Saturday, June 14, 2008

Two Kiwi's and Me

Which of the guys in the picture above won the New York Marathon? Yes, THAT New York Marathon? Well it wasn't the guy in the middle.

Today being Saturday, it was the weekly Team In Training run. This week, for a change, the Annapolis, Baltimore and Howard County groups were joining together at a central location near BWI Airport.

Joining the Baltimore group was kiwi (thanks Andrew for the kiwi reference) number one, Bruce Cleland. Bruce is training to run Baltimore in the Fall to celebrate TNT's 20th anniversary and runs weekly with the Baltimore group.

Visiting Bruce this week was a kiwi mate of his, Rod Dixon, who just happened to win the NY marathon in 1983. Rod's the guy on the left. He has put together a pretty neat program called Kid's Marathon that gets schools and marathons to team up to get kids active. Over the course of a number of weeks, kids complete 26 miles of running and walking and receive a medal. Neat guy.

For the first half mile of today's run, Rod and Bruce were no match for my well rested legs, but alas, the overtook me finish just ahead at the end. Seriously, as he passed me I was amazed how slow Rod looked. Long legs just moving him forward. Very impressive. 5 3/4 for me today with lots of heat and humidity to enjoy as well.



Andrew is getting fit said...

I bet they were great guys too!

Amy said...

Oddly enough, they kinda look like Kiwis!

Damn long legged people. Its every I can do to attempt to look graceful whilst running. Unfortunately, that is one accomplishment I have yet to meet!

Slow and steady wins the race right? :)

You look great Jeff. Way to go!

Daiquiri princess said...

What awesome running mates.

CoachLiz said...


How totally awesome!!! I am so glad that you had that experience to meet the man that started it all.

I'm a little jealous, ya know...

Cheryl said...

Awesome! I don't know how I missed this post before. Way cool to be running with these guys!