Wednesday, October 31, 2007

How awesome is Rich Busa?

The Nashua Telegraph did a profile on 78-year-old Rich Busa, who is still running strong. He has completed 8 Vermont 100's, finishing the last one at age 72 in 2002. Rich tells a great story about running since 1953, including tidbits like "kids today think plastic has been around forever; if you wanted to run with a bottle (back then), it would be a glass bottle", his days as a minor league baseball player, and hallucinating that firewood is a pack of raccoons in the last miles of a 100.

You can read the full story here. Hope to meet you, Rich!

- SD


  1. Choice quote:

    “Most (road) marathons, they’re relatively flat,” Busa said. “It was like being on a treadmill and getting nowhere. All you could see was people ahead of you. It’s boring, too. When you’re in a road race, you’re looking around and everything. You do that in a trail race, you’re going to plant yourself… On a trail race, if there were naked broads on either side of the trail I’d never see them.”
    Great story and very impressive.

  2. It is definately inspiring to see ultrarunners at "the other end of the age spectrum." Rich is indeed awesome!


  3. Dusty -

    I enjoyed that quote too! Just didn't want to offend anyone by quoting "naked broads". My post on jog bras got me in enough trouble. ;-)


  4. Scott, great article. Thanks for pointing it out.

  5. Hi Scott,

    Love your blog. I'm going to be in the Santa Clara/Palo Alto area next week and I'm looking for a recommended trail to run. Any suggestions?


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