“No man working 40-hours a week will ever beat me in a marathon.” – Four-time Boston Marathon champion Bill Rodgers.
After winning the 1975 Boston Marathon in an American record 2:09:55, Bill Rodgers returned to his job as a special education teacher. He’d been a conscientious objector during the Vietnam War, and carried a sense of societal responsibility common to his generation. But when his principal kept asking if it was really necessary that he train during his lunch break, Bill knew he had to choose. He followed the path to running history, winning three more Bostons, four New Yorks and a Fukuoka (Japan).
Today, the depth of distance running talent is far greater than in Rodger’s era, and to say the world’s top runners live all but monastic lives to prepare for their major competitions is being generous to monks. And yet, defending Boston Marathon champion Wesley Korir of Kenya has recently taken on a responsibility that would leave even the affable Mr. Rodgers shaking his head in disbelief. (more…)