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

Steve DeBoer 
Rochester, MN 
DOB: 12-1-1954
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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.

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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
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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”.