Back in the olden days, each year we would take our team, Runners Forum Racing Team, to the Louisville Marathon.
I became good friends of the Race Director, Gil Clark and would always let him know where we were staying in Louisville in case he had some time and wanted to visit.
We had a master team member who loved the night life and would travel in his old RV.
If he stayed out late, he would park his RV at the finish line so when they came to set up the finish area, they would have to wake him to move the RV.
This one year, either ’79 or ’80, I received a call from Gil at 4:30 in the morning to tell me they could not wake him to move the RV. I went to the finish line and I couldn’t get him to wake up either, so I called a wrecker and had the RV moved (yes, I paid for the wrecker!)
About 45 minutes before the start of the marathon, out came our team member, plus two very hung-over women who had no idea what was going on. I called a taxi for them and yes, I paid for the taxi fare! The only comment to me from the team member was, “Ken, just settle down, it’s not a big deal, I’ll run great!”
He ultimately won the 40-49 age division, I can’t remember the exact time but it was between 2:45 to 2:48.
Needless to say, in subsequent events Gil did not allow any parking in the city park where the finish line was located.
Old timers: can you name this team member? We will disclose his name on April 15th.
- Ken Long