[And this is going out to more folks than just members of the referenced
listservs, as I'm trying to be as extensive and inclusive as possible.]
Yes, yours truly can be serious sometimes. I appeal to your innate
curiosity about the sport of ultrarunning, as well as your (presumed)
pleasure to be derived from possibly seeing your name in print.
I am currently writing an article for "Marathon & Beyond" magazine [I have
one in the current issue as well, so you can check out my legitimacy] to
commemorate next month's 25th Anniversary of the Still-Standing World Record
for Running the 50-Mile Distance (4:50:51). That record was set on Sunday,
October 14, 1984, right here (where I approximately live) along Chicago's
Lakefront during the former AMJA Ultramarathons, and the gentleman holding
that record is Bruce Fordyce, of South Africa.
What *this* is, then, is a survey. You are invited to respond even if you
know nothing of this historic event at all. Or, if you have no interest,
please simply delete this message. Fair enough?
If you do respond, PLEASE do that privately, e-mailed only to me at my
e-address shown below---and NOT cc'd to the entire listserv. In other
words, please DON'T click "Reply to All." I would also ask you, please, to
give your full name and geographical location. Thanks!
This is short. I'm looking for opinions (yours); the specific facts and
historical accuracy are my responsibility. You could also be contacted
again (by me) if I need clarification, etc., of whatever you write. Thanks
QUESTION #1. Were you in attendance at that AMJA event on the day Bruce
Fordyce set this World Record? And if you were there, were you a runner or
QUESTION #2. If you were there, what do you remember about what transpired
QUESTION #3. Were you aware that a new WR was being set? And/or that the
old one was being broken?
[Note: the previous 50M WR was held by Minnesota's own Barney
QUESTION #4. Why do you think Bruce Fordyce's WR has remained unbroken for
all this time (a full quarter century)?
QUESTION #5. What are your predictions for the future; that is, how long do
you think Bruce's WR will stand, and also who do you think has the best
chances for breaking it?
That's all there is to it!
Many thanks in advance for your time and responses, should you care to write
Matteson, Illinois USA