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

Roger Urbancsik
Marina Del Rey, CA
DOB: June 7, 1957
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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
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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.

Wayne Roberts is an honorary member


[Editor's note: I never intended to include honorary members here, or to note the stories of 90,000 mile runners like Greg Brown. But ..., some runner stories are just so amazing.]
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Wayne Roberts and student athlete.
At the below link, you can read about Wayne Roberts, 68, who had a 36-year running streak ended last October when he was blind-sided, and seriously injured, by a hit-and-run driver. 

“My first goal was to run every day for 50 years and not miss a day and run over 100,000 miles,” he said. “Of course, that was taken away, but the goal of running for 100,000 miles is not.” He currently stands at 76,851, and plans to return to regular running soon.

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Doug Schmenk has run 105,992 lifetime miles (end of 2016)

Doug Schmenk, 2014
Doug Schmenk
Fair Oaks, CA
DOB 12-16-1950
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I had to estimate quite a few years because I didn’t always keep records, but I did run every year since my junior year in High School.  I started running then because my football coach suggested I try another sport.  I was only 5’2” at the time and weighed about 120 pounds.  I weigh less than that now.

My best time in High School was a 4:37 mile and in Junior College I got that down to 4:16.  At California Fullerton State University Fullerton (CSUF) I didn’t improve my mile time but found I was better at longer distances, running the three mile in 13:42, six in 28:52 and a marathon in2:17:45 (Mission Bay).  

Those times happened after I started running high mileage while at CSUF.  One of my teammates told me Dave Bedford ran 200 miles/week and I decided to give it a try.  For three years I maintained a better than 20 mile/day average, running 7,286 miles in 1971, 7,288 in 1972 and 8060 in 1973.  My biggest month was December, 1973 when I ran 884 miles. I believe most of these miles were run in at least 6 min/mile or better pace.  I especially remember one training run of 32 miles with Dave White and other CSUF runners.  We passed the 26 mile mark in 2:27 (measured by Dave’s VW).
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After college my greatest accomplishment was winning the 1973 AAU (now USATF) National Marathon Championship race with a time of 2:15:48.  I also won the Mission Bay/San Diego marathon two more times, running 2:18 in 1973 and 2:17 in 1974.  I’m still running, but this year I cut my mileage down to 1,540.  I’m having difficulty with arthritis in my foot but found by cutting back I can still put in the miles and train at a decent pace (about eight min/mile). Don’t want to stop running until I have to. I feel better when I’m running

Greg Brown has reached 90,000 miles (Dec. 2016)

Greg Brown
Arlington VA
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[Editor's Note: Numerically speaking, Greg Brown doesn't belong on the site yet. But he's clearly one of us in spirit. And his warm-but-cautionary tale reminds us that we can perform a valuable service with our stories and our ability to motivate-inspire others to maintain their fitness commitment.]

I'm not quite ready to declare myself a member. But this week I hit my 90,000th mile, which was my impetus to touch base.  At my current rate (and continued good health!!!) I have about 6 years to go.

Just want to let you know what a motivation that 100,000 number (and by extension your website) has been for me.  Like most of the runners on your 100K list I enjoyed decades of injury-free medium/high mileage.  Five years ago I considered eventually cracking the 100K mark a mere formality as my health and my miles were as solid in my early 50's as they had been in my 30's.  My miles, though down from my peak years, were still in the 2000-2500 range. 

Then after 25 years as an officer in the military, a colonoscopy at my retirement physical showed the dreaded "shadow".  Life changed in one phone call.  A battery of further exams and one major surgery later, a tumor was removed.  Recovery was most of 9 months.  Running began again slowly.  In 2013 I logged just 771 miles, each one completely agonizing.  I fought through it and am now back up to 1500-1800 enjoyable miles a year.  That crazy number of 100,000 was a significant motivating factor for me. 

I'm pretty sure the above story is of little interest to anyone but me (and my supportive wife who's probably done 20,000 of those miles with me) but I wanted to share with someone.

John McCabe has reached 100,000 miles (Dec. 16, 2016)



John McCabe
East Lansing, Michigan
D.O.B. June 25, 1955
McCabe is in center, front row, all black, gray woolen cap.
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I started running with an unspectacular High School track career in my hometown of Rockford, Illinois (shout out to Cheap Trick) in 1971, ran a bit to stay in shape in college, and started to get a bit more serious and run road races in grad school.  I started keeping a logbook in late 1980 and that's when I started recording miles.  I was never a super high mileage guy (I've only been over 100 mpw 3 times in all these years) but I've been consistent and have only had one injury that has made me take any significant time off (and that was getting hit by a car in 1992; let me recommend against that particular experience).  

In my 60's, I've settled into a routine of 60-65 miles for two to three consecutive weeks and then a down week of 40-45 miles.  I sprinkle that with regular strides and speed work, generally tempo and fartlek, as I can stand it.  I take days off when I feel like I need them and, for at least the past 30 years, I've taken the last two weeks of the year completely off and start the New Year with a two hour run on January 1st.  

Living in Michigan since 1977, I have frequently run in the same zip code as luminaries like Greg Meyer, Herb Lindsay, Brian Sell and Desi Linden.  They still inspire me but my days of dreaming about running next to them are long gone.  I was a middling performer with bests of 16:03 5K, 26:34 5 mile, 33:06 10K, and 2:42:07 marathon.  

I've qualified for Boston in all 33 marathons I've finished but only run it once (in 2008).  I probably should think about getting back there--it was great.  I've been a member of the Lansing-based Mid Michigan Track Club since about 1981 and owe a lot of the racing success I've had to Tuesday night speed workouts with those folks.

I look at the names on this list and see Olympians, Boston winners, Collegiate Champions, Road Warriors and guys who rocked awesome mustaches in the 80's.  Never did I think my name would be included on any roster with them.  I guess persistence counts for something.