That Was Then
Great race finishes make timeless memories, but they’re not just spontaneous moments. They’re forged through hard work, smart training and months and months of dedication.
To prepare for the 1984 U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon, Pete Pfitzinger adopted a pure and simple runner’s lifestyle as he averaged 143 miles a week while living remotely in Auckland, New Zealand, and following the ages-old training philosophies of legendary coach Arthur Lydiard. Although not one of the favorites to make the U.S. Olympic team, Pfitzinger boldy took a big lead midway through the race, only to lose it to Alberto Salazar in the last mile of the race. But his determination and relentless dedication to training paid off in the end, as he stormed past Salazar over the final 50 yards to win the race and secure an Olympic team berth.
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