Kim Bellard reached 100,000 miles (April 7, 2018)

Kim Bellard
Cincinnati OH
DOB: 8-55
I hit 100,000 miles on April 7, 2018, at age 62. A few years ago I used all my existing logbooks to create a spreadsheet that tracks how much I ran on each day for all those years (populating it was not an insignificant task – some 18,000+ entries!). So I’ve got a fairly precise total.

I started running in 1969. Some modest success in cross-country and track in junior high/high school cemented my dedication to it, but I gradually realized that I enjoyed training on my own to team
workouts. So I stopped racing in 1973 (except for 2 road races I did in the 1990’s as a lark). I’ve done almost all my running alone, on the roads, dealing with the vagaries of Midwest weather, and, for most of the year, pre-dawn. It’s rare I even see other runners.

I don’t take days off unless I physically can’t run. Which, unfortunately, has been more than I’d like (it has worked out to about 5% of days overall). I’ve had the gamut of overuse injuries, had to have foot surgery, and broke bones several times on runs. In the last few years my hips haven’t worked quite right, making just putting one foot in front of the other no longer a simple task. Then last year I had a heart attack, which was about the last thing I ever would have expected. That caused me to take 2 months off, the longest I’d ever not run. I seriously considered giving up running, but did cautiously start again.

To be honest, what I’m doing now is not something I once would have considered running. I can’t run the kind of mileage I could even a couple years ago. I’m slower and more awkward than I could have ever imagined. On bad days I question why I’m still doing it. But I’m still out there every day.

Michael Seaman has logged 110,789 miles (Dec. 31, 2017)

Michael Seaman
Minneapolis, MN
DOB: 8-9-1950
Most miles in one day = 31

Most miles in one week = 163
Most miles in one month =509
Most miles in one year = 4,503

Years with 2,000-2,999 miles = 16 years
Years with 3,000-3,999 miles = 11yrs
Years with 4,000+ miles = 8 yrs.  

Best times on track: 1mi=4:17; 
2 mi= 9:11; 
3 mi= 14:11;
3,000m = 8:42;
6 mi = 29:49.

Best road times: 5k= 15:14; 
5 mi = 23:59; 
10km = 30:43; 
12 km = 37:35; 
15km = 46:15; 
20 km = 1:04:43; 
25 km = 1:22:50; 
10 mi = 51:34;
half marathon = 1:06:58;
marathon = 2:20:37
US Olympic Marathon trials, 1980= 2:21:34, 68th place

I’ve run 22 marathons. I have a 1,200 day and 551 day streak in the record books.

Michael Georgi has logged 157,460 miles (May 14, 2018)

Michael Georgi 
Honolulu, Hawaii
DOB: August 5, 1952

I started running in high school in 1968 but didn’t record my mileage until I was on active duty with the Marines in 1975. My first marathon was right after high school graduation (3:37 in Santa Barbara). In the 121 marathons I have completed, I set my PR at Honolulu in 1981 with a 2:25:12.

There were 15 marathon victories in island races, including 6 times at Maui in the 1980’s, and I have competed in 15 foreign countries. My log shows over 700 races of varying distances without a single DNF. The two keys to any success I have encountered are avoiding injuries and remaining single. 

Although I am not a registered member of the Running Streaks club ($20 a year for what - a certificate?) I do have a streak of consecutive days of running dating back to Oct 11, 1982, to today (May 14, 2018). Today was my 12,999 th day of doing a minimum of 3 miles, but I have actually averaged 10.2 miles/day. 

I have been coaching cross country and track since 1980 at the high school where I am still employed as an Economics teacher. My races have dropped from about 20 each year down to 7 or 8 as aging takes its inevitable toll. As my racing recedes into memory, I take increased pride in the performances of my school athletes.

Denton Childs has run 107,630 miles (March 31, 2018)

Denton Childs
Fayetteville, AR
DOB: Apr 19, 1950 [a Boston Marathon day]

I began running while in the
"In my prime, about 135 lbs."
the USN in Coronado, CA in 1973. I used to play a lot of volleyball and basketball in those days, but at some point after many “turned ankles” and a busted out front tooth from an elbow, I turned to running, first in the sand to strengthen my ankles, and from there I was hooked.

I didn’t log any of the miles the first years, I only began logging in 1976 after I ran my first marathon, The Heart of America Marathon,  in Columbia, Missouri. I was in school at this time at the University of Missouri at Columbia, and had hooked up with the Columbia Track Club, which was very active at that time with races every couple of weeks. I ended up running that first marathon in 2:52 on about 8m per day training, no long runs. Eventually, I took 2nd in that race in 77 and then won it in 78. I won a few marathons in Tulsa, Springfield, and in Fayetteville over the years. 

During my stint in Columbia my mileage averaged about 70 mile per week, but when I moved down from Columbia to Springfield, Missouri I really got introduced to high mileage. There was a guy at SMSU named Dan Dwyer that really got me into 100 mile weeks, and from that point I improved quite a bit. 
More recent, 180 lbs.

I moved to Fayetteville, Arkansas in 1979 and for about seven years, I averaged from 80 to 110 per week and was locally competitive with PR’s of 2:25 in the NYC marathon in 81, good for 106th place, and fairly modest times at shorter distances. Living in Fayetteville in the heyday of all the University of Arkansas great XC and track teams made it real easy to maintain interest. 

Once I reached the end of PR’s, I eventually lowered my weekly average to 50-70 per week through about 1997. For the past twenty or so years, I probably average 30 to 40 miles per week, and never race. I reached 100,000 in 2014 and the guys at work actually had a fun run and party (newspaper even showed up) where the 3rd mile was my 100,000th. As of March 31st of this year I am at 107,630 miles. I only run about three days a week, but spend quite a lot of time cycling, and in the summers swimming and aqua jogging. 

I just turned 68 on April 19th and am living a nice retired life in Fayetteville. It’s funny, I looked forward all those years of running before and after work to the day I would retire and have all this free time to run (in the daylight). But, my body just doesn’t work that well these days. I have a bulging disc and a nerve impingement that causes my left calf to seize up at about 35 minutes of running, so I bike. 

I'm currently averaging about 20 miles a week of running.

Bob Dalton has reached 100,000 miles (October 11, 2017)

Bob Dalton
Fayetteville, GA
DOB: 6-18-1953
I reached 100,000 miles on
October 11 last year (2017).  Actually I probably reached it several months, if not a couple of years earlier, as I have always intentionally underestimated my mileage and never counted extra tenths of a mile.  I've always rounded down.  Before GPS as you know, we had to measure our run courses with a car that may or may not have had a calibrated odometer.  Either that, or we guesstimated the distance based on our known pace which we divided into the total elapsed time.

   I grew up with the first running boom in the late 60's into the 70's.  I started with Track and Cross Country at Sprayberry High School in Marietta, GA, graduating in 1971.  As a cadet at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, we started the first collegiate Marathon Team in 1973.  We competed in Atlantic City, New York City (when it was five laps around Central Park), Boston, the Peace Marathon in Buffalo and Canada, the Earth Day Marathon, and numerous others.

   I was on the All Army Track Team in 1978 where I competed in the 10,000 meters.  I wanted to try other sports as well, so I tried out for and was then assigned to the U.S. Modern Pentathlon National Team at their Olympic Training Center at Ft Sam Houston in San Antonio, TX, from 1978-1983.  It was a great job for a young Lieutenant/junior Captain because every day I got to train in the five-sport event of running, swimming, shooting, fencing, and equestrian riding and represent the U.S. in national and international competition.  I competed in the 1980 Olympic Trials and qualified for the 1984 trials but was unable to participate due to being stationed in West Germany at the time.  I greatly enjoyed the cross training and since then, I mix things up by adding swimming and biking to my routine and doing a couple of triathlons every year.

   During my U.S. Army career, I ran on five of the seven continents (still have Australia and Antarctica to go), to include most of Western Europe, Korea, Japan, throughout the Middle East, and most of the 50 States.  I only have 20 marathons under my belt but count six times at Boston as some of the most memorable.

   In the late 80's and with 20 years of racing experience at the time, I then got into the coaching end of the sport while continuing to rack up the miles.  When I was assigned back to West Point as an instructor, I coached the Cadet Marathon Team for the three years I was there (1990-1992).  I then coached the Ft McPherson (Atlanta, GA) Army Ten Miler Team for 15 years from 1997-2012.  We won or placed in our division every year and brought home a lot of hardware for display in the trophy cases at Third Army Headquarters.  I also served as a coach with the Atlanta Track Club from approximately 2011-2014.

   I got involved with the local running club (Peachtree City Running Club) in the mid-90's and over the years have served in various official functions as Secretary, Administrative Vice President, and President.  We hosted the RRCA National Convention in 2000 and are one of the largest running clubs in metropolitan Atlanta.  I have also served as Race Director for a 5K at my church here in Fayetteville, GA for the past 17 years where we have raised tens of thousands of dollars to support our missions abroad.  While winning or placing in races can be very exciting, the most gratifying aspects of the sport for me are when I am able to give back through coaching and directing or assisting at other races, as well as serving in the local community running club.

   I recently retired from full time employment after 40+ years combined service with the U.S. Army (20 years active duty, 15 years as a Contractor, and six years as a Department of the Army Civilian).  Running is the one thing I have consistently kept up throughout. As someone once said, "I hope to run forever and be running when forever comes!"

Below are some of my PR times:
1 Mile - 4:40
2 Mile - 9:58
5K - 15:30
4 miles - 24:54*
10K - 32:30
12K - 42:07*
15K - 51:13*
10 Miles - 54:27
25K - 1:40:58*
Half Marathon - 1:12
Marathon - 2:32