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World Record – 965 Marathon Finishes by Norm Frank

Norm Frank at the Walt Disney World Marathon

INDIANAPOLIS – Norm Frank, who has completed more marathons than any American in history, was presented with a Special Recognition Award by USA Track & Field’s Masters Long Distance Running Committee on April 19, 2010.

    The award was presented in recognition of Frank’s unique contributions to the sport of Masters Long Distance Running. The presentation was held at 10 a.m., at an informal brunch at the Clover Blossom Legacy Retirement Community, 100 McAuley Dr., in Rochester, N.Y. The date and time of the presentation were chosen to coincide with the start time of the 114th running of the Boston Marathon, a race that Frank has competed in 30 times.

    Frank ran his first marathon at the 1967 Boston Marathon when he was 35-years old. Since then he has completed an incredible 965 marathons. For three years, 1994-1997, Frank held the World Record for most marathons completed according to the Guinness Book of Records.

    A resident of Rochester, N.Y., the 78-year old Frank has run, trotted and walked in marathons in every state in the Union and many nations abroad. His total of 965 Marathons completed equates to an average of over 20 marathons a year since his first in 1967. All totaled he’s logged some 25,000 miles in his marathon races alone, and estimates place his total number of miles run at 86,000.

    His first marathon was the venerable race in Boston, where he would answer the starter’s gun 29 more times in that city alone. He also ran marathons in Ottawa, Athens, and several European nations.

    Meanwhile, all this was done while managing his own landscaping business (Marathon Lawn Service) and raising two children, now grown. His personal best of 3 hours 22 minutes set at the 1976 Rochester Marathon will not challenge any records, but his longevity and enthusiasm for running is legend.

    Frank is currently battling back from three strokes and a bacterial infection around his heart.  He is making progress and is already back on a treadmill. His goal is to complete 1,000 marathons.

April 22, 2010 Posted by | Marathon Running | , , , , | Leave a comment

Mizutani, Mizuguchi pull big surprise – BIIF Tennis Championships

BIIF defending doubles champions Kealkehe's Jeffrey Gelman and CJ Daub

Mizutani

BIIF TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS BEGIN TODAY

   Waiakea’s top singles players, Kaito Mizutani and Kallen Mizuguchi, have opted to forego playing in the Big Island Interscholastic Federation individual championships and instead have teamed up to play doubles.

   Mizutani and Mizuguchi would have been given the top two individual seeds going into the BIIF championships, but the two good friends decided to team their talents and go for the doubles crown.

   The door is now open for one of several individuals to lay claim to the BIIF crown.  St. Joseph’s Hunter Lee, Kealakehe’s Spencer Travalino, Hawaii Prep’s Jake Moran and Hilo’s Daniel Tada all have a shot at winning the individual title.

Mizuguchi

For the ladies it should be all Sayo.  Kealakehe’s Sayo Tsukamoto will be shooting for her fourth consecutive BIIF individual crown and should be one of the top three players in the state.

The only question for the girl’s singles crown is who will come in second?

   Defending boys doubles champions CJ Daub and Jeffrey Gelman have been given the number 2 seed behind Mizuguchi and Mizutani.

   Defending girls doubles champions Crystal Makaiwi and Sabryna Yates of Kealakehe should have strong competition from Waiakea’s Chelsea Sato and Samantha Maesato.

   The BIIF championship starts today at Holua Tennis Center and concludes on Saturday.

April 22, 2010 Posted by | tennis | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment