As I walked briskly through Rio last night, about midnight, trying to get to a secret cafe open till 12:30 AM, I ran into one of my writers, Jeff Benjammin. Neither Jeff nor I are known for the brevity of our conversations, but, as Jeff was rushing for the bus, and I dreamt of a kebab and heart of palm salad, we kept it quick. Jeff reminded me that half of the reprobates who inhabit the iconic walls of New England summer road racing would be in Woods Hole on Sunday, and it would be great to post the piece on the Mystery of the 2 mile steeplechase. I was, I must say, apprehensive. Anything that involves a story from Fred Doyle, Bill Squires has to be suspect. Then, I heard the name, Billy Threadgold, and my hair turned grey, I took a deep breath and inhaled from a large paper bag six times, clicking my heals together, and noting, "there is no place like home." Dear god, I have come onto an alternative universe.
But, I kept an open mind and have posted it.
Now I am curious, as I now know about the two mile steeplechase, I want to see if Tracy Sundlun does, indeed, have part of a World record for the Swedish Relay. Of that second WR, Olympian and former AR at 5000m, Duncan McDonald, once noted that watching Tracy Sundlin run a leg of the Swedish Relay was one of the most humorous experiences of his existence. The humor in the two mile steeplechase is the number of true characters who have come out of the woodwork to suggest that it did happen. We shall have to see now.
The person who provides the photographic proof, I will take snipe hunting.