane Agnes had hit Florida and meandered up the East Coast, delivering torrential rains which was only was made worse when it stalled over land. Worst hit happened to be where we were in the Poconos. All roads were washed out and we were marooned at our camp. Only the two indoor courts were usable by the hundreds of kids there, many counselors staying elsewhere weren't available, and we were on our own mostly. Lord of the Flies type stuff, may I add?

When the bridge over the little stream leading to the indoor courts washed out when it became a raging river, we improvised by swinging across the stream on a rope hanging from a tree. Those little kids that invariably fell in were retrieved downstream with the help of a dam we fashioned out of canoes left over from the camp's previous life. We never lost a single camper! Each day became worse with the rain and the inability of anyone to reach us from the outside. The menu deteriorated noticeably each day, with meals becoming a mish mash of whatever was available. The nightly movie reel (the World War II flick, Triple Cross) was repeated each night, and all of us learned the entire dialog by the end of the week. We were able to shout the words to the entire movie before the actor would, which somehow never got old. I remember the joy on David Thompson's face with this each night, pure innocent joy. I find it hard to believe that he later ended his basketball career in the throes of substance abuse.

Days were spent watching the college guys play pick-up basketball. Only one court at a time was available, as they tore down rim after rim with spectacular alley-oops and jams (Monty Towe and David Thompson invented the alley-oop!) none of us could believe. Those handy with tools would remake the backboards and rims on the one court as the players switched to the other.

Players were true amateurs in those days, and none of them was receiving any money outright, just room and board (eating the same crap the rest of us were!). We supplemented David by putting quarters on top of the backboards. Any quarter he jumped up and retrieved was his by default. And he pocketed a lot of change that week. I've been challenged on this many times, but I saw him do it hundreds of times. His vertical leap was unbelievable, even with just one step. He had a kid follow him just to hold all of his quarters. And I would have volunteered for the duty if someone else hadn't gotten there first!

It was a simply magical week, and I didn't mind eating Cream of Wheat for three straight meals by the end of the week. When the rain finally stopped and my parents picked me up, I was amazed to see all of Pennsylvania flooded. We didn't have a TV and no one bothered listening to the radio, we were there to watch basketball and there was none better than what was on the court live.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Physicists Solve An Age Old Riddle, One Of Our Own Is Amazing, And I'm Disappointed No One Cares About My First Modeling Gig

Physicists have figured out the answer to the age old riddle of "what came first, the chicken or the egg".

And it's both!  It has something to do with quantum Physics and evolution.  I sum it up as this: An almost-a-chicken and another almost-a-chicken got together and did what almost-a-chickens do when Barry "Almost-a-chicken" White is grooving and an egg was created.  But in that egg, a mutation of some small stature made what we call a chicken, and voila, we have an egg and a chicken at the same time. 

Meanwhile, congrats to Doreen Statare McCoubrie in her American Record Age 55 Mile time of 5:30.31 !!!  Unbelievable talent and range.

And here's my first foray into modeling.  I got the oppotunityto pose with the Nittany Lion to promote the Grange Fairgrounds Campground.  The billboard is on 322 just south of Seven Mountains.  The Grange is a great place to tailgate for Nittany Lion games.  Check it out. 

Photo by Greg Fredericks.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

I Don't Like The NCAA XC Tiebreaker Rule

To be honest, I feel a tie should stay a tie.  But if a tie absolutely has to be broken, the current rule leaves me a little underwhelmed.
Ties in team scoring shall be broken by comparing in order the place finish
of each of the five scoring members of the tied teams. The team with the
majority of winning comparisons shall be awarded the higher place.
Which method of breaking ties would you prefer?
  1. The current comparison of runners one through five. 
  2. 6th place finisher.
  3. Let it remain a tie.
  4. Other.
Here, the usual suspects hash it out on

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

A Quiz For Smartypants: The Closest Cross Country Race I Have Ever Seen

Too bad it was in the pouring rain or I would have enjoyed it more!

Daughter the Younger started her college Cross Country career over the weekend at Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York.  I was lucky enough to be able to attend.  Even though it was in a downpour from just before the gun until the last runner finished.

I'm a big fan of all levels of cross country.  There doesn't have to be world class runners involved for it to be exciting and fun to watch. Being in a level with which she is competitive makes it much more enjoyable for Daughter the Younger.

Hartwick College is in the Empire 8 Conference in NCAA Division III  (THAT's Important for the Quiz At The End)

My daughter started a little fast but didn't fade much at all.  She finished 10th in the dual meet, sixth for her team, displacing the fifth-place runner on SUNY Delhi to make the score a 28-28 tie.

The finishers in the race were as follows:
  1. Hartwick
  2. SUNY Delhi
  3. SUNY Delhi
  4. Hartwick
  5. SUNY Delhi
  6. Hartwick
  7. SUNY Delhi
  8. Hartwick
  9. Hartwick
  10. Hartwick
  11. SUNY Delhi
  12. SUNY Delhi
  13. SUNY Delhi
  14. SUNY Delhi
  15. Hartwick
 So the final scoring was:
Hartwick 1+4+6+8+9  = 28
SUNY Delhi  2+3+5+7+11 = 28

So now for the Quiz for Smartypants!  (I know there are numerous PSU Track Alumni (Golfers) who know the correct answer to this question.)

Which team is the winner of the Meet?  And why? No cheating; Coach is watching you!

And an update on our Nittany Lion Campus friends XC Openers:


Sunday, September 2, 2018

A Fascinating End To The Track Season Only A Day Before The Beginning Of The Cross Country Season

It was a long season for Darrell Hill.  He began his campaign right in the heart of Happy Valley in the Penn State National while wearing his new Alumni Singlet!  And he kept it going all the way through the Diamond League Final in Zurich.

It was his best and most consistent season, with his first National Title to his credit.  At the Diamond League Finals, he defended his title, coming up just a bit short in second place, but with a truly remarkable series of throws all over 22 meters.  Each of his throws were better than his previous season's best.  He ended with a 22.40 meter heave (73' 6" for Muricans!), which was barely under his all-time best.  Congrats, Darrell.  It's still fun watching all your exploits.

Darrell Hill and the Shot Put Crew in Zurich.
The very next day, the Nittany Lions teams took to the great course at Division II Lock Haven for the Dolan Duels.  The meet is named after Coach Jim Dolan, who helped recruit and coach our very own Greg Fredericks just a few years ago!

Both teams scored perfect wins in the effort:

1 Abert, Colin Penn State 17:41.13 1
2 Wing, Owen Penn State 18:10.13 2
3 Tomasko, Alex Penn State 18:12.87 3
4 McGowan, John Penn State 18:26.29 4
5 Bobbitt, Brady Penn State 18:32.21 5
6 Hontz, Brandon Penn State 18:43.56 6
7 McDevitt, Billy Penn State 18:50.61 7
Photo by Greg Fredericks.
1 936 Paternain-Muniz, J Penn State 13:54.42 1
2 937 Rivers, Danae Penn State 13:58.63 1
3 940 Willingmyre, Aliso Penn State 14:08.76 1
4 935 O'Shea, Moria Penn State 14:15.02 1
5 933 Munks, Kathryn Penn State 14:21.50 1
6 939 Williams, Jordan Penn State 14:26.08 1
7 938 Trucilla, Grace Penn State 14:32.07 1

Photo by Greg Fredericks.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

I Told You So: A Work-Related Divergence

Some time in the future there will be a big story in the Press that I was warning everyone about for quite a while already.  Pharmaceutical Companies will be under scrutiny for withholding evidence of major side-effects of very popular drugs.

Not that that is new.  Happens all the time.  Side effects can occur with any medication.  But when evidence of significant side-effects are found, and the companies quadruple advertising for the drugs, something smells very fishy.  The rush to cash in on the incredible R&D costs of blockbuster drugs outweighs the risks of selling risky medications to a blind public.  And blindness may very well be an end result of the fiasco???  But that isn't my field.  I deal with the foot, which is incredibly complicated enough as it is.  And I have seen a substantial increase in the need for amputations in diabetic patients, especially those taking the newer diabetic drugs with their miracle lowering of A1C levels.  You've seen the ads on tv, with catchy songs and happy people...

In the preceding 10 years, I probably did a handful of amputations.  But so far this year I have done 9, with another one tomorrow.  Thare are other factors involved in this, but I feel the most important reason is the explosion in the use of the newer class of diabetic drugs which cause the kidneys to rid the bloodstream of glucose.  Unfortunately, a side effect of this has already been proven with one drug and the ambulance chasers of the world have already begun soliciting clients.

The side effect of these medications is that they thicken the blood, causing reduced blood flow in the "end organs", which happens to be the toes in my profession.  Combine that with the other effects diabetes bestows on patients and the end result is infections, osteomyelitis (bone infection) and the need for amputations in diabetic patients with "good" A1C levels.  Other targets of diabetic vascular problems are the eyes and kidneys.  I am not sure if problems are occurring in these specialties, but I will bet they are.

Here's another scary "end organ" problem with inceasing prevalence in those taking these medications...

Widely Used Diabetes Drug Can Cause Flesh-Eating Genital Infection

The mechanism of action is probably the same thickening in the blood causing sluggish circulation, but the bacteria involved is sometime markedly different!

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

A "Sneaky" Big Man Continues His Track Season!

It has been noted in Track and Field News that B1GHomie, Darrell Hill, has been sneaking up on Shot Put fields all over the world for quite a while now.  He has generated quite a bit of a resume as someone you better look out for whenever he shows up.

He just did it again in a warm-up to the Diamond League Finals, an event he "snuck up" on to win last year!  This time he prevailed in Warsaw, Poland in the Meeting of the Stars with a toss of 21.50 meters, or 70 ' 6.5" to you and I.

Diamond League Shot Put Qualifiers:

Monday, August 27, 2018

Am I A Little Late For National Dog Day?

This is a reprint from yesteryear about my first Spot.  A unique dog who I look forward to biting me in Heaven.

Ten More Things I Learned in More Than 50 Years (Which I Learned From My Dog Spot)

I miss the little fellow.  He was a stray that we adopted into our zoo after he had roamed the streets for a number of years.  It took me 2 years until I could pick him up.  He had more fight in his 5 pounds than most football teams do in the NFL.  We have no idea how old he was, but it must have been ancient.  With his age came wisdom beyond his years and species.

  1. Running in circles for the sake of running in circles is pleasurable most times.
  2. Having one good meal and a bed of your own is really all you need most times.
  3. Having friends around, even if they steal some of your food, is still worth it.
  4. Barking for the sake of barking is pleasurable most times.
  5. Always listen to "the big dog".
  6. Work is a four-letter word ending with the letter kNap is much easier. And it ends with a pee.
  7. All trips to the doctor should end with a treat.
  8. Never give up, never give up.
  9. People are mostly good, but occasionally not. Trust, but verify.
  10. Never eat the tinsel on a Christmas tree.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Update On A Senseless Tragedy

It turns out that the death of PSU sprinting recruit Kristian Marche was the result of a botched robbery by two young teens.  I can't even fathom the mindset of someone who would pull the trigger in this situation.  This only adds to my sadness.

Here is a Go Fund Me site for a scholarship fund.  I have given a little.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Finally, Physicists Have Started On The Important Questions Of The Universe!

I have been waiting patiently for a Physics post for a long time.  But it seems the Physicists of today only care about Dark Matter and quarks, not the important things the rest of us care about.

Like how to break spaghetti in half without all those little extra pieces that fall on the floor and cause the dogs to choke and gag.

Our original Official Physicist at the blog with it all never did figure it out, despite trying.  And if Richard Feynman couldn't do it, my money was on no one ever doing it.  But again, I was wrong.  Two guys from the Physics Department at MIT have actually done it!

Monday, August 20, 2018

The Lion Is Out Of The Bag

So far, only Greg Fredericks has noticed that I have started on my third career, following podiatry and movie producing.  Now I have maneuvered my way into modeling.  YES, Modeling!  The cat is literally out of the bag, thanks to Greg.

And I am offering a prize to the person who can send me the best photo of my first foray into the field.  The best photo of my first photo shoot will garner someone a trip to the next Reunion and Golf Tourney in May!  Hint: If you are heading to the opening weekend's football game from the south and east, you have a good chance of seeing it.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Sad, Sad News


Penn State track prospect shot dead in Philadelphia

An 18-year-old man who died Tuesday after having been shot in the head the night before in Philadelphia’s West Oak Lane section has been identified as a former high school track star who was to report to Pennsylvania State University this week to begin his freshman year.

RIP Kristian Marche.  Update:  I received word from Leon Woolford that Diamond Woolford coached Kristian this past season.  They visited with the family last night.  I asked Leon to relate my condolences to the family and friends on behalf of our entire group.  I already considered Kristian as one of us even though he didn't make it to University Park.  My heart is broken and my prayers are with the family and friends, as well as the Woolfords.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

I Stole Another Picture From The Interwebs

"When I wore a younger man’s clothes" (or track spikes). A friend and teammate sent me this picture from an indoor meet 50 years ago when I established a new Penn State indoor record for the 400 – on a tight unbanked track. Record is long gone!

Ken Brinker still looks like he could set some records.  He may need the cushy newfangled, banked indoor track PSU has now, but my money is still on him.  But if you ever find yourself entered in our Alumni Reunion golf tourney, pray Clark assigns you to his team and not mine!

Saturday, August 11, 2018

My Movie Producer Career Is Gaining Steam

The third movie that I have helped to produce is coming soon.  And it has a big Penn State Track and Field Alumni (Golf) connection.

To be honest, for the last two films, I have only participated in the crowdsourcing to get them made.  In the Bannister: Everest On The Track film, I helped fund the musical score for the film.  In an indirect group link to the movie, Nick K. worked with Roger's son in London.

But I was a full-fledged Associate Producer for the 2015 remake of the worst movie ever made, Plan 9 From Outer Space, from Ed Wood, who was played by Johnny Depp in the movie about him.

You can see my IMDb entry here.  And I am committed to the possible sequel to this science fiction/zombie movie.  In a link to our group, Steve Black appeared in the original trailer for the movie. Plan 9: 2015

Now, the latest of "my film projects" will be coming to the screen.  It stars our group's Hanna Humphreys' father, Joe Humphreys.  We are excited to release the official trailer for Live the Stream: The Story of Joe Humphreys - currently an official selection of Breckenridge Film Festival 2018 and Chagrin Documentary Film Festival 2018.

Live The Stream: The Story of Joe Humphreys - Official Trailer from Nomadic Studio on Vimeo.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Still More About That 1968 Olympic Trials Marathon

Our newest member, Joe Head, got to relive the thrill of his amazing achievement of running in the first US Olympic Marathon Trials 50 years ago.  This time, he was an honored guest at the Reunion.  He was even roasted by one of the two Directors of the race, Coach Joe Vigil, who had tried to thwart his efforts the first time.  Now they have mended their differences!

The only way Joe made it into the race (other than his nagging persistence and inability to say "no"!) was to meet up with the other Director of the race on the morning of the event.  That was the great American marathoner, Buddy Edelen.  He was thrilled to allow the undertrained novice marathoner into the race!

I have called Buddy Edelen the John the Baptist of American Marathoning.  His achievements and training are incredible in a time before the "running boom" began after Frank Shorter's 1972 Olympic victory.  Frank was just an unknown wannabe from Yale in that 1968 race, which he did not finish.   Get Buddy Edelen's story "A Cold Clear Day" on Amazon Here.

One of the people at Joe's table at the Reunion was Buddy's son Brent.  Full circle of life.

Brent Edelen and Joe





Joe with Pikes Peak Marathon winner, 1966-1971, Steve Gachupin.
Joe Vigil roasts Joe Head.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

American Lions in Österreich Essen ein türkisches Mittagessen.

Gary und Myrna Schwartz halten während ihrer Rhein-Donau-Kreuzfahrt bei Wien zum Mittagessen. Schöne Zeit - es war schön, meinen ehemaligen PSU-Assistenztrainer zu sehen.

Türkisches Restaurant am Donaukanal. Wie ich allen in Amerika auf meinem Urlaub gesagt habe ... immer froh, Gastgeber zu sein. Willkommen in Wien.   -Offizieller Physiker Brian Boyer.

Friday, August 3, 2018

A Full Member Of Our Group

Our previous post on the 50th anniversary of the very first Olympic Trials Marathon got a tremendous response from all over.  The post centered on Joe Head, a Nittany Lion who managed to find his way into the field.  It took great courage and persistence, and even the help of one of my running idols, Buddy Edelen, to make it happen.

Joe ran that race with minimal preparation, but great enthusiasm.  The kind of attributes that our very own Coach Groves would have admired.  This was just as Coach began his tenure at PSU.  Joe was surprised at how easily the Officers of Our Group accepted him into our fold.  At first Joe thought he was just a token member of our Facebook Group, but I corrected him that he is a full member of the Penn State Track and Field Alumni (Golf) Group.  This is in keeping with the tradition that Coach Groves himself  brought to Penn State.  Anyone with Joe's fortitude would have been afforded full team membership by Coach.  All of us can attest to that.  Coach had the patience of a Saint for anyone willing to put in the work to become better.  He even gave liberally of his time for walk-ons.  I can attest to that with a personal breakfast meeting each of my years at PSU.  One of them allowed me to have breakfast with Arthur Lydiard and Coach!

In turn, all of Coach Groves' athletes became better people (look at the excellence of everyone in our group!).  Eventually, all of us live up to Coach's quote at the 2009 Alumni Reunion, "Athletics is for education and recreation, nothing else. Winning is important only in that you learn more."  Turns out that Coach Groves was one of Penn State's greatest educators in its history.

So welcome, Joe Head, into full acceptance into the (soon to be, with everyone's help) largest and most active Track and Field Alumni group in the world.  And come golf with us in May, 2019!

Joe may have some further info on the 50th Anniversary celebration upcoming.  But it must be pointed out that he improved over those 50 years, and finished in the middle of the pack in the 50th Anniversary 8K!  Ahead of Frank Shorter!


Place No.   Name                    Age   Time      
===== ===== ================= === === ========== 
    1    56 Rich Hadley              62   35:16  
    2    36 Benji Durden             66   36:15  
    3    81 Bruce Kirschner          64   37:12  
    4   209 Michael Sandrock         60   39:02  
    5   192 Art Kitze                61   39:17  
    6   153 Pablo Vigil              66   39:41  
    7    73 Jim Johnson              61   41:07  
    8    11 Greg Birk                62   43:32  
    9   191 Chris Trunk              63   44:09  
   10   141 Kevin St.Croix           62   44:23  
   11    28 Robert Davis             61   44:57  
   12   108 Scott McMillen           61   44:57  
   13   196 Jan Frisby               74   46:01  
   14   195 Amby Burfoot             71   46:32  
   15   200 Gary Muhrcke             77   46:41  
   16   143 Darrell Sterns           67   46:44  
   17   199 Rick Moisio              63   46:49  
   18   208 Steve Jones              62   47:04 
   19   180 Joe Lowrey               61   48:11  
   20   185 Doug Ouren               62   48:40 
   21   213 Bob Deines               70   49:04  
   22   142 Will Steinberg           64   54:38  
   23    60 Joe Head                 70   55:10  
   24   207 Tom Heinonen             73   55:10 
   25    72 Alan Johnson             70   55:13  
   26   206 Tim Cronin               68   55:52 
   27    93 Frederick Maas           73   57:11 
   28   138 Ron Shepherd             65   57:54
   30   214 Frank Shorter            72   1:01:42  
   31     4 Dana Anstey              70   1:10:41  
   32    83 Kirk Kritner             64   1:12:50 
   33   202 Bill Clark               74   1:19:31 

Joe, finishing the first Olympic Trials Marathon, 1968.
Joe and Pablo Vigil being photobombed by Frank Shorter.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

A Nittany Lion In The Very First Olympic Trials Marathon! 50th Anniversary

Amby Burfoot has written a remembrance of the event which has received a fair amount of acclaim, despite misreporting that Gatorade was invented at Florida State University!

Alamosa 1968: The Historic First U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials

The great blog Once upon a Time In the Vest has some of the participants commenting about the article and other things.

But our very own Joe Head actually ran in that marathon after having startied running at Penn State with Coach John Lucas as an inspiration.  His story is riveting, and probably unbelievable to anyone younger than we are!

Joe Head, left,  before the start.
1--George Young, 2:30:48, Casa Grande AZ
2--Kenny Moore, 2:31:47, Eugene OR
3--Ron Daws, 2:33:09, Minneapolis
4--Bob Deines, 2:34:13 (note: originally 2:33:14, almost surely wrong per athlete) Pasadena CA
5--Steve Matthews, 2:34:17 (note: originally 2:33:17), Denver
6. Ed Winrow, 2:34:51, NYAC
7. Nick Kitt, 2:35:09, Los Angeles
8. Doug Wiebe, 2:35:31, Pacific Coast Club
9. Bill Clark, 2:36:14, Quantico Marines
10. Jeffrey Reneau, 2:38:46, Laconia NH
11. Tom Hoffman, 2:41:54, Fort Atkinson WS
12. Ed Cadena, 2:42:25, Bakersfield CA
13. Bob Scharf, 2:42:49, Washington DC Sports Club
14. Tom Heinonen, 2:43:30, Minneapolis
15. Steve Gachupin, 2:43:54, Jemez Pueblo, NM
16. Gary Muhrcke, 2:44:56, Freeport NY
17. Wayne Van Dellen, 2:45:26, Woodlake CA
18. Art Coolidge, 2:45:44, Scotia NY
19. Don Lakin, 2:46:03, Pacific Coast Club
20. Jim McDonagh, 2:46:30, Bronx NY
21. Floyd Godwin, 2:49:21, Denver
22. Gar Williams, 2:49:56, Washington DC Sports Club
23. Darryl Beardall, 2:50:05, Santa Rosa CA
24. Jim Van Manen, 2:50:21, Ventura CA
25. Jose E. Dones, 2:52:43, Santa Barbara CA
26. William Blewitt, 2:53:46, Lawton OK
27. Gabe Petroni, 2:53:55, Santa Barbara CA
28. Jose Barela, 2:54:47, Barstow CA
29. Byron Lawry, 2:54:54, Lancaster CA
30. Charles Comefort, 2:55:24, Dunes TC IN
31: Kenneth Katzer, 2:56:31, Lincoln NE
32. Bill Gookin, 2:57:11, San Diego CA
33. Gerald Smith, 2:57:20, Minneapolis
34. Norbert Sander, 2:57:39, Millrose AA NY
35. Gary Pierson, 2:59:37, Denver
36. Richard Vafeades, 3:01:40, Denver
37. Ed Dodd, 3:02:30, Drexel Hill PA
38. Jim Mathews, 3:02:57, Denver
39. Ed Walkwitz, 3:04:23, Hadley MA
40. Tom Snyder, 3:04:37, Lincoln NE
41. Evan Smith, 3:06:02, Marysville WA
42. John Pagliano, 3:06:30, Pasadena CA
43. J. Peterson, 3:07:43, Lockport IL
44. Bruce Guthrie, 3:07:48, Alamosa CO
45. Peter Hanson, 3:09:22, Colfax CA
46. Robert Lowe, 3:11:25, Denver
47. George Husuark, 3:11:52, Montebello CA
48. Bill Anderson, 3:15:00, Santa Barbara CA
49. John Suarez, 3:16:26, Bisbee AZ
50. Russell Holt, 3:20:13, Springfield MA
51. Tom Findley, 3:21:11, Columbus OH
52. William Peck, 3:22:38, Wasco CA
53. Darwyn Batway, 3:32:34, Spokane WA
54. Bruce LaBudde, 3:37:49, Atlanta
55. Larry Boies, 3:38:22, Minneapolis
56. Jerry Laird, 3:41:54, Houston
57. Albert Sewell, 3:46:36, Fisk Univ, Nashville TN
58. Rick Vasquez, 3:49:18, Pico Rivera CA
59. Pete Mundle, 3:50:56, Santa Monica CA
60. Etwin Gookin, 3:52:05, San Diego CA
61. William Lamb, 3:55:29, Sepulveda CA
62. Alan Bass, 3:57:55, San Marino CA
63. E. Kirkpatrick, 3:58:54, UColo, Boulder CO
Joe Head, 4:40 , University Park PA 

Joe Head with Coach Joe Vigil at the 50th Celebration.
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