Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Looking back (yeah, Scott Graham was looking back!)

25 years ago today – 02/25/1990:  A day of huge historical significance.  Scott Graham beat me in a marathon!  The first (then called Lifetime) Baystate marathon was held in Lowell.  It was cold and a bit snowy, which may have been the reason it was moved to the fall (and was actually held twice in 1990).  I ran the race as a workout with my Greater Lowell Road runner teammates, Art Demers, Dave Camire, and Don Alvey.  I recall that Artie wanted to bail after the first loop even though we were going slower than we would on a “normal” GLRR long run.  We hit the half in 1:27:10 then started picking up the pace.  It was pretty funny for us as we caught people and they’d suddenly lose four places.  As the miles rolled by we moved steadily into the top 10.  With a couple of miles to go we could see Scotty in the distance and he was coming back to us.  With about a mile to go he looked back, saw us, and upped the pace.  Our group crossed the line in a four way tie for 4th place in 2:51:00.  Great fun!

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