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

Jeff Riddle has run 101,782 miles (Jan. 1, 2018)

Jeff Riddle
Mahomet IL
DOB: 3-19-1958
I started running as a 14 year old in
Madisonville, KY, in 1972 after watching Frank Shorter win the Munich Olympic marathon.  I was fascinated, and as a sports lover, here was something one could do w/o needing other people to participate like baseball, basketball or football.  I saw no one else running.  I ran in long blue jean pants and converse high top basketball shoes.  I ran barefoot too.  I ran for 4 years before I ran my first race, a 10 miler, on July 4, 1976.

I only ran part time until 1976 as I thought it was too cold to run in the winter time.  I have logs from 1976 until present (missing 1976 & 1990 but wrote down 3090 & 635 miles) and estimated my miles in 1972-1975.  I have confidence I've completed 101,782 miles in 46 years of years.  I will be 60 years old this March and just completed my first year of retirement, in which I ran 3,294 miles, most since 1982!! 

Lastly, I love to run and part of this love came from reading about long distance runners like Frank Shorter and Bill Rodgers. I was also a follower of Joe Henderson and loved his book "Run Gently, Run Long".

Kevin Follett has reached 100,000 miles (Dec. 20, 2017)

 Kevin Follett
 Fort Collins, CO
 DOB: DOB:  March 10, 1961
[Editor's note: Kevin Follett's 100,000+ miles is particularly interesting, because he has "logged" more than just his running.]

I just completed my lifetime goal of 100,000 miles
on December 20. What makes my log perhaps a little unique is that I have not only logged these miles (started January 1, 1977), but I've kept track of every person I've ever run with and post this list known as "Follett Miles", and I've also kept track of every single wildlife sighting from nearly 17,000 deer to exotic animals like Ibex & Monkeys to dangerous animals like Mountain lions & Wild Boars.  In my log I have kept track of every shoe I've worn since 1973.   Also in my online log is a 41 year Autobiography of my running- I've run, coached, and traveled to many parts of the world to watch my oldest daughter, Katie Mackey of the Brooks Beasts, complete. 

As long as I can remember, I have loved writing things down and documenting them.  I have kept a detailed diary of my life, kept a detailed record of my finances and budget, etc.  To me "it didn't count unless I wrote it down". 

In January of 1977, my Dad encouraged me to start documenting how much I was running.  As I started this log, I not only wrote down how much I was running, but who I ran with and how much with each person.  I also kept track of which shoes I was running in, the weather, and for me, the most fun was documenting wildlife sightings.  With all these stats I could makes charts and graphs, see trends and set goals.  When people ran with me, I gave them "Follett miles".  For this reason, I believe many people ran with me that might have otherwise not cared, just so they could move up on my "Follett Miles Running Partners" list!

I started teaching High School Math and coaching Cross Country and Track in 1983. During the summers, my wife and I led four Track team projects in Scandinavia, Switzerland and Belgium with Athletes in Action. Teaching, coaching and traveling in  the summers were great experiences and through them I have developed life long friendships and running partners.   Our family loved to travel, and as the children got older we always worked in a run on our vacations.   We visited new places with the goal of running in every state and several foriegn countries (22 countries in all).  Many of the states and most of the foriegn countries were visited while following my daughters to their college cross country and track meets. 

When my oldest daughter, Katie Mackey, gradruated from the University of Washington and joined the Brooks Beasts professional track club, I was able to travel around the world to see her compete.  Some of the highlights included seeing her race in the World Relays in the Bahamas and setting an American Record in the 4x1500 meters, seeing her race in the Continental Cup in Marrakesh, Morrocco for Team Americas, and winning a 3000 meter Diamond Leage race in Stockholm, Sweden.

I set my goal of running 100,000 miles in September of 1981 when I reached 10,000 miles.  I did the math and figured it was doable to run 100,000 miles in the next thirty-five to forty years if I could stay healthy and be consistent.  Looking back, I'd say one of the hardest parts of reaching the milestone was finding time every day while working and raising a family to carve out one to two hours to get in a run.  Most of my miles were in Colorado, so winter always presented a challenge with snowstorms and early sunsets.  I also have a lot of other interests like backpacking in the summer and hunting in the fall, so again it was figuring out how I would get my run in with everything else I enjoyed doing throughout the year.  

Over my 41 years of running, I raced only about one to three times each year.  I raced everything from the mile (4:25.1) in high school to six different ultra-marathons by the time I was in my 30s.  Trail races over tough terrain were my favorites over the years. 

My first marathon was the Rawhide Marathon in my home-town of Fort Collins, Colorado, in which I ran 2:49:50 in October of 1984.  My second marathon was the Colorado Marathon, again in my home-town of Fort Collins, ran when I turned 50 years old in 3:52.  I loved trail races running the 35 mile Doc Holiday Trail Race in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, the 16 mile Pony Express Trail Race in Monument, Colorado (finishing 3rd), the 19k Frutigen to Adelboden Climb in Switzerland, the 13.1 Peak to Peak Trail Race in Estes Park, Colorado, the 14 mile Pikes Peak Ascent (in 2:58), and the 26 mile Valley View Trail Race in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.  

My best races were three 50k trail races run in the early 1990s.  I ran and won the Phd 50k Trail Race in Fort Collins, Colorado in December of 1992.  I took 3rd overall in the Colorado Trail 50k held in Waterton Canyon, just outside of Denver, Colorado in September of 1993.  Then I defended my title in the Phd 50k Trail race in December of 1993, winning in my best 50k time of 3:29:40.

I've gotten a lot out of running over the years, and probably the best part was running with my wife and daughters and having hours and hours to talk and grow closer.  Through these runs, running gave a lot back to me.  I will continue to run, but having to put in close to 50 miles per week won't be 'required' now that I've met the 100,000 mile goal. 

Kevin’s running log website, which includes a complete running autobiography, decade by decade:

Other links to articles about Kevin:

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 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.