DAZZLING DESI

Biggest props first.  Desi Davila turned in a performance (thrilling battle down Boylston for 2nd overall in 2:22:38) that should last the rest of our lifetimes and beyond.  Just wow, congratulations to her, Keith & Kevin, and the entire Hansons training group.

Sad note, Grete Waitz has died of cancer in Oslo.  She was the class act in women’s distance running during the mid-70s through mid-80s.  During that time she won the NYC Marathon an astounding 9 times, finished 2nd to Joan Benoit Samuelson in the 1984 Olympic Marathon, held the WR for 3000, and was one of  the finest ambassadors the sport has known.

Joanie ran 2:51:29 yesterday in Boston, she will be 54 later this year.

Geoffery Mutai ran 1:01:04 for the second half marathon at Boston, and a 28:22 final 10K for the world best 2:03:02.  4:42/mile, hard to fathom.

Phil Coppess ran 2:16:29 at the 1985 Lincoln Marathon for the fastest ever in Nebraska.  Karlene Erickson won Omaha in a jaw dropping 2:41:50 in 1981 for fastest by a woman.  On those hills, that is tough. 

Congratulations to Bea Sides for receiving the RRCA National Running Award for Outstanding Beginner Running  Program.  Well deserved!

                                                                     Grete Waitz and Joan Benoit Samuelson after the 1984 Olympic Marathon.   Photo credit: Getty Images