RunBlogRun presents Socialing
The Distance with Larry Eder
Featuring Jeff Galloway
Jeff Galloway was a 1972 Olympian, at the 10,000m. He could have also made the marathon, team but he was pacing his training partner Jack Bacheler to make the team in the marathon.
Jeff Galloway began his love with running at the age of thirteen, and has not stopped running since.
Jeff had a career in the Navy, just as his father did. After 4 years at Wesleyan, with the likes of Bill Rodgers and Amby Burfoot, Jeff enlisted in the Navy, spent 3 years in Vietnam, on a Navy tanker, was shot at by a russian navy ship, but only wanted to get in a good run when he got shore leave.
In 1970-1972, Jeff trained with Jack Bacheler and Frank Shorter. At the time Galloway was 4 minutes behind standards in Marathon and 3 minutes behind in 10,000m. He made the 10,000m event in 1972 Olympic team and helped Jack Bacheler make the marathon team.
In later years, Jeff Galloway continued to develop as an athlete, but loved helping get people into the sport. He had demystiied running to the masses, and should be recognized as the person who began the third running movement. In the third running boom, more people, who believed that they could not run, participated as they took modest ways to move and build into running. Jeff Galloway gave many runners their starts by helping them look at running in achievable segments.
We thank Jeff Galloway, on his time with us in this interview and with all he has contributed to the sport.
We also thank Olivia Flores, with Jill Schmidt PR on getting this interview together. Special thanks to Mike Deering on managing these inteviews and the
Socialing the Distance program.