St. Louis Marathon Report – October 21, 2001
I arrived in St. Louis on Saturday 10/20 about noon. Stopped by the expo to get my race packet and to hear the speakers. Dave McGilvray, Boston Race Director, spoke first. Interesting information about his ups and downs managing such a huge and prestigious race. The second speaker was Joe Henderson, noted running author and columnist for Runner’s World. Joe sat down and chatted with me for a few minutes before his talk. He is a very gracious man. Joe allowed me pick his brain about the glory years in Eugene back in the 70s (Prefontaine, Kardong, Shorter, Bowermann, etc.) when he reported for Track & Field News and later for Runner’s World. He gave a great talk about running further and faster. Unfortunately, I had to leave his talk a little early due to a prior commitment to meet a couple of runners from the forum to drive the course. After the drive, we commented that the rolling hills throughout the course would be challenging.
Joe Henderson and me
It was a beautiful morning on Sunday 10/21 in St. Louis. Sixty degrees was a little warm, but nonetheless, it was a beautiful morning. 1300+ marathon runners lined up at 7 am.
We took off south for about 3 miles and headed directly through Anheuser-Busch brewery. Laid out in Victorian architecture with immaculate groundskeeping, the brewery campus was a nice change of scenery. Heading back toward downtown, I noticed Joe Henderson at mile 6 cheering us on as we went by. Heading west, we hit a series of hills. These were the 1/2 to 3/4 mile variety that were a steady incline -- the kind that make your quads scream after a while. Anyway, we ran through Forest Park, and to Washington University we continued. At Wash U, we hit 13.1. I was at a 1:36, a little fast for a negative split (for me) but I felt pretty good.
To make a long story short, the hills wore me down heading back toward downtown on the second half. I had a chance to break my PR of 3:15:59 at about mile 18, but then I started to run out of gas.
Bottom line, I finished in 3:20:16.
Goals for this marathon:
I achieved 5 out of 6:
I did not PR
Awards in age categories were given 10 deep. I placed 6th in the 45-49 year olds.
It was a great marathon that was well attended and supported. The people of St. Louis should be proud of their marathon weekend. It was a huge success.