The Runners in Run Strong, Stay Hungry

Run Strong, Stay Hungry reveals the 9 keys to running strong and staying fast. Jonathan Beverly taps 51 lifetime runners—from America’s elite to consistent local competitors—to reveal the 9 keys to run strong and stay fast. Run Strong, Stay Hungry features priceless guidance from Bill Rodgers, Deena Kastor, Pete Magill, Joan Benoit Samuelson, Roger Robinson, Colleen De Reuck, Dave Dunham, Kathrine Switzer, and dozens more.

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Here is a selection of some of the the runners in the books, their lifetime running miles, and some of their proudest accomplishments.

Run Strong, Stay Hungry by Jonathan Beverly

Gary Allen

Age: 60, running since 1972

In his 45 years of running, Allen has finished 101 marathons, 68 of them in under 3 hours, with a 2:39 PR. He is one of 39 known runners to have completed a marathon faster than 3:00 in every decade from the 1970s to the 2010s. A race director and fund-raiser/social advocate through running, Allen is looking forward to continuing to compete in the 60+ age groups.

Joan Benoit Samuelson

Age: 60, running since 1972

At age 21, Benoit Samuelson won the 1979 Boston Marathon in a course record 2:35:15. She set the world record of 2:22:43 in 1983 and won the first women’s Olympic marathon in 1984. She qualified for seven Olympic Trials for marathon and is the only woman to appear on a list of those who have run a sub-3:00 marathon in five different decades. Her best, 2:21:21, was set in 1985, and she ran a 2:52:10 at the 2014 Boston Marathon, at age 56.

Amby Burfoot, Amby

Age: 71, running since 1962

Coached by 1957 Boston Marathon winner John J. Kelley, Burfoot won the Connecticut state 2 mile his senior year in high school and the 1968 Boston Marathon as a senior in college. His ran his marathon PR of 2:14:29 at Fukuoka later in 1968. He has run the Manchester Road Race for 55 consecutive years. At 60, Burfoot posted a 1:27:40 for the half-marathon, and at 70, he finished the 2017 Boston in 4:18, becoming the fifth known runner to have completed a marathon in each of seven decades of life.

Budd Coates

Age: 60, running since 1972

During his lifetime of running, Coates has qualified for four Olympic Trials for marathon. He set his marathon PR of 2:13:02 at the 1983 Boston, and he’s on the list of those who have run a sub-3:00 marathon in each of the past five decades, the latest a 2:47 run in 2011 at age 54. A coach and author, at age 56, he ran a 1:20:18 at the hilly Runner’s World Half Marathon in Pennsylvania.

Mark Cucuzzella

Age: 51, running since 1980

Cucuzzella began running as a preteen, covering 10 or more miles barefoot on New Jersey beaches. He had a successful high school and college career and, postcollegiately, ran a 1:08 half-marathon and 2:24 marathon. Injuries led to a major foot surgery at age 34, following which Cucuzzella relearned to run barefoot, reviving his competitive career. An advocate of natural running shoes and technique, Cucuzzella has now run over 100 marathons and ultras, and has finished a marathon in under 3 hours for 30 consecutive years, posting a 2:56 at the 2017 Boston Marathon.

Colleen De Reuck

Age: 53, running since 1980

De Reuck competed in four Olympic Games, from 1992 to 2004. She has set two world records—51:16 for 10 miles and 1:05:11 for 20K—placed second at the 2002 World Cross Country Championships, and won the 1996 Berlin Marathon with her PR of 2:26:35. As a master, she set 10 American records, including a 2:30:51 marathon at age 46. She won her age group at the Ironman World Championship in 2011, and in 2016, at age 52, she ran the iconic Comrades ultra in her native South Africa for the first time, placing seventh overall.

Scott Douglas

Age: 53, running since 1979

Douglas started in high school cross-country and quickly learned to love miles on the road. After moderate success in school, he put in solid training in his 20s and posted PRs of 30:48 for 10K, 51:01 for 10 miles, and a 1:08:40 half-marathon. As a writer and editor for running publications, he has run over 110,000 miles and continues to run doubles and do a variety of workouts, though he races sparingly.

Dave Dunham

Age: 53, running since 1978

Dunham has been a top competitor since high school and college, where he ran 4:10 for the mile and a 14:08 5K. He has a 2:19 marathon best and placed second at the World Mountain Running Championships in 1993. He’s run more than 135,000 lifetime miles, and while he mostly races trails and mountains, in his 40s he posted a 1:15 half-marathon and he’s run 1:19 for the distance in his 50s.

Benji Durden

Age: 66, running since 1964

Durden started running in junior high school track. In high school, he ran a mile in 4:36, then lowered that time to 4:15 in college with minimal training. It wasn’t until after college that he started training regularly and competing well, posting a 2:36 for his first marathon. He eventually ran a 2:09 marathon best and made the 1980 Olympic marathon team. Lately, Durden has been collecting marathons: He has completed a marathon in all 50 states plus DC, all in under 4 hours, and has run over 125 lifetime marathons.

Sonja Friend-Uhl

Age: 46, running since 1981

Friend-Uhl has been at the front of the pack at races from the mile to the marathon (2:49 PR) for three decades, from winning the 800 m and cross-country state titles in high school through setting the world record in the women’s masters indoor mile (4:44.81) and the American record in the outdoor 1500 m (4:16.99). A fitness professional, running coach, and mother of two daughters, Friend-Uhl now competes in masters cross, track, and on the road. In early 2017, she ran a 1:22 half-marathon and broke Benoit Samuelson’s indoor 3000 m American record, running 9:53.

Dan Grimes

Age: 58, running since 1972

Grimes started in junior high and ran through college at Humboldt State University. After graduation, he earned enough winnings from road races to run full time for a while. He qualified for three Olympic Trials and represented the United States in the marathon at the 1987 World Championships in Rome. His best times include 13:51 for the 5K and a 2:13:12 marathon. Today, he runs in the mountains and, although he seldom races, stays in enviable shape.

Steve Kartalia

Age: 51, running since 1979

A high school state champion in cross-country and the 2 mile, in college Kartalia ran a school record of 29:38 for the 10K at Wake Forest University. After struggling with injuries, he, along with his coach, Doug Renner, found a formula for steady progress post-collegiately, and Kartalia qualified for the 1992 Olympic Trials in the 10,000 m with a 28:32. In 1996, he qualified for the marathon trials, running a 2:18. As a master, he’s enjoyed competing on a cross-country team at USATF club nationals and continues to race on the roads, posting times as fast as a 1:16:23 half-marathon in September 2016, at age 51.

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Deena Kastor (Drossin)

Age: 44, running since 1984

After starting running at age 11, Kastor won three California state crosscountry titles in high school and was a four-time SEC champion at the University of Arkansas. She placed third in the 2004 Olympic marathon in Athens and holds six American road records, including the marathon mark of 2:19:36, set in London in 2006. She’s qualified for five consecutive Olympic Trials and made four Olympic teams. Since turning 40, Kastor has set numerous US and world masters marks, including the masters world half-marathon record of 1:09:36 and the American masters marathon record of 2:27:47. She’s also explored new challenges, such as competing in the Beat the Sun relay race around Mount Blanc in the French Alps.

Run Strong, Stay Hungry by Jonathan Beverly

Pete Magill

Age: 56, running since 1975

Magill had an on-again, off-again running career from high school through his late-30s, running strong enough to be a two-time California Junior College Cross-Country All-American and set a PR of 5:09 for 2K. In his 40s, he started to excel, setting times like 3:56.42 for the 1500 m at age 41, a 14:34 5K at 46, and the world’s best time at 5K for age 49 at 14:45. A coach and author of running books and articles, Magill is a five-time USA Masters Cross-Country Runner of the Year, the fastest American distance runner over age 50 in the 5K (15:02) and 10K (31:11), and holds multiple American and world age-group records.

Dan Grimes

Age: 58, running since 1972

Grimes started in junior high and ran through college at Humboldt State University. After graduation, he earned enough winnings from road races to run full time for a while. He qualified for three Olympic Trials and represented the United States in the marathon at the 1987 World Championships in Rome. His best times include 13:51 for the 5K and a 2:13:12 marathon. Today, he runs in the mountains and, although he seldom races, stays in enviable shape.

Roger Robinson

Age: 78, running since 1952

Robinson started running on a school cross-country club in his native England. By 1966, as a PhD student, Robinson qualified for the national team going to the World Cross Country Championships. After moving to New Zealand and excelling on the road and grass there, Robinson competed as part of his new country’s national cross-country team in 1977, at age 37. Robinson won the World Masters 10K Road Championships and the New York City Marathon masters title in 1980, and he set the masters records at the 1981 Vancouver Marathon (2:18:45), at age 41, and the 1984 Boston Marathon (2:20:15), at age 44. At 50, he won world cross-country and road titles and set the age-group record at New York (2:28:01) and in many road races. A knee injury took him out of racing in his 60s, but after a replacement surgery, Robinson again chased competitors and times in his mid-70s, with over-75 PRs such as 5K in 22:17, 10K in 47:30, and halfmarathon in 1:46:55. He is undefeated at over-75, including in several American road championships.

Bill Rodgers

Age: 69, running since 1963

After moderate success in high school and college, Rodgers fell away from the sport briefly, then came back with a vengeance. He famously won the 1975 Boston Marathon in an American record of 2:09:55 and went on to win both Boston and New York four times each. He was the bronze medalist at the 1975 World Cross Country Championships and set a 25K world record of 1:14:12 in 1979. Throughout his 40s, Rodgers set numerous masters records, including 29:48 for the 10K and a halfmarathon in 1:08:05 at age 45. Rodgers has continued to race up to the present, still competing and placing in his age group at distances up to the half-marathon.

Leonard Sperandeo

Age: 57, running since 1975

Sperandeo has been racing on the track since high school and returned to middle distance as a masters athlete. His bests include a 4:06 mile and a 14:23 5K. On the roads, he posted a 29:19 10K and ran 2:29 in the marathon at age 40. That year, he won the 2001 USATF Masters Championship mile with a 4:21.57. A longtime college and club coach, he has continued to compete over the years despite being hit by a car on a run and enduring a bout with cancer. He recently ran a 5K in 17:49.

Kathrine Switzer

Age: 70, running since 1959

Switzer started running in eighth grade to get in shape for field hockey. She continued through high school and college, with infrequent opportunities to compete, and famously ran the 1967 Boston Marathon as K. V. Switzer, the first woman to officially register for and complete the race. She won the 1974 New York City Marathon in 3:07:29 and posted her best time, 2:51:37, at Boston the next spring, the sixth-fastest women’s marathon in the world at the time. Switzer has been a highly visible spokesperson for women’s running as the creator and director of the Avon International Running Circuit, broadcaster, author, public speaker, and now board chair of the 261 Fearless women’s empowerment organization. In April 2017, she completed the Boston Marathon 50 years after her debut, running 4:44:31 in her 40th lifetime marathon.

Run Strong, Stay Hungry explores 9 ways any runner can enjoy a lifelong, healthy running career as well as boost enjoyment of running and improve race performance.

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