In his youth, Gary often witnessed his father competing in races and grew to have an intimate knowledge of the sport and the runners as few have had. In the past year Gary has organized several conference calls between some of those folks who ran the big races in the 1950s and 60s and a conference call between some of the early female competitors in the sport. He now has those calls available to listen to on his website. If you are a real student of the history of running in mid 20th century America, it will be worth your effort to visit his site, pull up a comfortable chair, a warm drink or a cold beer and listen to some of these conversations. They are listed by subject The Yonkers Marathon 1964 and Mt. Holyoke 1967 are the two races discussed by the men, and the women discuss their struggles to gain a place on the distance running stage. He also has an index to show who is talking in each time period of the recording so that you can advance to a particular speaker if you so choose.
Here is Gary's brief description of the site and the link to listen to those calls.
*1964 Yonkers Marathon