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RE: So then, how did Bill Rodgers do this in 1979????
Yep, Rawson mentions the headwind more than once in the video. It wasn't 25 mph, but it was surely a headwind.

Rodgers had let Tom get away as he was running too fast in those conditions too early into the race, yet Rodgers was still on a great pace. Garry eventually caught him past 1/2 way.

At 17.5 miles, Bjorklund was a full minute behind Bill's record pace of 1975. Bill and Seko picked off Bjorklund at the base of the 2nd hill.

Bill broke away and flew down the hills making up time and ending up at 4:56 pace. Bill ran the last 2 miles in a reported 09:20 that day.

The conditions were not terrible, but they were far from ideal. Had they been better, Bill would have been ahead of Garry at 17.5, not behind.

Bill Rodgers indeed just went out a raced regardless of the conditions.

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