The 1977 New York City Marathon


The New York City Marathon Finish Line in Central Park

My First Marathon (Written in late October, 1977)

I’d almost given up on running my first marathon when I hadn’t heard from the New York Road Runners Club about my registration which I’ d sent August 1. A cold in the middle of September prevented me from running for two weeks. Then on Friday, September 30, after driving back to Montreal from a business trip to Toronto, my confirmation was waiting for me in the mail. I could run in the New York City Marathon on October 23, 1977.

I knew immediately that I had to go ahead and do it now, despite mild objections from my wife. My training picked up leading to my best week ever, October 16, 1977, 52 miles, and my best month ever, 191 miles.
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