Thomas C. Bennett reached 160,000 kilometers on Nov. 30, 2019

Thomas C. Bennett
Auburn, Maine
Age 62
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I started running in May, 1981, after relocating to Maine from California, and that month notched a 49:14 10K. My first bout with serious training began in late 1983/early 1984, when my sister Kelly and I prepared for the original Maine Coast Marathon, which we ran in May, 1984. I have run around 40 marathons, with a PR of 2:43 at San Francisco in 1985. In recent years, I’ve returned to racing 5Ks and half marathons, and have done a number of trail and mountain races, including the Pineland 25K, Loon Mountain, and Cranmore Mountain Race, but continue to train almost exclusively on the roads.

My non-marathon road PRs are all from 1989: 8K 25:50, 10K 33:12, 10 mile 54:53,  half marathon 1:14:14. I reached 50,000 miles of running after 12.5 years, while the second 50,000 miles took twice as long. I got married in 1995, and have helped raise beautiful twin daughters while enjoying a fulfilling profession as a public librarian and historian. I value the benefits of snowshoeing, my canoe and Concept2 rower, hiking, shoveling the plentiful Maine snow, stacking, and hauling on average six cord of wood annually, trying new running events, and long, slow distance with good training partners. I serve on the board of the Maine Running Hall of Fame and as MRHOF archivist.


Jerry Kotsovos has run 127,000 miles (April 15, 2019)

Jerry Kotsovos
Camas, WA
D.O.B.:  May, 1946
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I was overweight during the latter portion of my childhood and during my college years.  However, wanting to lose weight, on July 19,1975 I started counting the number of miles I ran each day in order to motivate myself in my attempt to lose weight.  Since July 19, 1975, I have run more than 127,000 miles (a number of miles more than equal to half-way to the moon and more than equal to five times the circumference of the Earth.)  I try to run everyday and my longest streak of unmissed days occurred during my late 60's and early 70's when I ran on each of 1,943 consecutive days (a period of time lasting more than five years). It was a streak of runs which included runs in, in successive years, Canada, Panama, Egypt, Costa Rica, and Spain as well as runs in the United States. (When I am not running in my hometown, and, therefore, running an unmarked course, I calculate mileage run by adding several minutes to my typical minutes per mile so that I can be sure that I am not overcounting my mileage.)

I have been recording my number of miles run each day since 1975.  Indeed, my number of miles run since 1989 have been recorded on Runner's World annual calendars.  When I started running at 29-years-of-age, I would not have believed that  I would be running for more than forty years or running marathons.  However, several months after I started running, former Olympic marathoner Kenny Moore, like myself a graduate of the University of Oregon, won Coos Bay, Oregon's annual 18 miles race titled "Circle-the-Bay" and, after the race, told me that if I can run 18 miles then I can run a marathon.  I ran my first marathon several months after my conversation with Kenny Moore and have continued running marathons to the extent I have run marathons in six decades of my life.  (My best marathon time was the 2:56:12 I ran in the 1978 Boston Marathon.)

Norm Spitzig has reached 100,000 miles (March 27, 2019)

Norm Spitzig
Mount Dora, Florida
DOB: January, 1950
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On March 27th , 2019, I “officially” reached 100,000 running miles. Woohoo! Actually, I almost surely surpassed this lofty number a couple of years ago due to my longtime conservative
mileage-recording practice of “rounding down to whole numbers” when logging my miles. For example, a 9.3-mile run is counted as simply 9 miles. (Hey, that’s just who I am!)

It is my special honor to now become part of such an accomplished group of laser-focused high achievers, given that, by comparison, I am a relative slow-poke. My best time in the marathon is 2:51:30, recorded at the 1982 America’s Marathon in Chicago. Other notable” personal bests (at least from my perspective!) are:

* my 1982 Fort Wayne 50-mile run in 6:49:04,
* my 35:50 in the 1982 Cincinnati Home Loan 10K,
* my fifty-five minutes flat in the 1981 Cincinnati “Mini-Marathon” (15 kilometers), and
* my 1:21:02 in the 1981 Covington (Kentucky) Wade YMCA Half Marathon.

Truth be told, I remember my 1:56.43 in the 2018 Mount Dora (Florida) Half Marathon as one of my tougher races, even if was a full 35:41 slower than what I ran over the same distance in Kentucky all those years ago. Alas, tempus fugit. My highest weekly mileage is right at 100 miles,  a feat that I accomplished exactly once. (And that was enough!)

I am also a dedicated “streak runner”, but not the kind that most people conjure up when they first hear this term. (And no, Ray Stevens, I’ve never run in the nude–at least as an adult!) My particular idea of streak running is to reach at least 2,000 miles in any given calendar year, something that I have accomplished 46 times during my time on earth. This particular approach to streak running allows me to have a “bad” week, or even a “bad” month and still attain my annual goal. (Plus, this approach has kept me relatively injury free for over five decades of running by allowing me to rest my weary body when and as needed!) My 2,000-miles-in-a-year streak was last broken in 1996, when I “only” ran 1,927 miles, but I haven’t missed attaining this magical number since that time. We’ll learn soon enough how many more years I can keep this current streak alive.

On a personal note, my wonderful wife Cody Pollock Spitzig and I have been married for thirty-seven awesome years. We have three marvelous adult children (none of whom resides in our basement and all of whom have grown up to become caring, responsible and, perhaps most importantly, genuinely likable adults with razor-sharp senses of humor). We are currently doing our best to thoroughly spoil our four super-huggable grandchildren, all with an uncanny physical and intellectual resemblance to Grampa Norm. I spent my professional life working in the world of private clubs, early on as a general manager and, for the past two decades, as Principal and
Senior Partner in Master Club Advisors, where I continue to focus my efforts on executive search, leadership workshops for boards of directors, strategic planning facilitation, and speaking to assorted club associations and groups literally around the world. All four of my private-club-centered novels (Private Clubs in America and around the World; Murder and Mayhem at Old Bunbury; How Now, Norm’s Tao;, and Soul on Nice) continue to sell reasonably well because, well, most everyone agrees that they are pretty darn funny. (Book details are available at ww.CliveEndiveOgiveIV.com and www.NormSpitzig.com)

RIP Dr. Herb Fred, worldwide leader with 253,100 documented lifetime miles

Dr. Herbert L. Fred
Dr. Herb Fred running on his
Woodway treadmill in 2011.
Houston, TX
DOB: June 11, 1929
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We note with sadness, but also profound respect, that Dr. Herb Fred passed away on Dec. 30, 2018.

He is believed to have accumulated more documented lifetime running miles--253,100--than anyone else in the world. He had to stop running in 2016. Below we show only his miles through 2011. You might want to note that he ran 4917 miles in 2009, his 80th year.

Photos of Amby Burfoot's visit with Herb Fred here.
His complete obituary here:

(There are a number of Herb Fred pages on this website, as I haven't organized things very well. Use the Search tool in the right sidebar if you would like to find all the Herb Fred pages.)======================
"You will note that I ran 2886 miles in 2011 and that my total life mileage is 244,950." See below for year-by-year totals.
And here for some biographical information about this remarkable man and M.D. Also here and here for other entries about Herb Fred within 100kLifetimeMiles.com




    HERBERT L. FRED, M.D.
    Total Running Mileage Per Year



AGE
YEAR
MILEAGE
AGE
YEAR
MILEAGE
37
1966
720.0
60
1989
5,568.0
38
1967
1,825.0
61
1990
5,787.0
39
1968
2,920.0
62
1991
5,946.0
40
1969
4,015.0
63
1991
6,255.0
41
1970
3,415.5
64
1993
6,049.0
42
1971
4,911.5
65
1994
6,054.0
43
1972
7,638.0
66
1995
6,124.0
44
1973
6,851.0
67
1996
5,781.0
45
1974
5,127.0
68
1997
5,304.0
46
1975
5,338.0
69
1998
4,619.0
47
1976
6,028.5
70
1999
4,596.0
48
1977
5,982.0
71
2000
4,812.0
49
1978
6,369.0
72
2001
4,786.0
50
1979
6,458.0
73
2002
4,773.0
51
1980
7,300.0
74
2003
4,644.0
52
1981
7,540.0
75
2004
3,973.0
53
1982
7,661.5
76
2005
5,288.0
54
1983
7,580.0
77
2006
5,220.0
55
1984
7,492.0
78
2007
4,018.0
56
1985
7,221.0
79
2008
5,138.0
57
1986
6,595.0
80
2009
4,917.0
58
1987
4,630.0
81
2010
3,301.0
59
1988
5,492.0
82
2011
2,886.0




TOTAL
244,950.0

Carolyn Mather ran 7921 miles in 2018.

Here's an update from Carolyn Mather, who we believe has run more miles than any other woman. As you'll see below, she now has a lifetime total of 217,942 miles.

We also want to note that in December, Carolyn won her age group (70-74) at the USATF National Club Championships in cross-country. 
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Despite my best efforts I ran way too much in 2018. It seems to be the only way I can manage missing my dear husband, but I have made a resolution to cut it at least in half in 2019. The main motivation is that I am not getting faster and an average of 20 plus miles a day is now taking up too much of my waking time. I need to do other things besides run. 

With that said my total for the year was a crazy 7921. I truly promise this was my swan song year for so many miles. That brings my lifetime total to 217942. I am hoping to get to at least a quarter of a million if I live long enough but not any time too soon. 

That makes eight years over 7000 in the past 13 years. It is also my highest total of any year so it is a good time to say goodbye to high mileage.

Here's Carolyn's full Profile page: https://www.100klifetimemiles.com/2016/09/carolyn-mather-becomes-first-woman-to.html