From The Analytical Distance Runner, the newsletter for the Association of Road Racing Statisticians with a focus on races, 3000m and longer, including road, track, and cross-country events. The ARRS has a website at ARRS.net.
From Ken Young - firstname.lastname@example.org
10 Years Ago- Mohamed Farah (ENG) won the gold medal at the SPAR European Cross Championships (ITA) 10K
with Juan-Carlos delaOssa Yunta (ESP) ten seconds back for the silver medal. The bronze
medalist Mustafa Mohamed (SWE) was another two seconds back. Tatyana Holovchenko (UKR)
got a one second win over Mariya Konovalova (RUS) in the women's 8K with Olivera Jevtic
(SER) taking the bronze medal, two seconds back of Konovalova.
20 Years Ago- The California International (CA/USA) lived up to its name as no Americans reached the podium.
Patrick Muturi (KEN) was eight seconds ahead of Michal Bartoszak (POL), 2:14;19 TO 2:14:27
with Abderazzak Haki (MAR) completing the podium at 2:15:00. The women's race went to
Rizoneide Vanderlei (BRA) who finished well ahead of Tatyana Maslova (RUS), 2:35:46 to 2:37:17.
Krystyna Pieczulis (POL) was the 3rd woman at 2:37:51.
30 Years Ago- Jeff Rawlins (USA) ran ten seconds faster than runner-up Christopher Prior (USA) to win the
10th edition of the WZYP Rocket City (AL/USA) Marathon. Craig Thompson (USA) finished
3rd at 2:19:24. Karlene Herrell (USA) won the women's race by nearly two minutes over
Karen Cosgrove (OH/USA), 2:45:14 to 2:47:02. Kim Trupp (AL/USA) ran 2:47:11 for 3rd.
In contrast, this year's male winner ran 2:28:51 and Erica Speegle (USA) at 2:41:45 was the
only woman under 2:50.
40 Years Ago- Duncan Macdonald (USA) won the 4th edition of the Honolulu (HI/USA) Marathon, clocking a
2:20:37. Ronald Wayne (USA) was next at 2:21:26 and Jack Fultz (USA) was 3rd at 2:24:05.
Other notables included Jeff Galloway (USA) in 4th (2:24:42), Ken Moore (USA) in 5th
(also in 2:24:42), Tony Sandoval (USA) in 7th (2:28:02), Jack Foster (NZL) in 8th (2:28:12),
Mike Tymn (USA) in 13th (2:32:17), and Don Kardong (USA) in 17th (2:33:24). Kim Merritt (USA)
won the women's race in a then course record of 2:44:44. Elizabeth Richards (AUS) was next at
2:50:26 and Gayle Barron (USA) was 3rd at 2:52:16. Other notables included Joan Ullyot (USA)
in 5th (3:07:13), Cindy Dalrymple (USA) in 6th (3:08:01), and Ruth Anderson (USA) in 10th
50 Years Ago- Michael Kimball (USA) won the 19th edition of the Western Hemisphere (CA/USA) Marathon in
2:27:10.4 with Eugene Comroe (USA) next at 2:29:52.4. Other notables included John Brennand
(USA) in 6th (2:33:13), six-time Pike's Peak champion Steve Gachupin (NM/USA) in 8th (2:36:26),
and ultramarathoner Robert Deines (USA) in 12th (2:40:58).
60 Years Ago- Keizo Yamada (JPN) won the 10th edition of the Asahi Shimbun (Nagoya JPN) Marathon in
2:25:15. This race was held at various venues until finally settling at Fukuoka where
it held its 70th running last week.