Phil Ryan has run 137,232 miles (April 30, 2014)


Phil Ryan
Millis, MA
DOB: 10-11-42
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 I started running at the age of 17 as a Freshmen at SUNY at Brockport, NY, on the X-C team in the Fall of 1960. I didn't keep any  specific training records  for my 4 years of X-C and the Track seasons. In the spring of 1965 while attending graduate school at BU and running in NE road races, I was persuaded to join the BAA running club by Jock Semple. He became my main motivator/mentor and friend. On May,1 1966, I started my 1st year Training Logbook which I have kept yearly since that time as well as running for the BAA in various road races. Some of my personal running related highlights would be the following. Best Marathon - 2:29:42 - Syracuse,N.Y. -1st in 1970 -Best Boston -1970 - 2:31:07(35th) Best Mileage  year - 5,448 - 1971 (2 years over 5,000),  Best Week - 175 ,  Best 1 Hour run(track) - 11miles& 865 yds ,  Member of the BAA team (3) which won the National 30K  in 1969 - ran in the Springbank International in London, Ont. 1970 -( 12 miles) - 12th place - 61:35   Selected to the USA Olympic Training camp at Washington State in 1970. Qualified tor 2 Olympic Marathon trials and also selected by USOC as one of the 10 participants to represent the US at the International Olympic Academy in Greece in 1972

Sue O'Malley has run 100,000 miles (March, 2014)

Sue O’Malley
Port Orange, Fla.
DOB: 15-07-1960
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I have been running since 1974, when I was a student at Stroudsburg High School. I did well
in track (we did not have cross-country at the time), and I competed in district as an individual.
I was undefeated for four years in the mile and three years in the two mile, winning seven
Centennial League championships. My coach told me I wouldn’t go far in running, because “I
had no leg speed.”

I continued to enjoy success at what was then East Stroudsburg State College (East
Stroudsburg University), earning AIAW All-American honors in the 10,000, eight Pa. state titles
and set a record in the 10,000 that stood for 30 years before being recently broken. I was later
inducted into the school’s hall of fame.

After college, I continued to compete in road races around the region, with my friends Woody
Geary, Ed Krawitz and my future husband, J.J. O’Malley. In fact, J.J. took me to my first
marathon in 1982, telling me we were going to a Jets-Dolphins game with a stop in New Jersey
for the Sri Chimnoy Marathon. I had no aspirations of running marathons at the time; J.J. felt my
training base was good enough to race the distance. I went out easy and hooked up with Paul
Fetscher, who told me stories that kept me laughing much of the way. I finished in 2:58, also the
first woman finisher.

Later that year I ran 2:55 at the Marine Corps Marathon (fifth woman), and came back and won
the event the following year in 2:45 – which qualified me for the first U.S. Women’s Olympic
Marathon Trails in Olympia, Wash. I finished 50 in 2:43:01, which remains my personal best.

As I kept running, the miles accumulated. After my marriage in 1991 I moved to Montour Falls,
N.Y. I won the Wineglass Marathon twice and captured a number of gold medals in the Empire
State Games.

I moved to Florida in 1998, living in Homestead until 2001 when we settled down at Port Orange
(Daytona Beach). After having a few easy years after the birth of our daughter, Erin, in 1992, I
picked up the pace and have been competitive in events around the state ever since.

My stats include988 road races; 281 overall wins; and 109 wins as a master. I hit 100,000 miles
in early march.

One of my slogans is “there is no finish line,” and I continue to live the dream as I aspire to
future goals.

Sue's PR's: 5K – 17:11 in college (18:45 masters, 2001). 10K, 35:55 in college (38:45
masters) 1⁄2 marathon, 1:18, Scranton Half Marathon 1985 (1:28 masters, Outback
Jacksonville, 2010), marathon,-2:43:01, 1984 Olympic Trials (3:07 masters, Disney
World, 2002

Doug Kewley has run 100,000 miles (March 1, 2014)

Doug Kewley
Adelaide, SA, Australia
DOB: 18-06-1950
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I have been running for 30 years, from 1984 to 2014. At high school I led the chess club (VIC State Champion) and had no physical sporting activity at all. I took up soccer while doing my PhD in rocket science at the Australian National University. Later I became a soccer referee after I moved to the Southampton UK, Sydney and finally Adelaide.  I just recently went over the 100,000 mile mark while training for my next set of multi-day races in Athens, NYC and Hungary. I ran my best marathon 2:38:00 at Marine Corps, DC when I was 37. During 1986-87 I lived in Waterford CT and ran my first Boston (total of 6) and New York marathon. I have won 5 small South Australian marathons outright plus the RSA 6-day race in Pretoria over New Year 2013-2014. After completing 100 lifetime race marathons in 2013 (including 26 Adelaide Marathons) I ran the 101st at Marathon du Medoc, France with my eldest daughter running her first. It had 22 wine stops and so at 5:45 was by far my slowest but perhaps the most fun. I am currently in training for my new challenge of multi-day races where the world age group road distance of 762km is within my grasp. In part also because I am Race Director of the first 6-day race in Australia since 2005. So I try to peak between 200-300km (124-186 miles) a week. But I have lost all my marathon speed in the last six months.. On the first race day I expect to run over 100 miles with the aim of reaching around 186km by 48hrs to get a good start for the rest of race. These races are a balance between run/walk/sleep/eating and washing, so having a crew makes a difference (still hoping for help!).

Robert Chasen has run 138,000 lifetime miles (Feb. 17, 2014)

Robert Chasen
Weymouth MA
DOB: 9/2/1954
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At age 6, doctors told my parents that I would never be able to do strenous activity due to severe rheumatic heart disease.  I missed the second half of 1st grade due to heart related hospitalizations.  I bucked the trend at age 14 when I started running.  I needed a new doctors note to let me on the track team because I actually failed the pre-sport physcial.  45 years and 138,000 miles later, I proved the original experts wrong.  At least half those years were at a steady 80-90 miles per week.  As I now get close to 60, my mileage has dropped to the 40-50 mile per week range.  My accomplishments are a 30:26 10K, 3 time New England age group mountain racing champion, and various good masters performances on the roads and in cross-country.  However, my favorite accomplishment is all the friends I made during all those miles and years and the rich experiences they created for me.

Herb Townsend has increased his lifetime miles to 116,199 (Dec. 29, 2013)

Herb Townsend
DOB July 1, 1938
Treasure Island, FL

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I continue to plod along, and grab a few over-75 medals at local races.  For purpose of updating my 100K record, I have logged 2669 miles since the initial entry in September 2012, bringing the total to 116,199 to date.  It still amazes me that this is over 4  times around the Earth at its equator. 

This year I am planning to go to Granada to run with the gypsies, then in March to California  to run with the bison on Catalina Island, and then to Machu Pichu in November to run with the Incas.

Herb Townsend has run 114,030 miles (Sept. 2012)

Swept up in the running boom, my running career began in 1977 at age 39 with a
9.8-mile race in Allentown, PA. That was enough to get me hooked. Since then I
have competed in thousands of races, including 73 marathons, 1 ultra marathon,
4 triathlons, and 7 duathlons. My personal marathon best (2:40:42) occurred in
Philadelphia, PA on November 25, 1984. But most memorable of all was being the
overall winner of the Great Valley Marathon in Chambersburg, PA on January 27,
1990 at age 51 in a time of 2:51:39.

Based on daily entries in pocket calendars from 1981 to 1999, and in Excel
spreadsheets from 2000 to the present (September 26, 2012), there are a total of
103,109 documented miles. In addition to these, I estimate another 9750 that were
run but not recorded from 1977 to 1980 (during this period I only recorded my race
distances and times), and 1171 that I estimate were run during a 19-week gap in the
data resulting from a hard-drive meltdown on my PC in 2001. If these are included,
the total becomes 114,030.

Most of my 100K+ miles were run slowly, comprising what many would consider
junk miles. Still, they made me feel good, and kept me lean and fit. Along the way,
they led me to meet many great people, visit amazing places, and have incredible
experiences. I plan to continue running, mostly on the beaches of South Jersey and
the Florida Gulf, as long as I am physically able.