Tim Gore, Tania Fischer win masters events at Ryun mile festival

Top women were Tania Fischer, Grace Padilla and Kirsten Leech.

Top women were Tania Fischer, Grace Padilla and Kirsten Leech. Jim Ryun was everywhere.

M65 legend Jim Ryun no longer races, but his presence in San Diego on Thursday night got hearts racing — including those of masters men and women who competed on a chilly night at Balboa Stadium at the Jim Ryun Festival of Miles. With Brad Barton a no-show (reportedly because he was prepping for a steeplechase), M45 Tim Gore became the favorite, and he won in 4:26.75. W45 Tania Fischer took the women’s race in 5:17.63. But all eyes were on 41-year-old Olympic bronze medalist Deena Kastor (in Athens marathon), who had announced she was shooting for Alisa Harvey’s W40 American mile record of 4:46.29. She was on pace for two laps, but fell short while running 30 seconds behind event winner Sarah (formerly Bowman) Brown in 4:33.42 (and well ahead of third-placer Bria Wetsch in 5:26.08). A surprise was seeing 55-year-old Olympian Mary Decker Slaney win a mile in 3:24.86 — while pumping an upright ElliptiGO bike. My story and video — and my wife’s photos — are on Times of San Diego. Check it out!

Top three at Ryun masters mile: Gore, John Gardiner and Jim Sorenson.

Top three men were Tim Gore, John Gardiner and Jim Sorenson.

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June 6, 2014

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  1. Brad Barton - June 6, 2014

    Congratulations Tim, John and Jim! Nicely done fellas! Sure would loved to have laced them up with you as per plan. Only a near perfect scenario for a 45-49 age-group Steeplechase world record attempt at the Music City Distance Carnival this weekend could change my plans. Actually, my famed Steeplechase coach, Chick Hislop, was pretty persuasive. He thinks I can get this done. There are several college kids who plan to run between 9:00 – 9:15 at the Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN) venue.
    Can’t wait to lace ’em up another time guys.

  2. Matt B. - June 8, 2014


    Am I reading that right? 9:06!

  3. Brad Barton - June 9, 2014

    Roger that Matt. What a thrill it was!

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