(Apr. 2021) Hal Goforth has a particular fondness for the Boston Marathon, which he has completed 39 times. He set his marathon PR in Boston in 1981 with a 2:28:33. In 1998, when 53.5, he won the 50-59 division. He has also been an eight- time winner of his age-group in the BAA Half Marathon. Now 76, Goforth lives in El Cajon CA, but also spends a month or two each year deep-sea fishing off the Florida Keys. Despite injuries and a heart-valve replacement in recent years, he continues to train regularly with his running partners in San Diego. "Build relationships that will last a lifetime," he says.BS Degree in Biology at U of Fla, MS Degree in Marine Biology at U of South Florida, later received a PhD. in Kinesiology at UCLA, then became a Research Physiologist at the Naval Health Research Center. (At the same time, I taught Kinesiology and Marine Sciences at Point Loma Nazarene Univ. for 17 yrs.) I also coached men’s High School X-Country at La Jolla High for 3 yrs. and later 3 years as an Assistant X-Country coach at San Diego’s Grossmont High School.
|An early Mission Bay Marathon|
Injuries or illnesses? I have had way too many surgeries the past ~12-19 years to be competitive (e.g., Right and Left meniscus trim surgeries (2006-2010), Right knee partial surgery, Left Knee full replacement (2018-2019), rotator cuff/tendon surgery hit from behind by a lady in a wheel chair in Boston Medley (2015) , Aortic valve replacement (August 2012-2013).