Archive for March, 2016

Cynthia Rosedale dies at 64; key force at Pasadena Senior Games

For the past dozen years — since turning 50 — I’ve been a regular at the Pasadena Senior Games — aka the California Senior Games. An eternal presence was Cynthia Rosedale, who has helped her friend Christel Donley put on a first-class track meet at Caltech. Thursday I learned that Cynthia had died of cancer. […]

March 31, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  7 Comments

Heartwarming comeback for M60 cardiac victim Dave Ortman

My Seattle friend Dave Ortman turned 63 this week, and he’s celebrating by telling a dramatic story about heart failure and comeback success. Dave begins: “In July 2013, I won the National Senior Games (Cleveland/Berea) 400m in the M60 world leading time of 56.78. Nineteen months later, on February 3, 2015 (and 10 days before […]

March 30, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  12 Comments

Wayne Bennett runs Texas wind-aided ‘200’ in 20.91 at age 79

Wayne Bennett of Texas turns 80 in October, but he won a wind-aided “200 Meter Masters” race Saturday in 20.91 seconds. Yes, he did. But meet results left out a word: handicap. (His race distance was about 129 meters.) Wayne reports: “At the University of Texas Arlington Bobby Lane Relays last Saturday, we ran an […]

March 28, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  19 Comments

Gary Patton pips M70 indoor mile AR by 20 seconds at Armory

The 17th annual Front Runners New York Indoor Track Meet at the Armory track in New York had a lot of masters, including sprinters and middle-distance runners. One 4×200 relay team called itself Three Geezers and a Baby. But buried in the results was a 1500 in 5:07.11. Nice run for a 70-year-old. Results show […]

March 27, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  6 Comments

Canadian study shows how 80-plus elite masters are motoring

Geoff Power, our aptly named Canadian scientist friend, shared his team’s latest research on the oldest masters tracksters. Geoff writes: “Participants consisted of 29 elderly males and females with no known neurological, musculoskeletal, metabolic or cardiovascular health conditions. The Masters Athletes consisted of track and field athletes ranked in the top 4 of their respective […]

March 26, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

Sean Wade claims M50 world record in 5K, goes way under 15

Sean Wade ran a 5000 Friday at Rice University in Houston and found himself “a little shocked” by his time, he says. No wonder. At age 50, he lowered the world age-group record to 14:52.92, just nipping the listed WR of 14:53.2 by Britain’s David Martin Rees in 2003. The listed American record is 15:41.67 […]

March 25, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  2 Comments

IAAF shares official video of Portland women’s 800 masters race

On March 20, the British Masters Athletics Federation posted the official IAAF video of the men’s masters 800 at Portland. (See it here.) On Thursday, I was sent the official women’s 800 race video. So I uploaded the 700-meg file to YouTube. Even though (as Tom Phillips says) IAAF and WMA did a poor job […]

March 24, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  6 Comments

IAAF bounces Cesar Moreno Bravo as head of Masters Commission

IAAF President Seb Coe is moving to clean up the world governing body in the wake of the Russian doping scandal and bribery cases. But I didn’t expect the vacuuming to include masters track. But here we go. Longtime IAAF Masters honcho Cesar Moreno Bravo of Mexico (who handed out awards at IAAF Portland and […]

March 23, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  No Comments

Ed Whitlock targeting M85 track records in the 1500 and ‘up’

Masters marathoners just wanna have fun — even at age 85. I contacted Ed Whitlock after his amazing double WR at Canadian masters nationals, and he graciously explained about that 4×400 relay. But he couldn’t tell me what his split was. “Don’t know,” Ed said. “I’m not aware anyone took it. I am sure it […]

March 22, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  9 Comments

Ed Whitlock is Beamonesque at Canada masters nationals: 2 WRs

Redefining our notions of running limits, M85 Ed Whitlock has crashed more barriers. Over the weekend, Ed added two world indoor records to his quiver — in the 1500 and 3000. Competing at Canadian masters nationals at the Toronto Track & Field Centre, Ed, who turned 85 a few weeks ago, shattered the 15 WR […]

March 21, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  4 Comments