PROFILE--Kathy Waldron has finished 28 Bostons in a row

Waldron has 28 Boston medals in her collection, more
than are shown here.
(6-2019) To some extent Kathy Waldron, who grew up one of 12 kids on a farm in Wisconsin, owes her Boston streak to her father, a runner, and her biggest supporter. When he read about Kathrine Switzer’s 1967 Boston Marathon finish, he wrote a letter to his daughter. It said: “Some day you will run the Boston Marathon.”  Waldron, now 60, still has that letter and credits her father for her strength and gumption. When he died, she buried him with her first Boston Marathon medal.

Profession/Career? I’m a jack-of-all-trades kind of woman. I once drove trucks across country, have been an administrative assistant at a hospital, and most recently I’ve been a school bus driver and a courier for a lab. I like to

PROFILE--George Hirsch has been running for 68 years

Historic photo of first NYC 5-boro marathon in 1976. Here,
Hirsch runs between the East River and FDR Drive in
 upper Manhattan.
(6-2019) George Hirsch is a true Renaissance man. He graduated magna cum laude from Princeton and received an MBA from Harvard, but never mentions either. He puts on no airs, and suffers none. In between the Ivy League schools, he served in the U.S. Navy. At 84, Hirsch can still run a 10:00-minute pace and afterwards do a Fun Run with his grand kids. He has lived a simple-but-productive and joy-filled life--one centered on people, passion, principle, and running.

Your profession/career: I was in magazine publishing (New York Magazine, Runners’ World) and am now the chairman of New York Road Runners. I was born in a New York Hospital and grew up in New Rochelle, a born and bred New Yorker. I was active and played many sports when I was young, but my sister who is two years older than me was the athlete in the family. When I showed up for playground baseball games, I just prayed

PROFILE--Randy Stroud has run 46 Peachtree 10Ks in a row. On deck, # 47

(5-2019) During the 80s decade Randy Stroud sported a Frank Shorter style mustache, wore little red running shorts, and clocked fast times such as a 2:21 at the 1981 Boston Marathon. He’s still fast and still has the same passion for running that he discovered in 1969. He fondly remembers carrying the 1984 Olympic torch as part of a relay team through Atlanta, and his many Peachtree Road Race 10Ks. This July 4th, the 65-year-old will be running his 47th in a row.

Career-profession? After retiring from AT&T/Lucent Technologies in 2001, I became the Facilities Manager at our church. I continue in that role today, and also work part-time at Big Peach Running Company in Kennesaw, Ga. I’ve been married to my high school sweetheart for 44 years.  We have a son and daughter, both married, and they have blessed us with 5 grandchildren.

When and why did you start running? I was a high school sophomore. Exercise was not necessarily a priority growing up.  I did the usual kid stuff including playing organized baseball and high school basketball. Went out for football and decided I was too small, and that fall our high school was starting cross-country for the first time. I made the team and was our number one runner for my sophomore, junior and senior years.  I was also our number one runner in the mile and two-mile during track season for those three years.

Did you have an early inspiration or person who motivated you?  No one in particular, I just enjoyed the training and competition of running.  When I worked for AT&T, I ran with their corporate running team that competed on a national level against other corporations so that motivated me to keep running.When I joined ATC (Atlanta Track Club) I was selected to be a part of their men’s competitive team, Atlanta Track Club Elite. So, maybe I am motivated by competition.

How much did you run per week in your peak years? Now? During peak years I ran between 100 and 125 miles a week.  Now, somewhere between 30-40 miles a week.
With Mike Anderson (left) and Kirk Larson.

How did you train differently now vs then?  I ran more miles, with more intense training.  Now, I run fewer miles and less intense workouts, but still try to do track workouts once a week. I am currently coached by Andrew Begley from ATC, who works with Atlanta Track Club elite and masters runners.

What were some of your memorable races? That has to be my Peachtree Road Races. This will by my 47th in a row (missed the first three as I was still in high school and didn’t know about the race).  Best Peachtree time: 30:02 in 1982, best place was 14th in 1976. Other bests:
*** Best Boston Marathon: 2:21:06 4/20/1981
*** Marathon PR: 2:18:18 1980 Huntsville Rocket City Marathon Huntsville, AL
*** 10K PR: 29:19 Dannon 10K in Atlanta around 1982 (have newspaper article but not date and somehow failed to record in my running log)
*** Half Marathon PR: 66:50 Frostbite ½ Marathon Nashville, TN. I have run in over 718 races in my 50 years of running at all distances, but excelled at the longer distances.

Has your diet/weight changed through the years?  My weight has not changed much throughout the years. I went vegan about 20 years ago.

Cross Training: I have never really cross trained.  The only time I did was when I had surgery on my right knee. Then I rode the bike until I could start walking and running again.

With Janice, wife of 44 years
How important is social running to you. And how are you adapting to slower times? I usually train alone, but on a rare occasion have run with friends. I can adapt to slower times. It’s a matter of knowing what your body can do and as we age recovery is a very important aspect to continued success.

Obstacles along the way:  A micro-fracture on my right knee in April, 2010.  I was unable to run for about one year in order for my knee to completely heal, not knowing if I would be able to run and compete again.  Thankfully, following successful surgery and physical therapy, I was able to return to running.

A favorite quote:  “If you fail to prepare, you have prepared to fail.” Benjamin Franklin

Running philosophy:  Training and consistency are vital to successful running.
A few years back ... like
1982 setting 10K PR, 29:19

How has running helped you with the aging process? It has been vitally important in helping me not feel my age (about to be 65). Overall, I am healthier than my non-running friends and have never been on any regular medications, only vitamins. I am also more active and mobile than my non-running friends.

What are the biggest lessons (life lessons and running lessons) you have learned? Discipline and consistency are vital to running and living well.

What three tips would you give to a younger runner who wants to run for life?  
1--You get out of it what you put into it. 
2--Be consistent.
3--Most importantly, enjoy it.

Guesstimate your lifetime miles.  As of May 18, 2019, I have 78,683 documented miles.  My first four years of running I did not keep any log books, so I guesstimate my lifetime running miles to be around 83,000 miles.

PROFILE: Jon Sutherland has run every day for the last 50 years

Sutherland began his serious running at
Cal State University Northridge,
and set six track records there.
(5-2019) On Sunday morning in West Hills, CA, Jon Sutherland will celebrate his 50th year of running every single day. In fact, he's done way better than that, averaging 10 miles a day through the duration of his streak. According to Streak Runners International, his streak is now the longest in the world, and the second-longest ever, after only Ron Hill's 52+ years (19,032 days). On Sunday, Sutherland, 68, will hit 18,263 days in a row. People told him he was crazy to undertake his running streak. To which Sutherland responds, "I've never been happier than I am now because I trusted my instincts and my heart!" (If you live nearby, you can join the run and celebration of Sutherland's achievement at the Victory Trail Head in West Hills.)

Career-profession? I spent most of my career in the music business which is toxic to distance running. I was probably the top heavy-metal journalist in the U.S. for a decade. I've been to more than one thousand rock concerts, including 179 in 1991 alone. People ask what I did in the music business, and I say, "Everything except for making money and doing drugs."

When and why did you start running? I was a baseball pitcher with a nasty curve ball! And I thought running would help my ambition to last longer on the mound. I started running 2-3 miles a day the summer of 1969, and then in September I met Laszlo Tabori and Mark Covert, and I went to 100 miles a week in a month. I often wonder if anybody else has ever done that.

How much did you run during your peak years? I was a big mileage guy 100 miles a week for thirty years. 120 when I was at my best. We were the volume generation!

Top races or running achievements? My best race probably was Bay to Breakers in 1977. I made the podium! I got third. In February 1979 I ran a modest 29:32 10,000m on the track, and it was the best time in the country. It lasted about a week after all the big league runners from the east coast got out of the snow. My PRs are 13:51 5K, and 28:51 10K.

Estimate of your total lifetime miles? 198,000 miles over 51 years.
Running on a favorite local trail.

Do you prefer social running or solo running? I've run most of my miles alone. But I've also run with Mark Covert, Dave Babiracki, Steve Prefontaine, Frank Shorter, Gordon Pirie, Ron Clarke, Peter Snell, Jim Ryun, Ron Hill, Dave Bedford, Jos Hermens, Rod Dixon, John Walker, Dick Quax, Garry Bjorklund, Bill Rodgers, Tom Fleming, Don Kardong, Craig Virgin, Marty Liquori, Alberto Salazar, Lasse Viren, and a few more.

Current running, cross-training, stretching, strength work, etc? I run 3-5 miles a day. I'd like to run more but West Hills is very hilly. It's not called West Flats. I stretch a lot--that's what lions and tigers do to stay strong. I'm convinced there are no gyms in the jungle.

Any recent race results? I'm 68 now, and the last race I ran was a 3K when I was 62. It was a tribute for a runner on my Notre Dame HS team. Mark Covert was the timer. I got second and yelled at Mark--"Did I win my age group?" I've run 619 races, and figure that's enough.

Does getting slower bother you? Yeah it sucks. I really miss fast workouts and the burn you feel afterwards!

Dietary and weight changes? Supplements? Not really. I've weighed 160 lbs. at 6'4" for 45 years. I eat real smart, but I admit I drink bad. I have never tried coffee so I drink 8 oz. of Dr.Pepper to wake up. And I confess I'm a big Sam Adams fan!!

Injuries and/or health issues? During my soon to be 50-year streak I've had three surgeries and 10 broken bones and I ran through them all. As we used to say, "Where there is a will, there is a way."
Any favorite inspirational quotes? "Great is the victory but the friendship is greater", Emil Zatopek.

"Speed is a gift, endurance is an achievement." Herb Elliott

"The only tactics I admire are do or die." Herb Elliott

Three short tips for those seeking a lifetime of running?
1--Take you time.
2--Measure your effort.
3--Every years--at 40, 50, 60, and so on--wipe out your PRs and start new!

How does running & fitness improve your life? I owe all I have--my life, my career, my job, my reputation--to doing something that most people told me not to do. I've never been happier than I am now because I trusted my instincts and my heart!

What's your philosopy of life, aging, and running? That's easy--Just go do it.

PROFILE--Now 82, Libby James has been running for 48 years

(5-2019) In 2016, youthful 80-year-old Libby James broke the USATF 80-84 5K record with her 25:14 clocking (8:07/mile) in Syracuse NY. James also holds the current USA  records for the 80-84 age-group in the 10K and 15K distances. On Memorial Day she’ll be running the Bolder Boulder 10K, where she holds the age-group record (62:22) by a mere ...18 minutes.

Your career/profession? I’ve had a checkered career that includes 15 years working with single teen mothers to help them get GEDs and jobs. I’ve edited local magazines and done lots of freelance writing. Currently I write regularly for the North Forty News based in Fort Collins. I’ve published five books, three for young people, one on running and one that grew out of my experience living in

PROFILE: Norm Spitzig has been running for 53 years

Half Marathon, Dec, 2018
Norm Spitzig figures that he has run 2000 miles or more for 46 years. He hopes to reach 50, and then maybe to taper off a bit. At age 68 going on 69, Spitzig ran a 1:56 half marathon last December. He's fond of quoting Albus Dumbledore from Harry Potter: “It is not our abilities that show who we really are. It is our choices.” He also reminds us all not to sweat the small stuff, because it's ALL small stuff.

Career-profession? I spent my professional life working in the world of private clubs, early on as a general manager and, for the past two decades, as Principal and Senior Partner in Master Club Advisors, where I continue to focus my efforts on executive search, leadership workshops for boards of directors, strategic planning facilitation, and speaking to assorted club associations and groups literally around the world. All four of my private-club-centered novels (Private Clubs in America and around the World, Murder and Mayhem at Old Bunbury, How Now, Norm’s Tao, and Soul on Nice) continue to sell reasonably well because, well, most everyone agrees that they are pretty darn funny. (Book details are available at and

When did you start running and why? I began running regularly as a junior in high school, I think because I didn’t make the football, basketball and baseball teams—and I dearly wanted to participate/compete in a sport. (Cross country here I come!) It has turned out spectacularly well for me: I’ve been running, and loving every minute of it, for over fifty years!

How much did you run in your peak years, miles/week? I had one year when I surpassed 3,000 logged running miles back in the early 1980’s, but far more importantly, I have been very consistent in striving for, and almost always reaching, at least 2,000 logged running miles in any  given calendar year—something that I have accomplished 46 times during my time on earth. I’m hoping to make it an even 50 before I begin to back off a bit.

Top performances or running achievements? My best time in the marathon is 2:51:30, recorded at the 1982 America’s Marathon in Chicago. Other “notable” personal bests (at least from my perspective!) are:
*** my 1982 Fort Wayne 50-mile run in 6:49:04,
*** my 35:50 in the 1982 Cincinnati Home Loan 10K,
*** my fifty-five minutes flat in the 1981 Cincinnati “Mini-Marathon” (15 kilometers), and
*** my 1:21:02 in the 1981 Covington (Kentucky) Wade YMCA Half Marathon.
Norm and wife, Cody

Total lifetime miles? That’s an easy one: I officially surpassed 100,000 logged running miles on March 27th , 2019. My highest weekly mileage is right at 100, a feat that I accomplished exactly once. (And that was enough!) As of this writing, I am around 100,100 miles, “off and running” on my second one-hundred-thousand miles!

Current running, cross-training, strength and stretching?
I do a fair amount of stretching before and after my runs, but my cross-training and strength work are virtually non-existent (unless you count my “reps” raising the evening glasses of Chardonnay to my mouth!).

A recent race result? I’m not sure if what I do still qualifies as “racing”, but I do faithfully participate in one (and only one) running event each year: The Mount Dora, Florida Half Marathon every third Sunday in December. I ran a 1:56:43 in the 2018 event, a mere 35:41 slower than my personal best over the same distance in Kentucky thirty-eight years ago. Alas, tempus fugit.

Does getting slower bother you? How do you stay motivated? Not one bit! I still very much love to run—and decades of experience tells me that, no matter how badly I feel right before I start, I will surely feel a whole lot better, both physically and mentally, when I finish. People who are
looking for “motivation” to run are missing the point; just get out there and do it like you always do!

Any changes in diet, weight, supplement usage? My wife, Cody, is an excellent cook—she owns a wonderful little breakfast and lunch cafĂ© in downtown Mount Dora FL called Cody’s on 4 th (—so I’ve always been spoiled with healthy, tasty, home-cooked food. Lucky me! My daily “supplements” currently consist of a multivitamin, an aspirin, some potato chips and Chardonnay.

Injuries or other health setbacks? I have been very blessed when it comes to my running: I have had very few injuries—and those that I have had have been minor. I attribute this to a combination of luck, clean living, good genes, and the fact that I have enough sense to “back off” or take a day or two off if and when I sense something “wrong” with my body. I just don’t have the temperament to be a streak runner, out there each and every single day come hell or high water.

Favorite inspirational quotes?
1--"The six best doctors in the world are sunlight, rest, exercise, diet, self-confidence and friends.” – Steve Jobs
(2) “It is not our abilities that show who we really are. It is our
choices.” – Albus Dumbledore
(3) “You can stand me up at the gates of hell and I won’t back down.” –Tom Petty
(4) “When I get my big raise, I’m going to spend ninety percent of it on wine, women and song. I’ll probably waste the other ten percent.” – Dizzy Dean

Three short tips for hopeful lifetime runners?
1--Take it one day at a time,
2--Keep your sense of perspective and sense of
3--Never forget this most basic rule of life: “Don’t sweat the small stuff—and it’s ALL small stuff.”

How does running and fitness improve your life on a daily/weekly basis? Running soothes the “Savage Type-A Beast” in me, it keeps me mentally sharp and physically fit, and it adds purpose and meaning to my life. Who could ask for more?!

How would you describe your philosophy of life, running, and aging? There is a large volume of research, beginning with the landmark MacArthur Foundation Study on Aging about 30 ago, that clearly demonstrates that much more is possible than once thought as we age. In fact, we now know that 70% of physical aging, and about 50% of mental aging, is determined by lifestyle—the choices we make every day. Rather than being a process of steady decline, aging can be a time of growth if we maintain our physical and mental skills, reduce our risk for disease and injury, and stay productive and engaged with life. Running dovetails into this research perfectly!

PROFILE--John Cahill is running (and racing) strong at age 95

Cahill races a 5K in Utah last fall.
(5-2019) In John Cahill's most recent race, the first weekend in April, he clocked a 2:54:25. That's about 10 minutes faster than his marathon time 23 years ago when he was 72. Of course, now that he's 95, Cahill is not running hard marathons any longer. As he says of his recent 2:54: "Not bad for an 11K." And we agree. He also says, "I will continue to get to the start lines on time, and to reach the finish." We like that attitude too, because it's all about attitude. Right?

Your career/profession? I practiced law for 26 years.  Then I decided to get an honest job. I am in the ski lodge business now.

When did you start running and why? I started in 1986 when I was 62 years of age.  I started running because I was overweight and wanted