It was over 30 years ago but wow what a race.
The event was the 1981 Runners World 5 miler in Los Altos CA.
A couple of the Redwood Empire’s best runners ever, ran amazing times but were no where near the lead as a “world” class field ran times rarely ever seen.
For the Redwood Empire current Sonoma Academy coach and former Petaluma HS & SRJC runner Danny Aldridge finished the 5 miler in 18th place in 23:11 which is a 4:38.2 mile pace. This race took place just 3 months before Danny broke the 4 minute mile.
The other local was former SRJC star Kevin Jones who finished in 36th at 23:54, a 4:46.8 mile pace.
The results below shows a who’s who of world class runners.
The winner was Alberto Salazar who in that same year set an apparent world record at the New York City Marathon of 2:08:13, however, the course was found on re-measurement to be about 148 meters short.
Currently Salazar coaches many elite runners including current women’s prodigy Mary Cain and has coached such names as Alan Webb, Mo Farah, Galen Rupp, Adam Goucher, and Dathan Ritzenhein.
Second in the race was David Moorcroft from England, who the following year broke the 5,000 meter record in 13:00.41.
The race had so many stars in it but a few included Steve Scott, Mark Nenow, Rod Dixon, Sydney Maree and Frank Shorter.
Anyway check it out below.