Sunday, June 11, 2017

V 7 N. 35 Mt. Holyoke Marathon 50 years ago today

Here's a piece by Ron Daws (w/o his permission to us) hot off Gary Corbitt's website commemorating the Mt. Holyoke Marathon run 50 years ago today in 92 degree heat.  Interestingly the forecast here in Ohio where I'm currently visiting is 92 degrees.

I will put the link below to the site, because there is a phone in conversation from some of the original participants that you can link to.

“Torture in the Holyoke Tropics” “The Mount Holyoke Massacre”
Ron Daws (1937 – 1992)
June 11, 1967

This was the 1967 National Marathon championship race with a 1p start time, 92 degree heat, and humidity in Holyoke, Massachusetts.  Only 38 finished under the 4 hour time limit.  There were 125 starters. It was a top notched field vying for two Pan American team spots.  The race was a reminder of the 1964 Yonkers Marathon under similar conditioning competing for an Olympic team spot.

Some of the top runners that dropped out included; Tom Laris, Lou Castagnola, John J. Kelley, Ralph Bushmann,  Mike Kimball, and Amby Burfoot.  Ron Daws won by running a smart race passing the half-way mark in 20th place.  He stayed away from the early fast pace that included a 25 minute opening downhill 5 miles.

Official Finishers
1.Ron
Daws
2:40:07
2.Jim
McDonagh
2:43:42
3.Ed
Winrow
2:47:40
4.Tom
Osler
2:49:40
5.Ray
Hall
2:51:30
6.Vince
Chiapetta
2:57:06
7.Phil
Weiser
2:58:35
8.Bill
Harvey
3:00:43
9.Jim
Colpitts
3:03:10
10.Larry
Berman
3:04:37
11.Dave
Linton
3:04:53
12.Bill
Gordon
3:07:16
13.Hal
Higdon
3:08:38
14.Ted
Corbitt
3:08:42
15.Graeme
Sutherland
3:08:54
16.Bill
Taylor
3:09:44
17.Ralph
Grant
3:10:52
18.Norm
Higgins
3:11:14
19.Stu
Adams
3:13:43
20.Larry
Langer
3:17:40
21.Donald
Brown
3:19:49
22.John
Garlepp
3:20:33
23.Don
Fay
3:23:39
24.John A
Kelley
3:25:15
25.Russell
Holt
3:29:15
26.Bill
Shanahan
3:30:23
27.Virgil
Yehnert
3:32:13
28.Bruce
LaBudde
3:32:52
29.Mike
Bigelow
3:33:49
30.Don
Lindaur
3:39:55
31.David
Whalen
3:43:31
32.John
Gray
3:45:29
33.Ron
Hughes
3:47:41
34.John
Mautner
3:48:20
35.Jim
Christianson
3:56:21
36.Len
Holmes
3:57:34
37.Alton
Chamberlin
3:59:31
38.Gary
Muhrcke
3:59:47


Ted Corbitt #133, Gary Muhrce #111,  Stu Adams, BAA and others

Audio Conversation about the race    Click on  this.


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