Category Archives: My Back Pages

The 1983 Bostonfest Marathon

Last Friday, October 30th, was my son Loren’s 29th birthday. He was born just a few minutes before midnight, which meant that he just missed being born on Halloween. It’s true that by arriving on the 30th, he avoided having … Continue reading

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Faded Photograph: Field Day 1968

[What can I say? The end of the school year makes me wax nostalgic.] It was field day for the two fourth-grade classes who occupied adjacent rooms on the first floor of the old brick school building in North Amherst … Continue reading

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From the Archives: for Martha

(My mom was a runner without ever knowing it. I often wonder what would have happened if she had grown up at a time when girls were encouraged to run, not teased for being tomboys. I have no doubt that … Continue reading

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My Illustrious High Jump Career

The older I get, the more I relish opportunities to tell stories about my illustrious high school high jump career, even though I suspect I’m becoming that old codger with too many miles on the legs and too many stale … Continue reading

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Love for the DMR

On Saturday, at the Armory Track Invite in the Bronx, four American professional runners representing Team USA set a new world indoor record for the distance medley relay (DMR), running 9:19.93, just over six seconds faster than the previous mark. … Continue reading

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The Great Dairy Joy Run

The Beer Mile World Championships have come and gone, and the republic still stands — albeit a little unsteadily, and badly in need of a designated driver to get home safely. The competition at the BMWCs was fierce and, as … Continue reading

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From the Archives: All-States… Back in the Day

[Tomorrow, November 15th, 2014, the Mass. All-State Cross Country Meet takes place at Franklin Park in Boston. Hard to believe, but it was forty years ago that I finished 9th at that meet, far behind the 1-2 finish of Chicopee’s … Continue reading

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