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Steve Bratt

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 My Running History1972 to Present (but mainly the old days)

    See also:  Recent, running-related blog posts
  
   One problem with the Web is that the history it captures grows more incomplete for times before the Web was first adopted (1990+) and for times before the creation of any particular Website on a particular subject.  CoolRunning.com, a key racing calendar and results site, goes back to 1997.   I've been very hopeful that the Boston Athletic Association would input their Boston Marathon results going back to the start in 1897.  Alas, the BAA's complete results go back to 2001, with only summaries available for the other 100+ years. (the complete results would provide an invaluable dataset for comparing results from year to year, correlating with weather, the economy, world events, etc.).  A rare gem, the Mt. Washington Road Race Website has results going back to 1936.

   I'll try to use this page to build a record of high/low-lights of my more ancient running history ... before I forget.  Most of the more recent race results can be found on CoolRunning, Athlinks, my blog posts since early 2012, and individual race sites.

   I've been running regularly since the summer of 1972 (amazingly, 40+ years), and have in my basement paper records logging my running from about 1980.  Though I am a geek, I continue to log my daily miles, workout descriptions and locations, weather, races, and the rare social events in paper logbooks.  Not really sure why this is, but it likely a combination of continuity, ease and a desire to keep that part of my life as uncomplicated and non-technical as possible.

Personal OKs (POs) by Era

   Most of my fair racing times came between 1980 and 1983, when I was 23 to 26 years old.  Here are some scans of pages from my logs from that era:
- Races from April 1980 to October 1981 (29 races)
- Races from November 1981 to September 1983 (36 races)
- Log from week with most miles logged ever (123 miles)

Era
10 K
10 Mile
Half Marathon
Marathon
Other
High School and
Undergraduate
1972 - 1979
34+?
56+?
?
2:52:43
State College PA 1978


(1st marathon:
Harrisburg Nat'l 1975 3:00:02 )
Westhill High (lost 30 lbs before 1st XC season. 1st running shoe: Adidas SL'72.  XC/track Capt 1974-75) (Syracuse, NY)
Penn State (freshman year on XC Team (pic))
Grad School
1980 - 1984
31:43
Northport NY 1983
52:17
Williamstown MA 1983
1:10:00
San Diego1981
2:27:28
Newport RI 1981
MIT, Cambridge Sport Union (MA)
Early Working/Family Guy
1985 - 1996
32:20
Reston VA 1989
56:25
DC 1989
1:18:05
LaJolla 1986
2:41:50
San Diego 1986
SAIC, San Diego TC (CA)
SAIC/DARPA, DC Road Runners (VA)

Masters/Family Guy
1997 - 2006
38:18
Vienna 1998
1:04:14
Newburyport MA 2004
1:25:06
Boston 2006
3:14:27
Boston 2006
CTBTO, VIC Running Club (Vienna, Austria)
W3C, Winchester Highlanders, Cambridge Sports Union (MA)
Seniors
2007 - 2016
37:17
Groton MA 2007

1:23:10
New Bedford MA 2007
3:09:07
Boston 2007
W3C, Web Foundation, Winchester Highlanders (MA)
GS1 (Princeton, NJ)
Veterans
2017 - 2027


















Memorable Races from the Early 1980s

Date
Race
Distance
(miles)
Time
Location
Place
Age Group
Notes








1980 Apr 21
Boston Marathon
26.2
2:40:40
Hopkinton - Boston
395/5500

1st Boston
1980 Jun 15
Mt. Washington Road Race
8
1:11:10
NH
14/550

Only 1 hill. Results.
1980 Sep 1
Cape Ann / New England Championships
15.5
1:26:41
Gloucester, MA
4/560

Hot
1980 Nov 2
Ocean State Marathon
26.2
2:27:33
Newport, RI
5/2500

Pic. Past winners.
1981 Apr 20
Boston Marathon
26.2
2:28:04
Hopkinton - Boston 229/6845

Slowed last 8 mi.
1981 Jul 4
Coronado Half Marathon
13.1
1:10:10
San Diego, CA
20/4500

Very hot. Even pace.
1981 Nov 2
Ocean State Marathon 26.2
2:27:28
Newport, RI
12/2700

Slowed last 4 mi.
Past winners.
1982 May 16
Mt. Equinox Hill Climb
5.2
46:47
S. VT
7/120


1982 Jul 25
Escarpment Trail Run
20
3:09:17
Catskills, NY
4/140

Toughest course. Results.
1983 Apr 10
Purple Valley Classic
10
52:17
Williamstown, MA
1/160

Smartest, tactical race
1983 Apr 18
Boston Marathon
26.2
2:28:55
Hopkinton - Boston
276/6664

Started back. 13:50 1st 2 mi.
1983 Jun 19
Mt. Washington Road Race 8
1:08:42
NH
5/800

One of best races. Results.
1983 Sep 10
Cow Harbor
6.2
31:43
Northport, NY
47/3000

PR on hilly course