Still a Runner

A Blog by Mary Lou Harris

304 Years of Wisdom

Here we are on the eve of Thanksgiving Day in the U.S. and there are four men in particular who are thankful to continue their running careers.

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At packet pickup on City Island, Tony, Lee, Jim and Brad bringing with them 304 Years of Running Wisdom, are ready for marathon morning.

Competing against 84 other relay teams at the Enders Harrisburg Marathon earlier this month, my favorite team, 304 Years of Wisdom, placed 69th, finishing ahead of 16 other teams.

My friends, Tony (age 73, Brad (age70), Jim (age 74) and Lee (age 87), displayed their 304 combined years of wisdom on this nearly perfect day for running. 

Believe it or not, there was not a category for a 70 & over relay division award. Our good friends on the Silver Streaks team took first place in the 60 & over category, the oldest designated category. Perhaps we can lobby for a 70+ category for 2019.

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Looking as fresh at the finish as at the start, 304 Years of Wisdom convene near the finish line for a congratulatory beverage.

I was honored to be one of two designated backup runners if any of the above had to drop due to any number of problems that people in our age category run upon. Alas (and good for them) I was not needed.

I had earlier deferred from the full marathon as a change in travel plans left little time for even a semblance of taper miles and had me returning home late in the week of the marathon.

So, while my brave 70+ running friends were challenging the course, my contribution was to stand near the finish line ringing a cowbell and shouting appreciative comments to finishers.

Lee ran the final leg for the team and crossed the marathon finish line with a total team time of 4:46:43 and an average pace of 10:57.

Enjoy that Thanksgiving dinner, my age-group friends. You have earned it.

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Added bonus for Lee, age 87. Two daughters from out of town surprise him at the finish line. He is planning for a repeat in 2019.

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8 Comments»

  Kelly Leighton wrote @

Love this story! What a great and inspiring group of runners.

  Still a Runner wrote @

Yes, great inspiration and great friendship. Although, they didn’t have a chance against your relay team (second place relay team overall!) at half their (and my) age.

  Kelly Leighton wrote @

Haha! We got lucky, what can I say?! 😉
I hope to be running just as strong as you all later in life.

  suzlearnsfrench wrote @

Love our running communities – we so understand each other. I hope I am still running or walking with vigor in my 70’s and 80’s.

  Still a Runner wrote @

I hope you are as well. I’m counting on you to continue the legacy!

  suzlearnsfrench wrote @

I’ll try – 53 now, thought I’d try for my 60th.

  Denise McMindes Losch wrote @

What a great group of runners, the comradery an friendship they share. But I am a bit partial to the 87 year old who happens to be my Father. Keep it up Dad! You are a wonderful inspiration and I am so proud of you!

  Still a Runner wrote @

Thanks, Denise. And you dad did a great job at the Cocoa Bean 5K yesterday as well.


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