Randi Potash has run 108,520 miles (Dec. 15, 2017)

Randi Potash
Chatham, MA
DOB: Jan. 19, 1960
I was adopted by a couple who lived in
Randi Potash after
1993 NYC Marathon
Medford Massachusetts when I was born to a single mother without means in 1960. 
My adoptive parents were morbidly obese and really had trouble keeping up with my active nature. 

I was always athletic, skinny and played every sport with boys and girls in the neighborhood - I was good at sports but not great at anything! I played many team sports through the years and wanted to remain in shape for life - I knew that early on. I like to move ! 

My senior year of high school was in 1978 and that year was the great blizzard - that is when I began long distance running just to get out of the house. I had never liked just plain running at all before that. For no apparent reason I got hooked. Throughout  college at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst I ran 5 days a week usually 4-5 miles. 

Then in 1982 when I graduated  I began doing weekly 10 K races and ran 40- 50 a week until 1984 when I bumped it up to 75 -80 a week. Between 1984 and 1993 I ran 13 marathons and numerous 5 k, 10k and longer races. My best marathons were 3 hrs 30 minutes to qualify for Boston which was my goal at the time. I qualified a couple of times and ran Boston a total of six times - a few times as a ‘back of the packer’ before qualifying.  Other Marathons included New York, the old Boston Peace Marathon a couple of times, the Cape Cod and Hyannis Marathon a couple of times. 

I have two children and I used to push them in the running carriage. They are Leah, born in 88 and Jason born in 92. I will send a picture of the three of us in 1992. 

 Leah went on to make the UMass division 1 track and cross country teams and she has completed five marathons. Jason is also a very good athlete who played numerous sports through high school and college. Leah is an attorney and Jason is about to start chiropractic school. 

My husband Paul has raised over 100 k for the Jimmy Fund through biking the Pan Mass Challenge for many years. He’s a biker and professional fisherman now that he retired from the corporate world of finance at age 54. I believe my running addiction has influenced my family - rubbing off on them consistently on a daily basis for so long. I just do it and they seem to observe and absorb the commitment I’ve displayed.

From 1993 until the present time I’ve run 7 miles a day first thing.  I stopped doing marathons because my hip hurt whenever I ran over 20 miles. I made the decision to run less miles and run healthy forever. Never looked back.

When I was in law school I used to listen to my notes and lectures while i ran.  I always incorporate a morning run into my day no matter what life brings me or where I travel to. My husband Paul is athletic but he’s not a ‘runner’ and doesn’t really get it. Despite that,  we’ve been married for 33 years and I am extremely lucky to be with a health minded and positive guy who is the finest of fathers, and despite not being a runner- Paul is an amazing partner who I cherish. 

I live to run - plain and simple. It has kept me healthy, happy and indeed it has been like a religion for me. Quite divinely the idea of going out running in 1978 with my Nike Cortez leather sneakers and three sweatshirts came out of no where!  There were NO  runners out on the roads then. It’s still a mystery to me as to what makes a runner keep on keeping on - a mystery I don’t feel the need to solve. I accept it for the blessing it continues to be.

I added up the miles quite easily as I always had kept a diary and was consistent for long blocks of time. I would take an oath about my milage ! It comes out to running around the entire world 4.3 times. 

100K members Medinger and Fanelli run on historic Roger Bannister track

John Medinger, left, and Mike Fanelli on famed
Iffley Road track, Oxford, England.
Here's a fun and quirky update for the 100,000 mile website.

Mike Fanelli and I ran a ceremonial mile today on hallowed ground - the Iffley Road track in Oxford where Roger Bannister ran the first 4-minute mile. (We are in London for the World Championships). At this writing we are both at 107,703 miles. I finally caught up! I have been chasing Mike since I started running 42 years ago; he was my coach in the '80s. We live about 10 miles from each other in Sonoma County.

I'm running about 5–10 miles more per week at the moment, so will now be ahead for a while. But he's 5 years younger than me so unsure how long that might last.

Gary Green has reached 100,000 miles (July 1, 2017)

Gary Green
Frankfurt, Kentucky
DOB: July 11, 1952
My name is Gary Green.  I am 65 years old as of July 11th 2017. I ran my
100,000th mile on July 1st At the Salato Center in Frankfort, Kentucky with family and friends.

I started running in 1977, but didn’t start tracking mileage until January of 1978.  Someone gave me a running type calendar that year and l’ve  bought one to keep track ever since. 

I had a streak one time of 54 weeks in a row of 60 miles or more per week, and 222 weeks of at least 50 miles per week.  I’ve had a lot of people who I ran with over the years who can’t run anymore for various reasons.  I still average 50 or so miles per week and will for as long as I can.

My PR’s are.

5k-15:45 (Mobile, AL)
8k-26:18 (Maggie Valley, NC)
10k-32:26 (Bowling Green, KY)
15K-49:57 (Myrtle Beach SC)
10 miles-54:09 (Louisville KY)
Half Marathon-1:12:45 (Lexington KY)
Marathon-2:39:01 (Boston)

John Zupanc has run 102,988 miles (Jan. 1, 2017)

John Zupanc
Omro, Wisconsin
DOB: Feb. 26, 1953
[Editor's note: What do you want to bet that no one ever replaces John at the bottom of the alpha listing of all runners on this site. What an impressive name!] 
John Zupanc passed 100,000 miles on a cold,
wet, and windy May 11, 2015.

As a senior at Monroe High School (WI), I was persuaded by my neighbor, and great runner Dan Winzenried, to race cross country and leave football behind.  It was obvious that I was too small for football by this time, so I gave cross country a shot.  Our coach, Clarence Bruess, made running and racing so much fun.  I discovered a natural running talent.  And I have had a passion and love for distance running since that time.

Through college at UW Madison I did not run much but did manage to stay in shape through a variety of competitive intramural sports.  During the summer of 1977, a good friend and former high school distance runner Jim Mellor and I decided we would train for the Paavo Nurmi marathon in Hurley at the end of the summer.  Knowing very little about training for a marathon we both made the common error of doing too much too soon and too fast.  We never made the starting line. Through high school, college, and through the summer of 1977, I did not keep any type of training log.  I have not included any estimate of those miles in my mileage total.

I started to keep a weekly total mileage log in November of 1977 as motivation for another marathon attempt on my 25th birthday in February of 1978 in St Louis.  I finished in 2:53.09.  And then 6 weeks later I raced my first Boston Marathon.  Since September of 1978 I have logged every daily run.

Over the years I have completed 23 Boston Marathons, including an 18th place finish in the heat in 1985.  The next year, 1986, I recorded my only marathon win at the Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon.  It was eventful, not only the win but for a train delay at 12 miles which cost our lead group 1:45.  It is my PR for the marathon in a train adjusted time of 2:20:44.

I utilized my graduate degree in exercise physiology from UW Madison to refine my running and to pass that knowledge to my student athletes.  From 1981 through 2010, I was a men's cross country and track and field coach and on academic staff at UW Oshkosh. It was a dream job, coaching and teaching at the college level.  This gave me the perfect opportunity to pass my love for running to others.  The teams were very successful with six NCAA DIII National Championships.  

I retired in January of 2011 and continue to love to run and compete. My last marathon was at the Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon in October 2016 as a 63 year old in 3:25:09. 

Bruce Fordyce has run 117,000 lifetime miles (March 1, 2017)

Bruce Fordyce
Johannesburg, South Africa
DOB: Dec. 3, 1955
Chicago Lakefront, 1984
[EDITOR'S NOTE: Bruce is one of the world's greatest distance runners, with nine victories in the Comrades Ultra Marathon. In many ways, he is the Bill Rodgers of South Africa: a dominant runner and even better and more politically-aware person. He was extremely helpful to me in my two Comrades runs. In fact, I wouldn't have finished the first except for Bruce's recommendation that I see his personal physiotherapist about an inflammed Achilles tendon. Ouch, that guy hurt me! But my Achilles was fine for the race several days later.]

So I’m approaching 200,000 kms which I should reach in early 2018. I started running at university (University of the Witwatersrand Johannesburg) on June 18th 1976 two days after the Soweto uprisings which affected me very deeply as a student. My direct plan was to train for and run the following years Comrades marathon in 1977 . With one or two very short breaks for post marathon recovery or injuries I have run consistently ever since. I have run over 150 ultra marathons in the 50 -100 km range and well over 300 marathons. 

Other race distances too numerous to count. I do keep a detailed training and racing diary. While my knees are starting to bother me I still run around 50-70 kilometres a week. I managed to run the New York City Marathon in 2:58 at age 55. But my knees have grown stiffer since then.

Highlights of my running career are 9 Comrades marathon wins where I broke the course record 5 times (1981-1990). I also finished 2nd and 3rd on two occasions. I was a member of the winning team 5 times. In total I have run 30 Comrades marathons. I also won 3 back-to-back London to Brighton races ( 53 miles) 1981-1983 and I won the AMA Us 50 mile champs in 1984 in Chicago in 4:50:51 setting a world and US time which still stands. In 1989 I ran 100 kms in6:25 which was a short-lived World record. This year I am running the Two Oceans 56 km in Cape Town for the 32nd time. My best there was 4th in 1983 in 3:13. I have run 15 Pieter Korkie 56 km races between Pretoria and Johannesburg winning it once in 1985 in 5:21 at high altitude.

My proudest achievement was receiving the President’s award for sport from Nelson Mandela. Also, winning the 1981 Comrades marathon in record time splattered with eggs and tomatoes thrown at me by angry white spectators because I wore a black armband in the race, protesting the race’s incorporation into the government’s celebration of 20 years of Apartheid.

My best times:
Mile 4:11
5000 metres 14:26
10000 metres 29:53  
Marathon 2:17:18
56 km. 3:13
50 miles 4: 50: 51 in Chicago 1984 4: 50 30 London to Brighton point to point course
100 kms 6:25