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A photo of Pre from our files used as a cover by Runner’s World from December 2009.
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Not “Pre”. The legend of Steve Prefontaine grew larger each year he has been gone. Some love his defiant spirit, has aggressive, lead every race tough approach to running. Others find nothing positive in a young man whose life was lost in a car crash under the influence of alcohol. Everyone has an opinion about Pre. An unrecognized truth is everyone’s life changed when Prefontaine died. A family lost a son and brother forever. Since 1975 the Prefontaine family has never had peace in their life, they will always miss their son, their brother.
The first woman to run the Boston Marathon. When the social fabric of America was about to change, a young woman from Massachusetts snuck into the sacred “men only” Boston Marathon and changed the race and women’s place in society forever. Bobbi Gibb participated 3 times in the Boston Athletic Association’s Patriot’s day run causing the thoughtful person to say “sure, why not?”
Van Cortlandt Park. New York City 1968 Greg Fredericks and Donal Walsh. Penn State and Villanova. Freshman. USA and Ireland. Future Olympians. This great picture in Van Cortlandt Park is a highlight of our 12,000 photo collection. 2 young men running for their storied University traditions and themselves battle to the last stride in conditions that cross country runners know well. Fredericks edged Walsh. Both runners later earned spots on their Olympic teams, Walsh at the 1972 Munich Games in the marathon for Ireland, Fredericks made the U.S. team in the 10,000 meter run. His Olympic team never got to the 1980 Moscow Games.
The runner. No one has had a life like Ron Hill. Hill has a Ph.D in Chemistry, is a 3 time Olympian representing Great Britain, a pioneering businessman, an author, a runner’s runner. Hill’s legacy may be as the man who has never missed a day of running. Ron’s 1970 Boston Marathon victory in horrible conditions is one of the best marathons ever run. In the midst of his best running, Hill ran 2:10:30 besting marathon novice Eamon O’Reilly. Hill won prestigious marathons such as the Commonwealth Games and European Championships during his years at the top of International running. He spends his life globe trotting to races where he is a charming and humble guest of the race directors.
Once upon a time, Indoor Track thrived in the United States. A traveling circus of athletes would gather whenever they could to run, jump and throw in arenas, large and small, in the Northern Hemisphere. This shot of Eamon O’Reilly in the Boston Garden spotlights an era gone by. At one time more than 20 events were staged in cities like Boston, New York Cleveland, Albuquerque, Seattle, Portland Los Angeles and Toronto. The sport thrived for spectators and athletes. Athletes competed in one meet on Friday night then hurried to another city to do it once again on Saturday.
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Sid Sink was one of America’s finest runners in the early 70s. He set the tone for his Bowling Green State University team with an American record in the Steeplechase and was considered a threat to win at the Steeplechase and the 3 mile/5000 meter distance. His teammate Dave Wottle won the 800 meters in the Munich Olympics. John L. Parker, Jr. wrote, “Once a Runner”, the semi fictional book serious and casual runners quoted as they explored the life of the best runners in the world. His personal running journey with the Florida Track Club gave Parker deeper insights on running itself. He articulated on the world previously unknown or misunderstood by the masses. The running boom exploded at the same time. Parker suddenly became a star in the world of running writers.
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The first man under 3:50 in the mile, Walker also was the first (of only 3) to run over 100 sub 4 minute miles. The 1976 Olympic Gold medalist in the 1500 meter run, the long haired Walker was also the first “rock star runner”. His amazing durability eventually turned to nagging injuries that put an end to his career, a career that spanned 20 years and yielded 129 sub 4 miles.
Changing of the Guard Jim Ryun, the superb miler from Wichita and Kansas University, reigned the mid 60s shortly after he burst on the scene as the first High School runner to break 4 minutes in the mile. Liquori, the 3rd High School runner to break 4, arrived with almost as much thunder. One year after his sub 4, he joined Ryun on the 1968 U.S. Olympic 1500 team in Mexico City. Ryun came home with a Silver medal, Liquori didn’t make the final. Ryun made the 1972 Munich Olympic team but fell in the 1500 meter heats. Liquori was World ranked number 1 in 1971 in the 1500 meters/mile and 1977 in the 5000 meters but never made another Olympic team.
It was likely August of 1982. Tom Derderian and I were in beautiful Magnolia, Massachusetts speaking with Peter Pfitzinger. As I recall, Pete had moved away from his Newton training center and was living close to the ocean with his soon to be wife, Chris. He had plantar fasciitis. Life was mixed. Although one of Boston’s better runners at the time, I hardly expected Pete to steal the ’84 Olympic Trials with a runaway then a sprint over other highly rated Bostonians, Bill Rodgers, Greg Meyer and Massachusetts native Alberto Salazar. Self belief, great discipline and well thought out training and race execution are staples of a Pete Pfitzinger approach to sport.
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Products of California age group running in the 70s, Wysocki and Decker met in the 1984 Olympic Trials 1500 meter run in what seemed to be a sure victory for Decker. The World Champion in the 1500 and 3000 meters, Decker had stunned the Soviets the previous summer in the inaugural World Championships. Wysocki waited until the last straight away and sprinted pass the surprised Decker.
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The premier event for all distance runners the World Cross Country event for 38 years has brought Milers to Marathoners together to determine the best distance runner “on the day” as the Brits would say. Our library contains pictures from the 1992 Championship in Boston only the 2nd time the race was run in the United States. Future Olympic Champions and World record holders Haile Gebrselassie and Hicham El Guerrouj both participated in the Junior Championship held at Franklin Park.
That’s about it.
But I need to make a little money to let me do the first two. I can sleep just about anywhere.
Turns out, a former professional sports photographer I know has a lot of classic shots of road, track, and cross country runners. I had the idea of making them available to people who might enjoy them as much as I do. They are historic, classic, memorable, and most of all inspiring.
I’ve put some of them together into sets of cards, some I’ve printed up as posters, others I’m still thinking about. They’re just what you need to help you run more miles. You can also send them to a friend, if you have one. (If you don’t have a friend, frame them and put them on your wall like my first customer did.)
Ordering is simple. Look through Products page, and choose from cards, posters, books and t-shirts.
I’ll find the time–in between running, eating, and sleeping–to send you the things you need.