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Standing at the start of the New York City Marathon in 1976 were 10-year-old Brad Kelley, who thought splits every few miles meant ice cream, and 15-year-old high school sophomore Tony Ruiz, who a day after setting a cross-country PR at Van Cortlandt Park was looking to work in a long run with one of his buddies. What could possibly go wrong? Their stories of the race and more recent feats—wearing a Central Park Track Club singlet, Brad returned in 2016 to run a 2:50 at age 50, and Tony has become one of the club’s iconic coaches—complete our series on the kids who ran NYCM in the disco era.
Brenn describes his close, but no cigar marathon (3:01:04) at NYC, with a nod to prior guests Uli Fluhme and Angela Ortiz, while Gregg highlights stellar performances by our listeners. Brenn and Gregg look optimistically to next year’s races, making a call for stronger butts and hips.
We’re joined by Desiree Linden in episode 31, just days after her fifth place finish at the New York City Marathon. The uber-cool elite describes her windblown NYC race and outlines the Hansons-Brooks training approach that turned the 2:44 debutante into a 2:22 runner and one of the world’s best. Elsewhere, we recap pros who took flight in the fall marathon season, those whose wings were clipped, and a few missing in action. Brenn details his NYC race where the proof was in the pudding, and Gregg gets on the soapbox to draw inspiration from a race walker.
The Big Apple is buzzing over the return of the marathon, and in Episode 16 we get multiple perspectives on the race. Sam Grotewold, who manages the pro field for New York Road Runners, gives us his inside info on the elites and a few sleeper picks. He even tells us who’ll be on “Mary’s Truck” mulling a marathon debut in the years ahead. Local legend Alan Ruben of the Central Park Track Club talks about his amazing string of 25 straight NYC marathons, the last 23 of which were under 3 hours, and offers tips for the course he knows so well. Later on, Brenn discusses Tony Reavis’ blog entry on keeping up with the Kenyans, and Gregg gets on the Soapbox to say enough to all the advice for Ryan Hall.
When you are feeling great during a marathon, at what point do you leave your goal pace behind and go for broke? In episode 15, rising marathon star Ryan Vail gives us his in-race strategy as he prepares for the NYC Marathon. Elsewhere in the episode, Gregg shares advice from Jaymee Marty’s blog as he laces up for Saturday’s Hartford Marathon, which will mark Cloud259’s first crack at the three hour barrier. Brenn gets on the soapbox and comments on the anticipation surrounding Ryan Hall’s return to the long race.