Bruce Fordyce has run 117,000 lifetime miles (March 1, 2017)

Bruce Fordyce
Johannesburg, South Africa
DOB: Dec. 3, 1955
Chicago Lakefront, 1984
[EDITOR'S NOTE: Bruce is one of the world's greatest distance runners, with nine victories in the Comrades Ultra Marathon. In many ways, he is the Bill Rodgers of South Africa: a dominant runner and even better and more politically-aware person. He was extremely helpful to me in my two Comrades runs. In fact, I wouldn't have finished the first except for Bruce's recommendation that I see his personal physiotherapist about an inflammed Achilles tendon. Ouch, that guy hurt me! But my Achilles was fine for the race several days later.]

So I’m approaching 200,000 kms which I should reach in early 2018. I started running at university (University of the Witwatersrand Johannesburg) on June 18th 1976 two days after the Soweto uprisings which affected me very deeply as a student. My direct plan was to train for and run the following years Comrades marathon in 1977 . With one or two very short breaks for post marathon recovery or injuries I have run consistently ever since. I have run over 150 ultra marathons in the 50 -100 km range and well over 300 marathons. 

Other race distances too numerous to count. I do keep a detailed training and racing diary. While my knees are starting to bother me I still run around 50-70 kilometres a week. I managed to run the New York City Marathon in 2:58 at age 55. But my knees have grown stiffer since then.

Highlights of my running career are 9 Comrades marathon wins where I broke the course record 5 times (1981-1990). I also finished 2nd and 3rd on two occasions. I was a member of the winning team 5 times. In total I have run 30 Comrades marathons. I also won 3 back-to-back London to Brighton races ( 53 miles) 1981-1983 and I won the AMA Us 50 mile champs in 1984 in Chicago in 4:50:51 setting a world and US time which still stands. In 1989 I ran 100 kms in6:25 which was a short-lived World record. This year I am running the Two Oceans 56 km in Cape Town for the 32nd time. My best there was 4th in 1983 in 3:13. I have run 15 Pieter Korkie 56 km races between Pretoria and Johannesburg winning it once in 1985 in 5:21 at high altitude.

My proudest achievement was receiving the President’s award for sport from Nelson Mandela. Also, winning the 1981 Comrades marathon in record time splattered with eggs and tomatoes thrown at me by angry white spectators because I wore a black armband in the race, protesting the race’s incorporation into the government’s celebration of 20 years of Apartheid.

My best times:
Mile 4:11
5000 metres 14:26
10000 metres 29:53  
Marathon 2:17:18
56 km. 3:13
50 miles 4: 50: 51 in Chicago 1984 4: 50 30 London to Brighton point to point course
100 kms 6:25

Kevin O'Grady has run 105,012 miles (Feb. 7, 2017)

On hiking trip, John Muir trail
Kevin O'Grady
Columbus, Ohio
DOB 12-11-1958
My first run was 7-4-1977 when I logged five miles. I had just graduated high school, had always played sports, and was looking for an outlet since organized activities had come to an end with matriculation. I ran sporadically until January 1978 when I took a jogging glass at Ohio State to fulfill my physical education requirement. There was a 10k road race sponsored by the local paper at quarters end and the class was a great way to prepare. 

Once that was accomplished, I entered the Dayton 1/2 marathon October '78, training all summer. To keep myself running through the winter , I entered the April 1, 1079 Athens ( Ohio ) marathon, finishing in 3:12, despite a long run of 16 miles. It was at the finish line that I decided that 26.2 miles was not that difficult and resolved to run 50 miles. Two friends and I decided to run 25 miles from town and return before we discovered an open ended endurance event in town. Together we three ran 52 miles in April 1981. It was there I discovered Ultrarunning magazine and the world of trail races. 

I did the Laurel Highlands Trail 70 miler in June 1982 and followed that with a solo 100 miler for charity, on a track, in July. Years of solid running in the 70-80 miles week range followed. A typical week involved 7 days of running with the occasional two a day. Marathons and Ultras were my preferred events. With the opening of my running store, Frontrunner in February 1987, I retired from competitive running, although I continued to participate in many events. 

The mid 90's saw me add the Nordic Track machine to my regimen. I sacrificed a couple running days to accommodate same. As the 2000's dawned I added the Concept 2 rower to the mix. Thus, I have migrated to a four day running week, typically no run shorter than 10 miles, and three days of other activities. A handful of days will see a double still. I also play Ice Hockey one or twice weekly and do 3 light weight workouts.

100,000 miles was breached through a trail 15 miler with good friends Mike Taylor and Bill Weston 9-4-13. I have since sold the store and retired to a life of reading, sweating, and volunteering. Current (2-7-17) totals show 105,012 miles run, 10,239 Nordic Track miles, and 9263 on the rower. 
In addition to the 100,000 milestone, I set a goal to complete each 100 marathons and 100 ultra marathons. The Marathon goal was surpassed some years back and now totals 119. Ultra #100 was a 100 miler in November 2015. That total now stands at 105, with 35 of them being 100 miler, or longer. 

1/2 MAR-1:13:45
50 MILE-6:24
100 MILE-16:31
144 HOUR-401 MILES

Jonathan Such has run 105,214 lifetime miles (Feb. 8, 2017)

Jonathan Such
UK and Johannesburg
DOB: 2-18-48
I started running fairly late in life in 1974 but after a fairly short introduction to running with Tipton Harriers (where I became friends with Ron Bentley, Bill Carr, and many others)......joined Leamington C and AC  where I became great friends with Cavin Woodward. I emigrated to South Africa in 1976 and now retired spend part of my life in the UK and part in Johannesburg

I reached the total of 100 000 miles on 2nd December 2013 running along the Muscat Corniche in Oman where I was holidaying at the time.

My total stands at 105 214 today 8th February 2017

My personal bests are:
10 km 33 min
10 miles 55 min
21.1 km 1h 12 min
25 km 1h 29 min
32 km (20 miles) 1h 56
42.2 km 2h 30min
40 miles 4h 28 (Isle of Man)
100 miles 17 h 30
I have run 21 Comrades marathons (10 silvers)
200 marathons (99 sub 3 h)
Member of winning team Leamington in 1984 London to Brighton

Jonathan Such (Tipton Harriers, Leamington Cycling and Athletic Club, Vaal Marathon Club and currently Rand Athletic Club)

Billy Webster has run 109,975 lifetime miles (Jan. 27, 2017)

Billy Webster
Spartanburg, S.C.
DOB: 11/7/1957


For me, running began as an effort simply to find something I could be good at. Being small and thin with marginal eyesight, I was pretty much bad at every sport imaginable.

Over almost 40 years, running has become the organizing principle of my life and has, above all things, given me a wealth of treasured friendships.
Since 1978 I have run 109,975 miles. Maybe a few more as I lost a log book along the way. I have run 104 marathons and over 700 road races. My longest race was 100 miles and I'm never doing another one of those. I have competed at every distance from one mile to 100.

My marathon PR was 2:27:25 (official; 2:25:23 watch) in the 1981 Boston Marathon. I started almost at the back because my bus broke down on the way to Hopkinton. Probably helped me not go out too fast so I've never complained about it.

I was blessed to live during the generation that "created" American marathoning. I still look up to Bill Rodgers, Frank Shorter, Amby Burfoot and Joanie Benoit Samuelson. I think about one or all of them almost daily. I still want to grow up and be like them. Thanks to my great friend, George Hirsch, I have had an opportunity to get to know these icons and now count them among my friends. Hard to ask for a greater reward from a virtual lifetime of running.

Roger Urbancsik has run 173,840 miles (Dec. 31, 2016)

Roger Urbancsik
Marina Del Rey, CA
DOB: June 7, 1957
I ran the ~1.25 mile Turkey Trot around campus on the day before Thanksgiving each year at the University of Louisville--I think that I finished 11th, 11th, 15th, and 7th--with "real plastic" awards given to the Top Ten.  And then on 4/4/78--six weeks before graduating--I began to prepare for the Kentucky Derby Mini-Marathon, a 13-mile race on 5/1/78 that I finished in 1:26:48.:26
My race PRs include a 2:35:33 in the 1985 Boston Marathon, a 1:12:13 in the 1984 Philadelphia Distance Run, and a 33:18 in the 1986 Beverly Hills 10K.  I ran nine sub-2:40 marathons and nine sub-34 10Ks.  My distance PRs include an 8,170-mile (fiscal) year, 936-mile month, 250-mile week, and a 36-mile day.  As of 12/31/16, I had 173,840 lifetime miles and 153,764 streak miles.  And my running streak is nearing 31 years. 

I've run in ASICS since the early 80's, and I credit replacing my shoes every 200 miles with preserving my joints.  Moreover, I haven't raced since the 1991 Valley of the Flowers Marathon in Lompoc, CA (2:35:43), which enables me to avoid the train/taper/race/recover cycle. As such, I have run at least 300 miles each month since.