A piece I wrote for the good folks at Tracksmith was put up on their website yesterday (11 Aug. 2022).
It’s a look back from 50 years at Frank Shorter‘s Olympic Marathon gold medal run at the 1972 Munich Games in Germany, and the Israeli team tragedy that preceded it.
I spoke with Frank at length from his new home in Falmouth, Massachusetts on Cape Cod earlier this summer in preparing the piece. He was both gracious with his time and reflective upon the experience that became modern running’s seminal event.
I look forward to catching up with him next week at the 50th running of the Falmouth Road Race, another of the foundational events of the running boom where his two wins against rival Bill Rodgers in 1975 & 1976 helped propel the sport of running into the American mainstream.