Thursday, August 17

Missing Henry

There was an outside chance that The Man himself, Henry Rono, would run the Pearl Street Mile in Boulder tonight, but he was on his way back from a training camp for kids, and could not divert.

I'm disappointed, but also a bit relieved, as fit or not he would doubtless have run in his usual fearless, take-no-prisoners style.

All credit to the Kenyan maestro: he spent the last few days inspiring -- and being hammered into the dust by -- 7-12th graders at a Five-Star Cross Country Camp. It is great to see the Camp organisers make the point that Henry not only stunned the world by settng four world records in 80 days in 1978 (10,000, 5,000, 3,000 metres and 3,000 metres steeplechase), but that he ran without pacers and for two of them with hardly any spectators.

Henry, on the world record trail again, continues to inspire me and other masters athletes by publishing his daily training and sharing wisdom on a thread here.

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