Running Past Fifty: Advice and Inspiration for Senior Runners

Running Past Fifty: Advice and Inspiration for Senior Runners

by Gail Waesche Kislevitz, Amby Burfoot

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Running brings joy and health benefits to all participants, especially those of the baby boomer generation. But when legs get sore, joints feel achy, and old age creeps up, sometimes senior runners need a little extra motivation to get out of the door and on the road. In Running Past Fifty, lifelong runner Gail Waesche Kislevitz provides helpful tips and motivation from thirty-six runners aged fifty or older.

Presenting time-tested recommendations, Kislevitz interviews some of the nation’s greatest senior runners. Included here are exclusive interviews with greats such as Ed Whitlock, who, at the age of eighty-five, set an age-division world record of 3:56 in the marathon; Bill Rodgers, winner of four Boston Marathons and four New York City Marathons; George Hirsch, chairman of New York Road Runners; Olympian and author Jeff Galloway; world record holder Sid Howard; and runner and women’s pioneer runner and advocate Kathrine Switzer

And legendary runners aren’t the only ones running well into seniority. Kislevitz also offers motivational stories from average runners who hit the pavement frequently and refuse to let their age stop them from competing regularly.

Baby boomer runners may be slower than they once were, but they show no signs of slowing down. Inspiring and insightful, Running Past Fifty is the perfect read for every one of them.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781510736306
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 10/09/2018
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 296
Sales rank: 938,297
File size: 34 MB
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About the Author

Gail Waesche Kislevitz is an award-winning journalist and the author of six books on running and sports. She was a columnist for Runner’s World for fifteen years and her freelance work has appeared in Shape, Marathon and Beyond, and New York Runner. A longtime employee of New York Road Runners, she is a coach for their marathon charity team, Team for Kids. Kislevitz has run twenty-six marathons, and has competed in triathlons, including a Half Ironman. In 2006, she was awarded the RRCA Journalist Excellence Sportswriter Award. Kislevitz lives in Ridgewood, New Jersey. Amby Burfoot won the Boston Marathon in 1968 and joined Runner's World ten years later. He became executive editor in 1985, and he held the position for twenty years before retiring in 2013. Amby has run 110,000 miles in his lifetime and owns the US's longest active "race road streak," having completed the Thanksgiving Day 5-mile run in Manchester, Connecticut, fifty-five years in a row. Currently a writer at-large for Runner's World, he has been honored by numerous running organizations both as an athlete and as a writer. Now in his early seventies, he continues running up to thirty miles a week.

Table of Contents

Foreword Amby Burfoot xi

Introduction 1


Julio Aguirre 13

Amy Bahrt 19

Gordon Bakoulis 25

George Banker 31

Kathy Bergen 37

Witold Bialokur 45

Karen Bowler 51

Michael Brooks 59

Kevin Follett 67

Jeff Galloway 73

Julian Gordon 79

Harold Green 85

William Gross 91

Alisa Harvey 97

Sabra Harvey 105

Julia Hawkins 113

George Hirsch 121

Sid Howard 127

Robert Lida 133

Betty Lindberg 139

James Manno 145

Gerald Miller 151

Charles Milliman 157

Tom Perri 165

Kimi Puntillo 171

Bill Rodgers 175

Ed Rousseau 181

Alan Ruben 187

Drew Swiss 193

Kathrine Switzer 199

Kathryn Waldron 207

Ed Whitlock 213

Motivating Factors

Julia Chase 219

Brian Salzberg 225

Jonathan Mendes 229

James Austin 233

Jamie and Lynn Parks 239

Lessons Learned 243

Advice from the Experts 253

Closing Remarks 263

Senior Events 267

Bibliography/Further Reading 269

Acknowledgments 271

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