ON HIS WAY TO THE 2016 PHILADELPHIA
CLAY SHAW PHOTO
Records Break at Philly Marathon
BY DAVID BLOCK
PHILADELPHIA, PA--Before Bill Rodgers left his mark at the
1975 Boston Marathon where he clocked 2:09:55, he was establishing
his running career in other cities such as Philadelphia. In 1974,
he won the Philadelphia Marathon, 2:21:47.
In 2016, Rodgers returned to Philadelphia not to compete,
but for today's runners to meet him at the marathon expo.
"The sport of running has changed so much," said
Rodgers to this Runner's Gazette writer. "It's now global.
The cities are more welcoming."
Rodgers observed that women helped make running a family sport.
"They'd bring their kids and then they'd start running,
too," said Rodgers. "It's great how this sport is always
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney kicked off marathon weekend
by welcoming the runners and volunteers.
He then told this Runner's Gazette writer:
"I'm glad to now be part of it. I've been following the
Philadelphia Marathon for years. It's a great race."
No doubt, the Philadelphia Marathon and the city of Brotherly
Love have a rich history.
History was made at the 2016 Philadelphia Marathon (November