Grants Pass Runner Qualifies for Comrades Marathon

To get to a place he's never been, Bruce Stowell will have to go a distance he's never run.

Posted: Mar 22, 2019 2:43 PM
Updated: Mar 22, 2019 2:43 PM

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people celebrate big towell has never been to south africa. bruce says, "at 65 i'm not going to have too many years left when it's possible." he's also never run 54 miles. bruce says, "nothing close. the longest i've gone, i ran a 31-mile race last summer up at sun river." but both will change this june, as the grants pass-based runner has qualified to compete in his first comrades marathon... the oldest and biggest ultra marathon in the world. bruce says, "the boston marathon if you ever get the chance to go, the entire city comes out. in south africa, the entire country tunes in to comrades. the event is televised 12 hours live on national tv." this year's comrades marathon will be the 94th ever. 25 thousand runners from all over the world will start a course that spans 87 kilometers and gains seven thousand feet... only about ten thousand will finish in the 12-hour time limit. it's one of running's greatest spectacles... but bruce said his joy comes in the months before the race. bruce says, "frankly it's not about the event so much as the process, the training for it, the having something to aim for, the breaking it down to the component parts to get to where you want to be." he does the bulk of his training in the cathedral hills trail system. bruce says, "i've got 12 weeks to go and i'm just going to gradually increase the long run each week up to a maximum of probably about five hours." a training plan that will get him to a place he's never been ... and a distance he's never run. bruce says, "it adds daily spice to the running to have something big to aim for. and this is as big as i thought i could manage." [g7]aa bruce stowell comrades marathon-gpx here are some numbers
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