M60 newbie targets American record for 5000 meters
Ron Wells of Alpine, California, retired from teaching in June and, according to Union-Tribune writer Don Norcross, “started a fanatical training program in August” that included pushing a wheelbarrow with sand up and down hills. That led to a third-place finish at the USATF club cross country nationals in San Francisco. Ron ran 10K in 38:36. Not bad for a 60-year-old. Don’s article further says: “His 2007 goals: win his age group at the Carlsbad 5000 (and) break the 60-64 national 5K record on the track (17:19, set in 1980).” The listed M60 world record, though, is out there: 16:12.57 by Holland’s Adriaan Heijdens in 1999. Still the 17:19 American record (by Clive Davies) isn’t chopped liver. Best of luck, Ron!