Ron Hill has reached 160,409 miles (April 30, 2015)

Ron Hill
Sept 25, 1938
Hyde, England
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April 30, 2015: Ron Hill just sent me his latest lifetime mile total.

September 2008: I spoke with England's Ron Hill about his well known running streak and total lifetime miles. It was his 70th birthday. Hill, a meticulous record keeper, puts his total miles at about 151,000.

This makes me a little dubious about people claiming to have over 200,000 miles, which would require someone to log 3000+ miles per year (60 miles a week) for over 60 years. Still, I guess it's possible. I hope to explore this subject in more depth as this blog develops.

Here's much more info about Ron Hill from Wikipedia.

George Aitkin has run 101,784 miles (March 3, 2015)

George Aitkin
DOB: Oct. 5, 1952
Cambridge, Ontario, Canada
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Although not a huge mileage runner, I have trained and competed since May of 1967 when my grade 8 phys ed teacher encouraged me to do so. I recorded all of my miles and races in log books and diaries. Competing in events from 400 meters to 6 hour trail races over the years, my race total now exceeds 1,200 and continues to grow by approximately 20 per year. Included are nine marathons with a 2:35 personal best, plus hundreds of 5 and 10 kilometer races. In my biggest mileage year I ran 3,250 miles and I now average just over 2,000 annually with hopes to continue indefinitely.

Having developed a passion for sports photography, I've traveled to many parts of the globe over the decades, shooting world and national championships, getting to run in some exotic locales.
When reaching 100,000 miles became imminent, I threw out an invitation to friends and fellow runners, and on March 22, 2014, about 60 of us went for the 6 mile run that put me, dressed appropriately in a shirt and tie, over the top. We were then treated to cake and hot drinks at a local cafe.

There's no run I enjoy much more than an hour in the rain in my favourite forest trails. My first advice to newer runners is to stay on soft surfaces and keep a running log.                            

Craig Davidson has reached 199,800 miles (April 9, 2015)


Craig Davidson
Phoenix, AZ
DOB: 12-17-1953
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The "official" countdown has begun. 200 to 200. Hit 199,800 running miles this AM. The plan is to hit the 200,000 milestone at the Whiskey Row Marathon May 2 in Prescott, Arizona. It will be my 28th consecutive Marathon there & my 30th time running the event (I ran the 1/2 twice). It's been a long "run" since that first 3 miles on November 1, 1977... Next up on the list will be 200,000 lifetime running "streak miles" (had 2,413 B4 the streak started on 11/5/78).

Here is my mileage update through 12/31/2011. I also have a consecutive day running streak that dates to 11/05/1978 that includes 186,387 miles. I have a marathon PR of 2:28:14 (1982) and a 50-mile PR of 5:37:23 (1986). I am a "Legacy Runner" at the Los Angeles Marathon, having run all 23 L.A. Marathons to date. I'm not too thrilled about the L.A. date change this year, as it will cause me to miss the Palos Verdes Marathon that I have run 16 years in a row. On May 2 I am running the Whiskey Row Marathon in Prescott, AZ, for the 22nd time, and I didn't think it would be too wise to run 3 marathons in one month! I have worked for more than 20 years at The Runner's Den shoe store in Phoenix. The Arizona Republic featured me in an article last year.

David Clark has run 128,120 miles (April 7, 2015)

David Clark
DOB: 24 June 1953
Los Lunas, NM
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I started running in 10th grade because all my friends went out for the high school track and cross country teams. I was truly terrible, but kept it up and got better. I ran cross country in college and kept it up in the Army and afterwards. Part of it is the thrill of competition, part of it is the good feeling of being fit, and part is stress relief and cardiac health.

 In college, a teammate gave me a copy of Joe Henderson’s “LSD: The Humane Way to Train” and it totally transformed my training. I had my first 3000 mile year in 1984 averaged over 3500 miles a year until 2009 with a top year of 4046 miles. In all that time, my long-suffering wife has accepted my habit and compulsion so we just mold our lives around running. My best times are surely behind me but out of about 800+ races, I have PRs of 16:54 for 5K, 59:39 for 10 miles, a 2:50:14 marathon, and a 5:05 50K trail run. I

've been fortunate to stay healthy and biomechanically sound (except for occasional hockey and rock-climbing injuries). I've also been fortunate to find good running clubs that provide an extra measure of motivation - I’m still doing about 55 miles a week and a full schedule of weekend races. This year, I’ll be running in the New Mexico Senior Olympics (5k, 1500, and 800) for the first time where I will get to compete against all the other old farts. Now I have my eyes set on 155,343 miles - 250,000 km, just so I can say that I've run “a quarter million kilometers”.

Dallas Robertson has reached 202,464 total miles (Dec.31, 2014)

Dallas Robertson
Iowa City, Iowa
DOB: 7-23-1956
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I am writing to update my career total running mileage. I never had a 7000 mile year before. I had 6664 miles in 2012 and 6832 miles in 2013. I ended up having 7310 miles in 2014. That made my total for logged miles, 202,464 miles run from January 1, 1980 through December 31, 2014. I was fortunate to stay healthy and motivated.
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I am sending an updated career mileage total. I now have 190,043 miles logged from January 1, 1980 through the end of the day April 4, 2013. The weekly average for that time frame is 109.5 miles/week. That does not include the 20,000 – 25,000 miles I ran from April 25, 1975 through December 31, 1979. In 2011, I had 6484 miles and in 2012 I had 6664 miles. Provided I stay healthy, I should hit 200,000 miles logged by November 1, 2014. Men like Dave Beardall and Herbert Fred inspire the rest of us to reassess our goals and strive to go further than we ever thought possible. Before I was 10 years old, there was a family owned, corner grocery store that had fishbowls filled with penny candy. It was a little less than a mile from where I lived, but from a child’s perspective, it seemed like it was at the edge of the earth, too far to travel on foot. During my running career, my marathon taper weeks were 100 miles. I had no idea of what I was capable of. Looking back, I think I could have done even more. 
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PREVIOUSLY: JUNE 10, 2009 
From Dallas Robertson: I started running April 25, 1975 to lose weight. I was about 175 pounds. The first night, I ran 2.25 miles. The next morning, I was 1 pound lighter. At that time, I wondered if I lost 1 pound doing 2.25 miles, how much would I lose by doing 7 miles. I ran 7 miles per day for 7 days and then ran 14 or more miles per day for 100 straight days. I weighed 145 pounds at that point. I had given up beer, pop, and McDonalds. I started eating canned fruit, loose fried hamburger with fried onions mixed in, and LOTS of cauliflower. I enlisted in the US Navy and left for boot camp in October, 1975. I continued to run as consistently as I could. I was assigned to the USS Raleigh which had a helicopter flight deck. It was 11 laps/mile. When we were at sea, I tried to run 11 miles (121 laps) over lunch and another 11 miles after work. I got tendonitis in my knees so bad, I could hardly climb steps. After some time off while overseas, we returned to Norfolk, Virginia, our home port. After work each day, I ran 20 miles, alternating days with a 2 ½ pound leather ankle weight on each leg. 

I was discharged in April, 1979 and returned to Iowa City. I was running 80 to 100 miles per week, but never kept track. On January 1, 1980, I started keeping track of my mileage on my grandmother’s wall calendar, 1980 – 5581 miles. In the fall of 1997, I went over 100,000 miles. From January 1, 1980 through June 10, 2009, I have 165,737 logged miles. My lowest year was over 4500 in 2005 due to missing several months from knee surgery (my first time off due to a running injury since 1981). My highest year was 6650 in the early 1980’s. Last year (2008), I ran over 6000 miles. I have only driven my own vehicle to work 2 times since 1975.