|Uncle Tom on Easter, 1966|
I was at my parents' house tonight, and talked to my mom about my upcoming races and she mentioned my uncle (her brother) and his running. I asked her where all of his race bibs and stuff ended up ... turns out it was in a box in the family room.
So we went through it.
Not only was he a runner, but for a few years he was on the Illinois National Guard Marathon team in the 1980s. For a period of time, his "orders" from the National Guard were to run. Full-time.
Also, I learned:
- He ran the Chicago Distance Classic many times ... well that race has been taken over by the Rock 'n Roll Marathon series, and I am running the Rock 'n Roll Chicago Half Marathon next month! Which is basically the race he used to run!
- He ran in many Chicago Marathons, including the first two of this go-round (1977 and 1978).
- He did run at least one sub-four-hour marathon. I think that was the only race photo he ever purchased - him finishing under the clock at 3:59 (forgot the exact seconds). Most of his marathon race times were around 4:20ish and up.
- The Chicago Marathon has had many different routes. And names.
- He also ran the Lincoln (Nebraska) Marathon many times (I think with the National Guard team) and the Grandma's Marathon, and an annual 10K in Oak Park (don't remember the name) many times.
He also wrote his even-mile clock times on some of his bibs. While running.
|Yup, I am totally related to this man.|