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RE: The Summer of Greatness is Here - Episode 1 Get Off Your Ass This Summer
I was fortunate enough to join the Santa Monica Atlhletic Association, the forerunner of the Santa Monica Track Club, the summer after my junior high school year. Ole Oleson, a year ahead, encouraged me to come out and run for Coach Mihaly Igloi. That was the summer of 1967.
Ole (USC) went on to win the 1969 NCAA two mile indoor and three mile outdoor, besting Frank Shorter (Yale) and Dick Beurkle (Villanova). I never had that kind of success. Coach Igloi's influence on American distance running is well known.
The decision to join the club had a prefound influence on my life. It was amazing that Coach Igloi would let a 4:50 miler even join the club. I even called him Coach Igloo that first day. He probably got a chuckle out of that. I believe the fee to join was $50.
Today some forty-nine years later, I continued my own quest at 6:00 am with a track workout that featured 5 x 600m at 2:39-2:30. Not outstanding but done before work. Perhaps just staying in the game constitutes a Summer of Greatness.
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