Sept. 15, 2021 — It is said that the definition of “fool” is someone who keeps making the same mistake. Well, I’m guilty as charged!! When my wife and I decided to move back to the US and live in Minneapolis in 1991, I wrote a letter to someone I…


Sept. 10, 2021 — Forty nine years ago today, September 10th, 1972, it was the last day of the 20th Olympiad in Munich. Many of the finals of Track & Field events were contested, including men’s 1,500m and 5,000m where Finland’s Pekka Vasala and Lasse Viren claimed the gold medals…


Peter Snell winning 800m (left) and Murray Halberg winning 5000m in an hour

Sept. 2, 2021 — It’s been a while; I guess it’s “post Olympics burn-out syndrome”??? I challenged myself to write “memorable” stories of 1964 Tokyo Olympics every day for 2 weeks before 2020 (+1) Tokyo Olympics started. I think I did a pretty good job and I would like to…


Arthur Lydiard: the leader of the pack

July 6th, 2021 — Ever since I got to know Arthur, I have tried to send him a card or call him on his birthday to wish him a very happy birthday. One time, he had turned 82 and, at that time, I was 41 so I told him that…


July 3, 2021 — This is the cover of famous “Red Booklet” (reproduction of this booklet can be seen HERE). I first met with Dr. Dick Brown at 1996 Atlanta Olympics. Dick Brown had 2 athletes on the 1996 USA team, Suzy Hamilton and Vicki Huber. He had coached many…


Dr. Joan Ullyot

June 25, 2021 — I was once again getting my “other” blog ready when yet another sad news came in— we have lost an icon; a true path-finder for women’s running. Dr. Joan Ullyot passed away last Friday (6/18/2021) at the age of 80. When I organized Arthur Lydiard’s 1999…


June 7, 2021 — Came across an interesting article. A lady by the name of “Kiyoko Ohi (formerly ‘Obata’)” participated 2020 (+1) Tokyo Olympics torch relay. My memory came back vividly. It was in the fall of 1979, the first ever IAAF (predecessor of World Athletics) recognized women’s only marathon…


May 30, 2021 — I never watched him race in live (including on TV). In fact, I didn’t even know who he was while he was alive and competing. First time I heard of him was in 1980 in a one-page article about “Steve Prefontine” in a special “sneaker” edition…


May 28, 2021 — It has been 3 years since I received a call from Roxanne, Dick Quax’s wife, at 6AM while I was jogging with my daughter in Japan, letting me know my high school hero and long-time friend, Dick Quax, had passed away. Rotorua’s established master runner and…


Ron Hill winning the 1970 Boston Marathon (photo by Jeff Johnson)

May 23, 2021 — Just I was getting ready to post my blog this morning, a sad “shocker” news came in via Facebook. England’s legendary runner, Ron Hill, had passed away at the young age of 82 (*Obituary in The Guardian HERE). Recently he was known as the man who…

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