I remember when…

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, I was one of a very few people running in the metro Atlanta area.   There was an equal small number in other metro areas of the United
States.    Now, it seems that runners are as plentiful as squirrels.  We often drive long distances to run short distances.  American Frank Shorter winning the Oympic marathon in 1972 generally is credited with fueling the running boom in this country.    It was two years after the first Peachtree Road Race.   As the Peachtree has grown, it’s typical of other large races in the United
States, but perhaps of greater grass roots significance are the larger number of shorter races.   Almost any week in Georgia, you can choose from several 5Ks (3.1 miles).    I see no end in sight.   As more and more run for health so will they run-walk in races.  Now some people believe walkers should not particiate in races.    But as long as they start and finish, why not?


One Response to “I remember when…”

  1. Deanna Says:

    I have no problem with walkers in races as long as they understand the etiquette. There’s nothing worse that some walking dude with a stroller lining up at the front of the pack and all the runners having to weave around him.

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