When the Olympic Trials Were Held in Newburyport

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Got a little something something for Throwback Thursday here, courtesy of John Gorman. On our way down to the Level Renner 10k on Sunday John was telling me about this results clipping featuring a field so stacked that it seemed made up. Can you imagine a local road race where the 10th place guy runs 23:41 for 8k…and only places 10th? What bizarro universe does this take place in? I think I remember that episode of Fringe.

Sorry for the click bait title, but I couldn’t resist. I guess the race offered money so the field was more stacked than a typical race even for that time but that’s still crazy deep. Winner Bruce Bickford would go on to be an Olympian and third place runner Greg Meyer was a previous winner of the Boston Marathon. Amazing.

In a Facebook comment, John jokingly said “The women’s results are today’s men’s!” In a lot of cases that is spot on. Without getting into all of the reasons why that might be, it’s definitely not uncommon to check out results for any local 8k and seeing the overall winner come through in 26:23. But that’s what women’s champ Darlene Beckford ran in Newburyport for the win.

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