Joe Caruso has reached 124,000 miles (March, 2016)

Joe Caruso
Northwood, Ohio
DOB: 07/09/1953
Started running in 9th grade with a 2:47 880 time. Ran all summer, and in 10th grade ran 4:43 mi.,10:20 2-mi., 11th grade ran 4:41 and 10:09. Started running over 100 miles per week senior year in high school. Ran 1:564:189:22 (2-mi.), 31:05 10,000, and 42:07 8 mi. College: Eastern Mich. Univ. 1976 Mid American Conference Cross Country Champion, 14:12. 5,000 indoor.

Post College: 8:40's 2-mile, 13:57 5,000

Bobby Crim 10 mi. 49:21, 1:04 (13.1), and 2:22 marathon. My mega mileage lowered all my times up to about 14 miles. Doug Kurtis and I were about even from 15K through the half marathon. In the 25k we were averaging 5:05 per mile through around 14 miles.
Then, I always broke down to 5:30-6:00 miles while in a "hit the wall" state.

Back then, I struggled with not being able to run 2:15 or better with runners who were running 1:04 for 13.1. Benji Durden, Frank Shorter, and Doug Kurtis all said the same thing. They thought it was uncommon, but I didn't have the right slow twitch muscle composition and oxygen capacity for longer distances. I got away with using my strength with mega miles to work up to a half marathon. It took me at least two months to recover after a marathon, while Doug Kurtis was running sub 2:20's sometimes on consecutive weekends. Doug and I ran in the same high school region in Michigan. I ran in college with his brother, Dennis. 

I had no idea the density of runners around me when I started running in 1969. Within an hour north, Doug Brown, Greg Meyer later, Herb Lindsay, and less than one hour to the south, Sid Sink, Dave Wottle, and the famous 4 X 1 mile relay team. I was a poor student who was deaf and could not connect. I started running because my father had a heart attack at age 53 in 1969. I had  no idea it would place me on a current into my future. I knew that was it and there was no turning back. It paid for my college education and meeting many great people. It was really hard work, but I loved running and the realization how blessed I was to have the opportunity to gain an education and life experience to influence those I teach.

Running has shaped my life, and continues to be a part of my life.

Jimmy Gilbert reached 100,000 miles on Jan. 20, 2016

Jimmy R. Gilbert
Houston, TX
DOB: 1-12-1943
[Editor's note: I was stunned and thrilled to receive this 100K miles account from Jimmy Gilbert, one of the most important and unsung heroes of running, in my humble opinion. In the late 1970s, Gilbert helped famous running coach Jack Daniels, PhD, with the mathematics behind their famous "Oxygen Power" equations. These equations formed the basis of Daniels's subsequent ever-popular books, with their easy-to-follow training-pace tables, now used by thousands of coaches across the country and around the globe. For you math nerds, here's an explanation of the Oxygen Power equations,]

From Jimmy Gilbert: I have been running regularly since 1959.  I ran track and cross-country at Paducah Tilghman High School in Paducah, KY, class of 1961.  I ran track and cross-country for Dr. Jack T. Daniels at Oklahoma City University, graduating in 1965.  The current log of miles that I've run began on March 28, 1967, and I completed 100,000 miles on January 20, 2016.  All of these miles are completely documented.  

None of the miles completed in high school or college are included in the tally because I really don't know how far I ran then.  I do have a short log from the summer of 1964 in which I recorded running 222 miles during an eight week period.  I misplaced that log for years, only rediscovering it recently so those miles haven't been included in the current total either.  I've run two marathons: I was 7th at the Kansas Relays Marathon in 1970 and 3rd at the Galveston Marathon, also in 1970.  I was the master’s champion at the Cayman Island 10,000 Meter International Road Race in both 1985 and 1986.  Since retiring from NASA in 2001, I've continued running as well as crewing on several unlimited hydroplane race boat teams, most recently for the Miss Madison Unlimited Hydroplane of Madison, Indiana.

Dave Dunham has passed 130,000 miles (Nov. 22, 2015)

Dave Dunham
Bradford MA
DOB: 3-27-1964
On my run today, I passed 130,000 miles, and now have 130,005. 

Dave is a CPA who has very rigorous records, inc Excel spreadsheets, documenting his lifetime of running. He might be one of the youngest 100K runners.
Today (12-26-2011) I passed 114,000 miles with 114,010. 
Previously: I have run 103,937 miles, averaging 9.48 miles per day from December 1978 – present. Have won 348 races while competing in 1,034 races covering 6,325 miles.
Ran on every street in Londonderry, NH in one calendar year.

Career Highlights

1m - 410
2m - 852
5k - 1407
10k - 2917
20k - 6052
1/2 - 6502
Mar - 21928 (Columbus, 1990)

30 Year winning streak: Has won at least one race a year from 1979-Present.

Jim Sapp reached 100,000 miles on Nov 7, 2015

Jim Sapp
Beaverton, OR
I began running on a regular basis in March of 1977, after a particularly cold and snowy winter in Lakewood, Ohio where I grew up. That summer I joined Cleveland West Road Runners Club and began training more seriously, running the Skylon International Marathon that fall in 2:53:05.

On November 7th of this year, 6 miles into the Veteran’s Day Half Marathon held in West Linn, Oregon, I passed the 100,000 lifetime mile mark. Over the 38 years since I began running, I have completed 54 marathons, with a best of 2:33:46) and 37 ultras (which are the distances where I was most competitive).  The majority of my ultras were run on roads, since in the early and mid-80s, when I was racing most frequently, the long trail events (which seem to form the nucleus of today’s ultramarathon offerings) were much less common. I was the overall winner in 14 of those races, the majority of which were run in the Pacific Northwest, and finished second in another 12. My best performance was at the Greater Oregon Health Services 50 miler in 1991 where I ran a 5:31:27.

I have rather religiously recorded my mileage in annual training diaries since 1979. I attempted to be conservative when retroactively estimating my mileage for 1977 and 1978, probably understating the total distance for those two years, although for large portions of both those years 70 mile weeks were typical.

Suffice to say, at nearly 66 years old, both my mileage and speed have reduced considerably, though I still run about 2000 miles per year.

Dave Dooley has reached 100,000 lifetime miles (Sept. 16, 2015)

Dave Dooley
Erie, CO
D.O.B: Feb. 20, 1947
I started running consistently and keeping a log in 1982.  My yearly totals ranged from 2463 miles in 2009 to 3584 miles in 1991, and my daily average mileage is 8 miles.  I’m still averaging about 50 miles per week.

I didn’t get serious about my running until I came to work for a company that had a very active running group.  We were into the Corporate Cup Relays that was popular in those days.  I got pretty fit pretty fast trying to keep up with some very good runners back then.

I never considered, and still don’t consider myself as a talented runner, but have been blessed with fairly good body mechanics and have avoided most common  running injuries, except for a bout of planter fasciitis – who hasn’t? – and have been able to train consistently.  Although I run every day, I doubt that I have any significant "streaks."

I have several ndividual age course records in the Bolder Boulder 10K. These include: Age 55 in 2002 ran 36:36, age 56 in 2003 ran 37:01, age 65 in 2012 ran 41:46, and age 67 in 2014 ran 43:31

I hold two age group course records in the Garden of the Gods 10 Miler, Colorado Springs, which I’m sure will be broken: Age Group 60-64, Ran 1:08:56, Age Group 65-69 ran 1:13:05

I won the USATF Masters Marathon Championships 55-59 age group in 2:51:38 (Twin Cities 9/29/2002).

I won USATF Masters 10K Championships 55-59 age group in 36:16 (Heritage Oaks Bank 9/26/2004).

I ran the 101st Boston Marathon in 2:45:51 at age 50.

I don’t cross train (probably should).  Practically all of my miles have been on the roads and trails.  I try to avoid treadmills at all costs. I don’t have any specific goals other than to keep running and training and enter whatever race comes along. I’m just thankful I can still put one foot in front of the other.