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Bob Babbitt's Endurance World Newsletter Vol 1 Edition 4
April 20, 2016
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Welcome to Edition 4 of Bob Babbitt’s Endurance World Newsletter.


The year was 1980. There were 108 of us signed up for the third running of an event called The Ironman Triathlon on the island of Oahu. In both 1978 and 1979, 15 adventurers had signed up for the 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, and 26.2 mile run to see if they had what it took to get to the finish line. There were 12 finishers in both 1978 and 1979, a grand total of only 24 Ironman finishers up until that point in time. But the 1979 Sports Illustrated article on Tom Warren’s 1979 win changed everything.

In 1980, the last year before the Ironman moved to the Big Island of Hawaii, 108 of us toed the line at Ala Moana Park. There were no aid stations - you had to supply your own crew - and no roads were blocked off. I remember that each of us was asked to fill out an athletic resume’, which was pretty easy for me since I was a PE teacher at a small private school in San Diego and had no accomplishments whatsoever.  As I paged through the resume’s of the real athletes in the race, there was three-time Olympic cyclist John Howard, and top swimmer Dave Scott. But the one resume’ that stopped me in my tracks, that made me realize I was in WAY over my head, came from a young man from Boston named Dave McGillivray. On Dave’s resume’ he explained how he had run over 3,000 miles across the U.S., going from Medford, Oregon to Medford, Massachusetts. I couldn’t get over the fact that someone could actually get up every morning for I don’t know how many days and just run 50 miles. What type of athletic freaks am I dealing with here? That moment was 36 years ago and I remember it like it was yesterday.

So what is that athletic freak doing today? Well, he happens to be the Race Director of the Boston Marathon and on Monday night, after putting on a little event for 30,000 of his closest friends, he went back to the start in Hopkinton and ran his 44th Boston Marathon in a row.

Some things never change.


In this edition of our Endurance World Newsletter, we celebrate the legendary Boston Marathon!
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Race Director Dave McGillivray at the Boston Marathon finish line shortly after 9:00 pm on Monday April 18, 2016. 
Breakfast with Bob Boston Edition: Uta Pippig
I had never met the three-time Boston Marathon champion, three-time Berlin Marathon champion, and New York City Marathon champion Uta Pippig until the day before the Boston Marathon. When she spoke of her time living in East Germany and then winning the first-ever Reunification Marathon that went through the Brandenburg Gate, you start to realize the importance of our sport goes way beyond split times and finish lines.
 
Dean Karnazes ran 50 marathons in 50 days in 50 states. But what hits you the most about the man I call Dean the Dream is the fact that, the morning after the 50/50/50 finished up in New York City, he filled up a baby jogger with his gear and, with no cameras around, he simply started running back home to California. While we were chatting before Boston he casually mentioned that he was RUNNING to the start of the marathon and then running the marathon. The man is definitely Dean the Dream!
Speaking of special, back in 2003, Will Ferrell with his trainer Gary Kobat ran the Boston Marathon in 3:56 and dropped Elvis (yours truly) like a stone early on. That same year he joined us along with Jim Carey at our CAF fundraiser, the San Diego Triathlon Challenge, and he and Jim ran the half marathon together. We honored Will that next January at our Competitor Awards Gala at Sea World as our Celebrity Athlete of the Year. His speech, as you might expect, was pretty epic. Enjoy!
 
Michael Wardian has run two marathons in one day - he won San Antonio and took tenth in Las Vegas, raced a marathon dressed as Spiderman, and has a personality that is off the charts. This year he is running all of the World Marathon Majors, besides numerous 100 milers. Plus, I’m betting we’ll get him in an Elvis outfit somewhere along the line to rock a little lycra with us!
 
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