The Masters LDR Committee sent out the letter below announcing the early ratification of numerous age-group American Records, including several performances by PA runners.
Greetings on behalf of the Masters LDR Committee!
The economy is starting to reopen which brings hope. We are all eager to resume competing head-to-head
safely in National Championships. But there is still no definitive word on when it will be possible to stage Masters LDR Championships.
In the meantime, the Masters LDR Committee has ratified new American Records in June this year instead of waiting until the Annual Meeting in December.
The Committee’s early approval gives us all something to cheer about! The Committee commends Andy Carr for his tireless work in getting the necessary
paperwork filed by the races so the records can be ratified.
First, congratulations to all who broke records; it is an amazing accomplishment!
Recognition of Mark Richtman’s M60 record in the 50 Mile Run is poignant;
he died last year in a kayaking accident in Tomales Bay in California. An appreciation of this extraordinary ultra-runner, coach, multiple record holder, and leader is here.
By a serendipitous coincidence, Richtman’s running pal and fellow Tamalpa Runners athlete, Brian Pilcher, also had his amazing performance at the 2016 BOA Chicago Marathon ratified.
At that race, run one week after he set a new M60 record for the 5K, Pilcher, the 2013 USATF Masters Athlete of the Year, set new M60 records for the Half Marathon 1:16:54, the 25K 1:31:41, the 30K 1:50:53, and the Marathon 2:42:44!
Marathon records were set at the 2020 Olympic Trials Marathon in Atlanta by Abdi Abdirahman, M40 2:10:03 and Bernard Lagat, M45 2:14:03.
Two other noted Masters Marathoners set 30 Km and 50 Km records, respectively, Gene Dykes, M70 2:09:04 and Mike Wardian, M45 2:59:35.
Anny Stockman, F85 1:07:36 added the 8K to the 5K record for women 85 and up that she claimed in 2017.
Pamela Chapman-Markle, set 4 ‘ultra’ F60 records: the 100 Km 11:47:57, the 100 Mile 20:58:24, the 24 hour 190,683 meters and 48 hour 291,793 meters runs.
Runs of over 10,000 meters on the track are also under the jurisdiction of Masters LDR. Meghan Laws set 3 such F55 records at the 50,000 Meters 3:56:52, the 100,000 Meters 8:41:21 and the 50 Mile Run 6:44:50.
These PA runners also had their records ratified: Rich Hanna, Mark Murray, Jean Pommier, Bob Hearn, JoAnn Hall, and Sandra Villines.
The complete list…