Legends of the Run

2013.06.30 - Middletown, CT - Running legends Bill Rogers and Amby Burfoot (L-R) approach the finish line of the innaugural 4-mile run holding hands. Rogers and Amby finished with a time of 31:51 for an overall 103rd place. Rogers won the Boston and New York Marathon four times each between 1975 and 1980. Burfoot won the Boston Marathon in 1986. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.06.30 – Middletown, CT – Running legends Bill Rodgers and Amby Burfoot (L-R) approach the finish line of the innaugural 4-mile run holding hands. Rogers and Amby finished with a time of 31:51 for an overall 103rd place. Rogers won the Boston and New York Marathon four times each between 1975 and 1980. Burfoot won the Boston Marathon in 1986. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

In 1968 Amby Burfoot, became the first collegiate athlete to win the Boston Marathon.
Bill Rodgers, his Wesleyan teammate, went on to won the Boston and New York Marathon four times each between 1975 and 1980.
Sunday in Middletown the two raced together again with nearly 300 runners that included Olympian Donn Cabral and some of the state’s best running talent.
Burfoot called the event “a Woodstock for runners” and before passing out the winners’ medals observed, with a smile, “This is the first time I’ve lost in Middletown.”

The Courant story by Matt Conyers begins here.

2013.06.30 - Middletown, CT - Ron Boucher of Burlington, Vt, photographs running legend Bill Rogers in the final minute before the start of the Legends Run. This was the first year of the race that organizers hope to make an annual event. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.06.30 – Middletown, CT – Ron Boucher of Burlington, Vt, photographs running legend Bill Rodgers in the final minute before the start of the Legends Run. This was the first year of the race that organizers hope to make an annual event. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.06.30 – Middletown, CT – William Sanders (L) of Wethersfield shakes hands with Olympic runner Donn Cabral of Glastonbury before the start of the first Legends Run. Cabral won the 4-mile race in 19-minutes and 28-seconds, Sanders finished fourth overall with a time of 00:20:18. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.06.30 - Middletown, CT - Glastonbury Olympian Donn Cabral (blue tank) looks past Christopher Zablocki (red tank) to Everett Hackett (L) of West Hartford, CT, as William Sanders (dark glasses) eyes Cabral in the first hundred yards of the 4-mile Legends Run. Cabral won the race with a time of 19:28, Zablocki finished second with a time of 19:36, Hackett finished fifth with a time of 20:36, and Sanders finished fourth with a time of 00:20:18. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.06.30 – Middletown, CT – Glastonbury Olympian Donn Cabral (blue tank) looks past Christopher Zablocki (red tank) to Everett Hackett (L) of West Hartford, CT, as William Sanders (dark glasses) eyes Cabral in the first hundred yards of the 4-mile Legends Run. Cabral won the race with a time of 19:28, Zablocki finished second with a time of 19:36, Hackett finished fifth with a time of 20:36, and Sanders finished fourth with a time of 00:20:18. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.06.30 - Middletown, CT - Glastonbury Olympian Donn Cabral, who won the Legends Race with a time of 0:19:28, raises his arms in victory as he approaches the finish line. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.06.30 – Middletown, CT – Glastonbury Olympian Donn Cabral, who won the Legends Race with a time of 0:19:28, raises his arms in victory as he approaches the finish line. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.06.30 - Middletown, CT - Everett Hackett of West Hartford closes in on the finish line during his 00:20:36 time in the four-mile race. Hackett placed fifth overall. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.06.30 – Middletown, CT – Everett Hackett of West Hartford closes in on the finish line during his 00:20:36 time in the four-mile race. Hackett placed fifth overall. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.06.30 - Middletown, CT - Katie Matthews, of Rocky Hill, who won the women's division of Legends Race with a time of 00:22:02, raises her arms in victory as she crosses the finish line of the four-mile race. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.06.30 – Middletown, CT – Katie Matthews, of Rocky Hill, who won the women’s division of Legends Race with a time of 00:22:02, raises her arms in victory as she crosses the finish line of the four-mile race. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.06.30 - Middletown, CT - Katie Matthews, of Rocky Hill, who won the women's division of Legends Race with a time of 00:22:02, greets UConn runner Lauern Sara raises her arms in victory after she crosses the finish line of the four-mile race with a time of 00:22:14. Matthews finished 10th overall and Sara finished 11th overall. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.06.30 – Middletown, CT – Katie Matthews, of Rocky Hill, who won the women’s division of Legends Race with a time of 00:22:02, greets UConn runner Lauern Sara raises her arms in victory after she crosses the finish line of the four-mile race with a time of 00:22:14. Matthews finished 10th overall and Sara finished 11th overall. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.06.30 - Middletown, CT - Katie Edwards, who finished 16th overall and third in the female division, with a time of 00:23:49, rests under a tree after the 4-mile Legends Run. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.06.30 – Middletown, CT – Katie Edwards, who finished 16th overall and third in the female division, with a time of 00:23:49, rests under a tree after the 4-mile Legends Run. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.06.30 - Middletown, CT - Runners listen to Julia Chase-Brand, who broke the gender barrier to the Manchester Road Race in 1961, talks with runners after the first Legends Run today at Wesleyan University. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.06.30 – Middletown, CT – Runners listen to Julia Chase-Brand, who broke the gender barrier to the Manchester Road Race in 1961, talks with runners after the first Legends Run today at Wesleyan University. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.06.30 - Middletown, CT - Glastonbury Olympian Donn Cabral, who won the Legends Race with a time of 0:19:28, autographs a medal ribbon 9-year-old Margaux(cq) Selfor of Old Saybrook. Selfor ran the kid's division race and four of her family members including sister Bridgid (cq) (L-R) and Conor (cq) Selfer, ran the adult race. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.06.30 – Middletown, CT – Glastonbury Olympian Donn Cabral, who won the Legends Race with a time of 0:19:28, autographs a medal ribbon 9-year-old Margaux(cq) Selfor of Old Saybrook. Selfor ran the kid’s division race and four of her family members including sister Bridgid (cq) (L-R) and Conor (cq) Selfer, ran the adult race. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.06.30 - Middletown, CT - Legends Run staff Annie Bornhorst chases a loose balloon while taking down the finish line for the four-mile race. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.06.30 – Middletown, CT – Legends Run staff Annie Bornhorst chases a loose balloon while taking down the finish line for the four-mile race. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.06.30 - Middletown, CT - Spyros Barres, who finished first in the 50-54 year-old men's division and 12th overall in the first Legends Run, carries a poster of Hall of Fame runner and Connecticut resident John Kelley after the race. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.06.30 – Middletown, CT – Spyros Barres, who finished first in the 50-54 year-old men’s division and 12th overall in the first Legends Run, carries a poster of Hall of Fame runner and Connecticut resident John Kelley after the race. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.06.30 - Middletown, CT - Eric Goldman ties a fisnish-line balloon to the bike seat of his son, Cyrus Leservor-Goldman after the first 4-mile Legends Run held today in Middletown. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.06.30 – Middletown, CT – Eric Goldman ties a fisnish-line balloon to the bike seat of his son, Cyrus Leservor-Goldman after the first 4-mile Legends Run held today in Middletown. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

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