Pacific Association USATF

RR Brian Pilcher breaks 4 M60 American records in Chicago

Breaking an American record is a rare achievement. One that only a small group of runners will ever accomplish. Breaking four American records puts you into an even more elite group and is an feat generally only accomplished by someone who is or will be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Breaking four American records in a single race is completely unprecedented, but that is what Brian Pilcher did Sunday at the Chicago Marathon. In route to a 2:42:44 (gun) time for the full Marathon, Brian ran the fastest Half Marathon by an American over 60. His 1:16:54 was 1 second under Norm Green’s 1993 record, and his 25 km time of 1:31:41 destroyed the Alex Ratelle’s 1:36:20 mark set back in 1989. At 30 km, his 1:50:53 was almost 8 1/2 minutes under Patrick Devine’s record of 1:59:22, also set in 1989, and last but certainly not least, his gun time of 2:42:44 tied Clive Davies 37 year old Marathon record. Brian’s as of yet unpublished net time for the distance (net times are allowed for Masters records) should give him the Marathon record outright.
To add to the significance of Brian’s achievement, just 7 days earlier in Syracuse he broke Tom McCormack’s 2014 M60 5 km record of 16:58 by running 16:38 on the same course.