Pat Petersen, Top American Marathoner, RIP, by Jeff Benjamin

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Pat Peterson running 30:15, photo courtesy @TCSNYCMarathon


There was a time, in the late 1980s and 1990s when American distance runners who understood that one had to work hard, train hard and race hard were few and far between. In the lonely era, when 13:45 was a winning time at US Championships for a 5000m, Pat Peterson, like Buddy Edelen decades before, was truly a lone pair of feet, running the streets of New York, as an American marathoner who got it. 

Taken too early from his family and friend, Pat Petersen succumbed to pancreatic cancer over the weekend. His wake is Wednesday night, June 3 and funeral is Thursday, June 4. Please read the note at the bottom of Jeff Benjamin’s fine obit from Mike Polansky. 

The Petersen family is having a terrible financial strain besides the horrible loss of their husband, father, and friend. Please help if you can. 

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  • Larry Eder has had a 50-year involvement in the sport of athletics. Larry has experienced the sport as an athlete, coach, magazine publisher, and now, journalist and blogger. His first article, on Don Bowden, America's first sub-4 minute miler, was published in RW in 1983. Larry has published several magazines on athletics, from American Athletics to the U.S. version of Spikes magazine. He currently manages the content and marketing development of the RunningNetwork, The Shoe Addicts, and RunBlogRun. Of RunBlogRun, his daily pilgrimage with the sport, Larry says: "I have to admit, I love traveling to far away meets, writing about the sport I love, and the athletes I respect, for my readers at runblogrun.com, the most of anything I have ever done, except, maybe running itself."

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