Hello folks (including Ray the K :)!
I am writing ALL THIS up for "Marathon & Beyond," so...
...if ya want more (like, as someone just asked, how the hell does one TRAIN
for something like this?) you're just gonna have to subscribe. <wink, but
actually, I'm being very very serious!>
Here. I can, however, share a few hyperlinks with allah y'all, so as to
help either fuel the debate or resolve the issues.
Andy Milroy's [taken as gospel FACT] data concerning ultra world records,
kept by the AUA:
Some kinda "distance" and/or "endurance" records recordkeeping website
(here's where I first researched Bruce's still-standing record):
And here's your generally basic American ultra records recordkeeping place
(again the AUA):
Lastly [thanks, Ray, dammit; you stole my thunder!!!!! ;-] here's a little
"something" about our very own Ray the K...
I have in my possession THE souvenir booklet from the "6th Annual AMJA
Ultramarathon Seminar and Footraces of 50 Miles & 100 Kilometers, October
13-14, 1984, Chicago, Illinois" which shows, on page 26, the following:
"COURSE RECORDS AT THE AMJA ULTRAMARATHONS
Open 6:38:20* Bernd Heinrich, 41, VT 4 Oct 81
29 & under 7:11:56 Ray Krolewicz, 27, SC 3 Oct 82"
"100 MILE ELITE MEN'S RUN (1982 only)
13:40:27 Kevin Eagleton, 31, MO
14:14:14 Ray Krolewicz, 27, SC"
(only one more runner listed after Ray = some cat named Park Barner, 38, PA)
# 1) our Ray knows something whereof he speaks! (and speaks, and speaks,
and speaks... :-)
# 2) "always the bridesmaid, never the bride," Ray? (in terms of setting
World, American, and/or Course Records maybe)
Ray the K has actually compiled more ultramarathon outright WINS than
anybody else in history, or in America, whichever comes first. Fess up,
Ray? How many wins exactly now????
[Ray thinks I'm kidding, until my next email is off-list to HIM
From: On Behalf Of rayk33@...
Sent: Wednesday, October 14, 2009 9:00 AM
Subject: 50 Miles (i.e., World Record)
--------- Original Message ----------
From: "The Troubadour" <TheTroubadour@...
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.
Matteson, Illinois USA
A quick followup to this post. TODAY is the day. Yep, 25 years ago today on
the shores of Lake Michigan Bruce Fordyce set the still standing WR for 50
Ray K (impressed then, still impressed)