Thursday, March 19, 2009

Racing Cross Country in Australia!

I ran this 8K cross country race in Brisbane, Australia at the World Masters Track and Field Championships in 2001. This "mud ditch" along with a nasty hill we had to run up 3 or 4 times just wasted me. Clearly I was fit (I ran 16:40 in the 5K and 2 hr 45 in the marathon at age 48), but not ready for hills. The next week I ran my 8K split in the marathon faster than I ran here. Olympic bronze medalist (1972 800 meters)and 1983 NY Marathon winner Rod Dixon of New Zealand (pictured in the above right photo) got 2nd- I remember he had a nasty cold and probably should not have been running.

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