Michael Anderson has reached 120,000 miles (March 8, 2015)

Michael Anderson
Tucker, GA
DOB:  12/4/1957
On March 8, 2015 I reached 120,000 total miles and celebrated with a ten mile run which included 20 of my running cohorts (as of September 20, 2015 I was up to 121,594 miles). I also finally found my 1991 logbook so that is now in my total for good. I have found some unexpected momentum after running my fastest 5K, 10K and 15K in over a decade this year, so will give the marathon another try in December with Boston to follow next spring. You aren’t old until age becomes your excuse! (Joe Friel).

I was able to log 2735 miles in 2013 to bring my lifetime total to 116,347 as of 12/31/13. Due to work travel those miles happened in 3 countries and 19 states. Missed about eight weeks with various injuries, but completed my 50th marathon in July at the 26.2 mile mark of my first ultramarathon (on a small island in Maine) although at that point my pace barely qualified as running.  I am looking forward to being at the starting line in Boston this year and getting another crack at the 50K distance in August.  As the famous running hod carrier Walt Stack once said, "start out slow and slow down."

I have been running since the mid 1970's , but didn't start keeping detailed logbooks until 1978 (the year of my first marathon).  As of the end of 2011, I had reached 110,623 miles. Through 6/3/2012 I had an additional 1263 miles, giving me an official total of 111,886.  This does not include 1991 because I cannot find my logbook (!) so I do not feel I can (honestly) include that year even though I was averaging about 70 miles per week at the time.  That comes out to around 63 miles per week for the past 34 years (minus 1991 mileage).  My all time highest year ever was 5143 miles when I was trying to break 2:30 for the first time. My all time highest week waas 142 during the same period. I ran 20 miles that Sunday morning during the summer in Ohio and then went to the track in the PM, simply because I had read that Benji Durden did that once. Needless to say I ended up straining my knee and having to take a week off, but I did finally breatk 2:30!!
I have never been what I would consider a super fast runner but do have 47 completed marathons under my belt with my fastest in NY in 1981 (2:25:02/102nd). I was able to win a few marathons over the years including the Maui Marathon (3/8/81 - 2:39:11), Vulcan (now Mercedes) Marathon ( 11/20/83 - 2:32:16), Kiawah Island Marathon (12/13/86 - 2:31:49) and the Upstate (SC - no longer being run) Marathon (12/29/90 - 2:34:51). I have run marathons in nearly 20 states and Canada and have run sub-3:00 hour marathons in four decades starting with my first one in NYC (10/22/78 - 2:50:05).  Recently I stepped up my training/mileage in the hopes of joining the five decade club (which you are a member of)!  After about 9 months of serious training I posted a 3:19:48 in SC.  I have a long ways to go but I am hopeful I can get close to 3:00 again by 2013 (In NYC on the 30 anniversary of my first one).

Steve DeBoer has passed 150,000 miles (March 29, 2015)

Steve DeBoer 
Rochester, MN 
DOB: 12-1-1954
Steve DeBoer passed 150,000 miles on March 29, 2015, which turned out to be the 47th anniversary of his first recorded run (not planned, as he only realized it would happen 2 days before).  He has run a minimum of 1 mile every day since June 7, 1971, which is now the 3rd longest active running streak in the US and longest east of the Rockies.  His highest mileage year was 3,820 in 2013, so he may also claim a record as the only person who has run over 150,000 without ever having run at least 4,000 miles in one year.  He still also does daily push-ups, having passed the 1.5 million mark in 2012.

-------------------- June 30, 2011
I started running in 1968 to get in shape for basketball.  I got cut from the team but kept running and now have the 5th longest documented running streak in the country (longest east of the Rockies), passing 40 years on June 7, 2011, which happened to be the hottest day in Rochester in 23 years (101 degrees).  I've never been a fast runner (PRs 4:47 mile, 33:15 10K; 2 hrs. 42 min marathon) but am consistent, even through MN winters,  a kidney stone and broken ankle. My exercise routine includes 100 pushups before I run, which probably explains why I feel warm enough to go shirtless until the temperature goes below freezing.

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

Ron Hill
Sept 25, 1938
Hyde, England

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

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

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.