Monday, February 12, 2007

Most Influential People & Events - #4 of 7

Back In November '06, Runner's World had an article on the forty most influential people and moments in running over the past forty years. Over the next few posts you'll learn which seven people/moments that made the list are directly connected to the Boston Marathon. Here's #4...

Alberto Salazar

Now I know many of you would say Alberto is Mr. NYC Marathon. And he is. And that's one of the many reasons why Runner's World put him on their list. But I'm including him here for being part of the famous "Duel in the Sun" Boston Marathon in April 1982 when he and Dick Beardsley ran neck and neck for 26 miles before Alberto pulled ahead at the finish to win by a mere two seconds. And one more thing: he grew up in Wayland, MA!