Ted Corbitt, "the father of American distance running," dies.
December 13, 2007 11:37 AM Subscribe
"In 1968, I received an invitation to the hundred-mile run at Walton-on-Thames, England, scheduled for October 1969.
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I pulled out all the stops for this one, running every marathon possible and enduring unheard-of training mileage when not racing. In July alone I ran a thousand miles
, two hundred short of my goal[...]My only goal was to break the existing American record of 16:07:43." (Which he did, finishing in 13:33; still the U.S. 45 to 49 100-mile record.) Ted Corbitt, Olympian, American Record holder at 100 miles, died yesterday. NYT obit.
From an interview in UltraRunning Magazine
UR: Were you working full-time when you were putting in high mileage?
TC: Yes, 40 hours a week. [Ted has been a physical therapist from 1948 to the present.] The only time I took off from work was to go to the Boston Marathon. Otherwise I just took my regular vacation time for trips and races. Some Boston Marathons were on Saturdays, which was not a day off in New York. So I would have to take the day off to run it.