Hello, shut-ins far and wide. As we all cope with the ongoing shelter-at-home lockdown, let’s go back in time some 40 years when the sport of road racing was still in its Boom years and we could all gather in great numbers with enthusiasm rather than concern.
Today, we take you back to Far Hills, New Jersey for the 1980 Midland Run 15K, one of the top road races of the era. The following is the race call from that May morning, featuring three New Jersey natives: my Runner’s Digest radio show co-host, the sadly departed Todd Miller; race director Bob Bright, who would go on to direct the Chicago Marathon in 1982 as it turned from a regional to an international-quality event; and 1976 Olympic steeplechaser Mike Roche.
Post-race interviews with a few athletes and Bob Bright follow as we discuss the future of the sport during a time when running was making its move into the Big Time and excitement levels were sky high. Enjoy.