Sunday, August 21, 2005

Someone I think about when I run

My dad has been going through boxes of old family photos and scanning them; here's one I particularly like:

That's my grandfather, Russell F. Wharton, third from the left, running for the University of Illinois against Wisconsin in 1921.

He was a very good miler for his day, and he ran on a 4-mile relay team in the Drake Relays that set a world record in the early 20's. In 1921 he was a Big 10 2-mile champion with a time of 9:43.2.

Though I'm strictly a middle-of-the-pack, middle aged jogger, I sometimes think about him in his prime when I'm running, and he makes me run a little faster.

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