Barefoot Rick's Olathe Marathon Report - March 29, 2008

Barefoot Rick's Soles For Souls Free Wheelchair Mission Interview - 3/25/08
- Olathe Marathon -

(Left) - Byron Rieper and Rick (with socks!) trying to stay warm before the start
(Right) Sitting down and ditching the clothes moments before the start

Cold and breezy. That would be a good description of the 2008 Olathe Marathon. We fought the ESE 20-25 mph wind for probably 18 miles of the 26.2 mile course. While temps were in the mid-30s at start time, windchills were 10 to 12 degrees colder with "feel-like" temperatures around 23 degrees F. Regardless of the weather, I was in good form and got into my running groove of a 8:36 minute pace for the first 13 miles, and then ended up finishing with an overall 8:33 minute pace. Even though the wind was pounding us back, I still managed to pick up the speed in the second half.

I had the chance to talk to a few people along the way about the Free Wheelchair Mission and my quest to raise $10,000 in 2008 for the outreach. (Several folks have given in the past few days to provide mobility to the crippled throughout the world: Thank you!) While I enjoy running marathons, it so much more fulfilling for me to know that others are being helped through my running.

A few folks from the Runner's World Masters Online Forum were on hand after the race. A group of them had driven out from Boulder CO. Among them was Benji Durden, world-class marathoner. It was nice chatting with him about some of the powerhouse runners that he competed against back in the 70s and 80s. 

(Right) Steve (aka Racetraining from the Runner's World Forums) and Amie


Barefoot Rick's Soles For Souls Free Wheelchair Mission Interview - 3/25/08
- Olathe Marathon -


Finish Time - 3:43:42
14th Place (Age Group 50-54 Males)

54th Marathon (26.2 Miles or Ultra Distance)
36th Consecutive Barefoot Marathon Since April 2004

*I am a marathon runner and do not prescribe to a run/walk method for MY marathons. Likewise, I do not judge anyone else for "finishing" a marathon in whatever way they can propel themselves across the finish line, whether it be walking, crawling, etc. All marathon finishes are notable in their own regard.


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