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Pending M80-84 American Records for 24 hours, 100 miles, and 48 hours were set by Bill Dodson (81) at the 2nd Annual “A Race for the Ages” held in Manchester, Tennessee, Sept 1 – Sept. 5. He ran in first place until he had to stop at 125 miles due to a shin problem, and he still placed 41st overall for distance. Tamalpa’s Bob Cowdry (age 72) finished fifth overall with a total distance of 170 miles.
About “A Race for the Ages” from Race Director Lazarus Lake:
For those who are not familiar, the Race for the Ages is not exactly a handicapped event. The race ends at noon on Labor Day, and every runner is allotted one hour for every year of age… with a minimum of 24 hours. Last year, the oldest entrant was 84, so we had starts for 60 consecutive hours! The winner is the person who accumulates the most mileage during their time on the course. Last year’s ARFTA featured the greatest collection of ultrarunning talent ever assembled… only it was about 30 years too late! ARFTA has turned into one of the grand reunions in all of sports. This is your chance to rub shoulders with some of the greatest ultrarunners in American history. You can run with (or run down) the heroes of the past.