Monday, June 11, 2007

Shorter-Rodgers Rivalry Renewed in Middletown

I love stories like this one. Running legends Frank Shorter and Bill Rodgers are both 59 years old now, yet neither one can stand to lose to the other after all these years! I remember reading about their rivalry at the Middletown, NY Orange Classic 10K in SI when I was a kid in the early 1980s. (Man, those Kenny Moore articles were great, weren't they?) I remember Shorter being hampered by injuries all the time back then while Rodgers was in his prime. Yet Shorter always seemed to muster the courage to run through those injuries and win that race in his hometown. I was stunned to read that they're both still at each other a quarter of a century later! Shorter took it yet again, winning in 47:38 to Rodgers' 49:31.

Perhaps the better story is Ed Whitlock, age 76, who was way ahead of both Shorter and Rodgers in the Classic with a 70th place (out of 783 finishers) in a time of 41:14. Whitlock runs three hours a day when training for marathons. Truly Phenomenal.

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