40 years ago today Mark Covert began an improbable journey that would lead him on a number of 'adventures'
First, he achieved the following:
1968: California Community College Cross Country Champion
1969: Member, national record breaking Jr. College 4 x 1 mile relay team
1970: NCAA Div II cross country champion
1970: NCAA Div I cross country All-America
1971: NCAA Div II three and six mile All-America
1971: NCAA Div II cross country All-America...
1971: Member NCAA Div Championship team
1972: US Olympic Marathon Trials, seventh while being the first person to wear Nike Moon shoes “Waffles”...
1972: National AAU 25K champion
1974: National AAU 30 K, second
1975: National AAU 15K, fifth
1992: Inducted into Nike’s Hall of Fame in the “Pioneer” branch as not only one of the company’s first employees, but also the first to wear their Moon shoes (“waffles”).
1994: Inducted into Mt. San Antonio College’s Cross Country Hall of Fame...only person to be inducted as both an athlete and coach...
2000: Inducted into the NCAA Cross Country Hall of Fame.
And today marks ... 40 years of running without missing a day ... running at least 3 miles. Most days were much longer. 10 year span of averaging 15 miles a day ... thru all tapers and race days.
13 years straight in which he ran over 4000 per year
9 years straight of over 5000 per year
3 years over 6000 per year
Lifetime miles = 149,876
Miles during the 60’s = 7,742 70’s = 55,202 80’s = 34,152 90’s = 24,361 00’s 18,589
Miles were not ‘jogging’ or ‘easy’, until later in old age. One need only know that he was trained by Lazlo Tabori for several years and integrated parts of that philosophy in his own training style. It was not unusual for workouts on the track to last 3 or 4 hours.
So, long may you run, Mark. What a guy. Never do things half way.
Yep this is me being both amazed and proud of a fellow old guy.