See Sports Illustrated article April 12, 1971. The Ineligible Married Man by William F. Reed.
I found this googling Dave Thoreson Decathlon. Don't know where it came from. I think our friend Phil Scott may have competed in one of these 30 minute Decathlons on a beach in California. Only he can tell the real story. Phil?
RECORDS FALL IN 30 MINUTE DECATHLON
Back in 1971 California school teacher Dave Thoreson got bored with his training routine. And so he invented a challenging and looney event for decathletes who don't like to wait for scheduled competition days .....The 30 minute decathlon. The rules are simple. All ten events must be contested in order. The athlete must begin the 1500 meter run within 30 minutes of the start of the 100 meters. In August of '71 Dave claimed the WR with 6233. It did not take the two day-event community long to catch on to Thoreson's idea and in 1974 Swede Inge Hermansson took Dave's record away. 30 minute action picked up this summer with Santa Barbara's John Warkentin giving it a crack in August at UCSB. He carme away with the WR 6747 points. John corresponds that "we had about 10 spectators, and after it was over, everyone agreed that it was one of the most exciting events they had witnesses. myself including." John's marks included: 11.2 632 1407 192 53.2 15.3 4602 396 5960 6:00.3. Six weeks later carme the newS that WUG champ Josep Zeilbauer took a crack at the 30 minute affair in Vienna as a special TV exhibition. His 6854 made Warkentin only the American record holder. Rooney Magnusson notes Sepp went to 2.00 hj after 1.90 and also thought he'd cleared 4.20 in the pole vault. It was remeasured at 4.17. His marks (10/3/77) 10.8 647 1489 190 57.2 15.8 4000 417 5762 5:48.0. We now await the first 7000 half-hour decathlon.
UCLA and Kansas will meet in annual dual meets in Los Angeles for the next three years. UCLA has plans to build a Tartan track with seating for 12,500......Speaking of new tracks, we have a couple odd ones for you. The Rose Bowl has a new Grasstex track which measures 386 yards, a concession to space limitations. The opposite is true at Boston College where a Tartan track of 476 yards has been installed. As the university went overboard on the length, perhaps economic considerations affected the width – only six lanes.
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