I revised my report. Names of the innocent have been removed.
I ran my own race out there for the entire 3:15 and did not hold back or pick it up for anyone.
The standard for an Equinox
legacy is for sub 3 times, top 5 finishes. I arrived here at age 46 and got one top 5. Other than that you're SOL.
Masters legacies are a bit more open-ended. It more has to do with and consecutive marathons (or
lifetime in the double figures) and how "in" you are.
Anyway, below is a just the facts summary of things that are not on
the official record (EQ report).
I was here for 11 Equinoxes, and
participated in all of them just not all were the marathon. Of five starts in
the marathon, five finishes all of them top 10. Just one outright masters title
(2004), but four age class wins (and one 2nd place), and three more
overall masters (40+) runners-up. Also I wrap up with four age records (48, 50,
55, 56), and were it not for the 2+ minute train delay in 2004 it would be five
for five. Have talked some about age grading over the years, and finish now
with the 2nd highest male masters age grade. The official report
doesn’t list that. It’s pretty damn obvious they don’t really like carpetbaggers
here in Alaska.
Also, although this category is not acknowledged, oldest top 10 finisher with a
7th at 55 and 8th at 56, and second oldest top 5 finisher
with that 5th in 2004. No
I also participated in three
relays, doing each leg once. I truly enjoyed those experiences and sharing the
fun with other runners. Each was a win. In 2007 we won the men’s title (Paul
Greci, Roy Strandberg), 2009 I was the improbable third leg with a couple of
fine young runners (Werner Hoefler and David Norris) and we ran the 2nd
fastest relay ever (now 3rd), and in 2011 teamed up with a couple of
fellow masters (Mark Lindberg and Hannibal Grubis), and we broke the all-time
In years that I did not run
(injury, or focusing on other things) I participated on race day by working on
the race course. The Out and Back Aid station in 2005 when I had a stress
fracture, Sheep Creek crossing in 2010, and Henderson Road turn off in 2012.
So that’s my legacy and I’m not
disappointed, and leave with no regrets (well except maybe for that train and a
couple ill-timed injuries).