Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The Elger Archives- Oktoberfest Marathon 1976, LaCrosse, Wisconsin

This start of this race was high above the Mississippi River in the LaCrosse "bluffs". All I remember is flying through an early 2 mile downhill stretch in 10 minutes or even under, then later paying dearly for that pounding. I was in very good shape back in those days, so 2:36:21 was disappointing. U of Wisconsin-LaCrosse runner Tom Antczak won in a decent 2:22:23. He won the NAIA marathon in 1978 and was USA Marathon Champion in 1979. Note Dr. Alex Ratelle in 10th, who ran 2:44:24 at age 52.

There was a good after party.

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