Brad Kautz reached 111,111.1 miles in late April 2022

Brad Kautz                                    

Dulce, NM
DOB: August 1, 1957
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My running career began on October 1, 1978, while I was in the US Navy and stationed on the USS Nimitz, homeported in Norfolk, VA. At the age of 21, and with a history of running intermittently since graduating from high school, that was the day I went for a run of 3 miles and then wrote it down in a log. I didn’t realize it at the time but it was the activity of keeping a record of my running that moved me from “jogger” to “runner.”

I’ve been keeping track ever since, and as of the end of October, 2021, I have recorded
a lifetime total of 109,793.0 miles, reaching the 100K mark in December of 2018. I am a
streak runner, thanks to the influence of my long-time running partner Steve DeBoer.
My longest streak of at least one mile a day was 2,721 days. Two of the hardest single
runs of the past 41 years were my one attempt at doing a 100 mile run, which was
successful, and the mile I needed to keep my streak the next day. Steve was present for
both of these runs and that slow, painful mile was entirely legit.

I have had good years and not so good years. During my highly competitive period,
from 1984 through 1996, I ran 4000+ miles three times, with an all-time yearly high of
4,446.6 miles in 1995. The leanest year was 2004, with 711.0 miles. An upside of the
pandemic was reaching 4,105.1 miles in 2020. I’m on track to reach 3,000+ for 2021
and think I may cut back markedly in 2022, as increasing age is making higher mileage
less fun.

In 41 years I’ve run 544 races, ranging from the half mile, once, to the 100 mile, once.
The marathon has been my favorite distance, completing my 64 th at my Boston debut in
October, 2021. I’ve been under 2:30 seven times, with a PR of 2:25:40 at Grandma’s in
1993. It was the last PR I ever ran at any distance and I find it fitting that it was at what
I’ve always considered to be, mile for mile, my best day at a race.

It has been my pleasure to have won a number of races, mostly between 1984-1995.
One of my most favorite, and surprising wins, was the only marathon victory, coming at
the Warrior Run, a small marathon in the NE Arizona desert, where at age 57 and at
mile-marker 22, I passed the man who had a 13 minute lead on me at the halfway point.
Pushing myself to prevent a collapse and being caught by the man in third place I
wound up passing the leader instead. I followed that fond memory up two months later
by obliterating my marathon PW, which had stood for unchallenged for 31 years.
Since leaving the US Navy in 1980 I’ve lived and run most of my miles in Milwaukee,
WI, August, 1980 to August, 1986, Rochester, MN, August, 1986 to August, 2013, and
Dulce, NM, from August, 2013 to the present.

For 41 years running has provided many memories, good and otherwise, and many
friends, all of whom are remembered fondly. It is a pleasure to write this reflection and
be included in this particular group.

Camille Herron reached 100,000 miles on April 7, 2022

Here's an article about Camille, likely the youngest female runner to reach 100,000 miles ... though we don't have good records on stuff like this.

Herron won the 2017 Comrades Marathon
in South Africa
Camille is also a multi world record holder in ultra marathon running. Even more amazing: She is always smiling and giggling. What gives with that? Well, it's a breath of fresh air in our serious runners' crowd.

https://www.outsideonline.com/health/running/culture-running/people/camille-herron-100k-mile-club

Randy Burt reached 102,325 miles (March 7, 2022)

Randy Burt

Antioch, Illinois

DOB: November 15, 1947 

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My running career began in 1962 as a freshman cross country runner at Bremen High School. Cross country and track became my primary athletic activities in high school and college. I never really thought running would become a lifetime activity. However, 59 years later I still love running and plan on running as long as possible. 

My college education was interrupted with a stint in the U.S. Army from 1969 to 1971 which greatly reduced my running activity. I was an Army Ranger in Vietnam and returned to running daily as soon as I returned home. Upon graduation from Illinois State University, my wife and I began our careers at Pacific Gas and Electric Company in the San Francisco Bay Area. It was there I ran the 1975 Bay to Breakers Race, my longest race to date at that time. My career brought my wife, baby girl and I back to the Chicago Area in March 1977. 

Plans were in the works for the first Chicago Marathon, the Mayor Daley Marathon scheduled to run in September 1977, the entry fee was $5.00. In August I decided to try my first marathon at age 29 before "I was over the hill". On September 25, 1977 I was one of the 4,200 runners assembled in Daley Plaza for the start of the race. It was the worlds largest marathon at that time. Like most of the runners that morning I did not know what I had gotten myself into. I was under trained, wore all the wrong clothing and my pre-race meal of pepperoni pizza and red wine the night before was a very bad decision. 

The race started and I passed 10 miles, my longest training run and was actually doing alright considering my lack of training and knowledge. It was sometime soon after mile 20 that I began feeling the effects of that pizza the night before. I had stomach cramps for the last 6 miles and in spite of that finished in 3.35. I never thought I would run another marathon again with such discomfort in the quads and skin chaffed very badly in all the wrong places for a few days following the race.

Well, on October 10, 2021, I was one of only 3 runners who have successfully completed all 43 Bank of America Chicago Marathons, and it was my 86th marathon altogether. Yes, I got the marathon bug, still have it and now know proper training, clothing, racing and proper nutrition. Over the years I have raced in 5K, 10K, 15K, 20K, 25K, half marathons and marathons. For my 50th birthday I ran 50 miles. For my 60th birthday I ran 60 miles. For my 70th birthday I rode my mountain bike 70 miles as injuries began to interfere with serious running. 

I still run 2 marathons each year. However, training runs focus on tempo and long distance runs up to 20 miles, I avoid speed work to prevent injuries. My personal record for the marathon is 3.05, so I never cracked that major milestone of running a sub 3 hour marathon. I have however run many marathons at 3.10, so I qualified for Boston a total of 46 times, every year from age 40 through 71. For many of those years I qualified for Boston twice each year. My marathon finish times have slowed in recent years due to an accumulation of running related injuries. 

However, the desire to train for and run marathons remains strong so I plan on running marathons as long as possible. I am like most marathoners, I love running!

Randy Jarzynka has reached 100,130 miles (Dec 21, 2021)

Randy Jarzynka

Cairo, Nebraska

DOB: December 1958

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I became interested in running early on, but it was in 1975 when I began to record running miles, documenting distance, times, plus other observances.


After High School (1977) is when I really felt compelled to run, qualifying for my first Boston Marathon in 1980 and running two more Boston’s in 1986 (2:32:42, 101st ) and 1988 (2:30:05, 110 th ) respectively.


The bulk of my mileage would come during my enrollment at Chadron State College (Nebraska) from 1981 to 1985, running cross-country, indoor and outdoor track and commonly recording 120 miles per week. While in 1982 I recorded 4,001 miles, during this time, my prs were … mile 4:37, two mile 9:37, 5K 15:26, 10K 31:06, 15K 44:45, Half Marathon 1:09:42 and Marathon of 2:22:43.


After college I continued to run and meticulously document daily running activities on graph paper consisting of distance, time, temperature, shoe, and location of runs plus others.


Also, I have written numerous stories at one time or another about events that have occurred while running and I have found that it is not only about time and distance, but of things that have happened between the start and finish of every

run.


100,000 miles recorded on November 20, 2021.


Last, how cool would it be to be listed alphabetically after the legendary Ron

Hill!!!

Andy Ferrara reached 100,001 miles on Nov. 1, 2021

Andy Ferrara
Spring, TX
DOB: March, 1948
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I do not know if anyone has ever set out with the intent to run 100,000 miles. At least I cannot imagine it. I started running as a sophomore (1963) in high school (Erasmus Hall in Brooklyn). I just wanted to make the track team. Once on the team I discovered cross-country and wanted to be a part of that as well. Little did I realize that it would become such a big part of my life. 

After high school I attended the City College of New York (CCNY) and continued running cross-country and track. After a change of majors, I was determined to be a track and cross-country coach. I “floated” around to various NYC high schools, as was typical in the 1970’s, until finally getting permanently assigned to South Shore HS in Brooklyn. 

My running stopped during this time, as family, teaching and coaching filled my time. The NYC financial crises changed all of that in 1976. I lost my job after 7 nearly years. I began running again as a release and to have “time to think.” I ended up in Houston, Texas and continued my teaching and coaching career. I retired last June after a total of 52 years teaching and coaching in high school. 

Once in Texas I resumed serious training again and started a running streak that continues to this day. On August 18, 2021, it reached 44 years (16,071 days). I ran my first marathon in Houston in December 1977 (2:59:19). I followed it with the 1978 NYC Marathon (a disaster of over ambitious proportions). My best time was a 2:38:01 in 1984 in the Houston Marathon. 

Probably my proudest race was in 2016. After not racing for 25 years or so, I gave the Houston Half Marathon a try. Less than 2 months before my 68 th birthday I ran 1:52:45 and finished 7 th in the 65-69 age group, surpassing all of my goals. As I started out saying, I never intended to run 100,000 miles. Neither did I plan to have a running streak still going. These just happened. 

About 7 years ago I noticed I was less than 16,000 miles away. Thanks to digital spreadsheets, I was able to estimate when I could reach 100k. Suddenly it did not look as close as it did originally. At the daily mileage I was running, the prediction was to reach it in January 2022. Naturally being a runner, a coach, a competitor a new goal presented itself. Do not just run 100k, beat the predicted date as well. 

So here I am in October 2021, and I will reach 100,000 miles on Monday November 1 st . Two and half month ahead of schedule. To the average person, I know all this sounds crazy. But to those on this web site it probably sounds pretty typical, no “biggie.” Of course, I can see a new goal taking shape: 100,000 miles for my running streak. That will require at least another 4 years. Why not? I will just 77 years old.