This remarkable film clip shows Bill Rodger’s 1979 Boston Marathon win
What I find truly remarkable about this is that in 1979 course support was sporadic, Gatorade was probably the only ‘sports drink’ in town, running shoes were way less high tech (Nike had just invented the ‘air Nike’), we knew a lot less about nutrition and training and yet he he finished this race in a time that would make an athlete proud today. The all time record is not far off Rodger’s 1979 finishing time. It sort of validates the notion that if you’ve got what it takes it really isn’t about the shoes or the heart rate training or the carbo loading and coaching – it’s about the talent and the drive.
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