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The 25th Anniversary CIM

Story #25 in a series of 25. Written to celebrate the CIM’s 25th Anniversary on December 2, 2007. By Cynci Calvin. 2007 Race Review Near Perfect Weather for the 6th Year in a Row A few clouds and breezes meant cool but not too cold, wonderful marathon running conditions. Record Numbers… again! 2006 saw marathon entries increase from 3,000 to 4,500 and relay teams increase from 350 to 500. The CIM, choosing quality over quantity, capped entries for 2007 at 6,000 for the marathon and 750 for the relay, and planned accordingly. by...

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When I’m 64: Masters Running And The CIM

Story #23 in a series of 25. Written to celebrate the CIM’s 25th Anniversary on December 2, 2007. By Cynci Calvin. Masters runners have played a key role in putting the CIM front and center as a top-ranked U.S. marathon. Below is a brief overview of masters’ running achievements and trends at the CIM. CIM Masters Time Line 1983 – The Inaugural Running Sister Marion Irvine at age 54 ran her astounding 2:51:02 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials qualifying time. It continues to be the CIM’s course record for women 50 and older, and it is...

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The Good, The Bad And The Weird

Story #22 in a series of 25. Written to celebrate the CIM’s 25th Anniversary on December 2, 2007. By Cynci Calvin. A 25-year-old marathon, with all its history, logistics and large numbers of participants and volunteers, is bound to produce many interesting stories over the years, and the CIM is certainly no exception. You’ve already read several of these in previous articles, but here are more of our favorites not previously published. Some are heartwarming, some humorous, some not so good, and some are downright, well…WEIRD....

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A Sign Of The Times: The Iraqi Runner

Story #21 in a series of 25. Written to celebrate the CIM’s 25th Anniversary on December 2, 2007. By Cynci Calvin. The CIM’s Iraqi Runner The fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime in 2002 was followed by an attempt to revitalize Iraq’s chances for competing in the 2004 Summer Olympic Games. An Iraqi Interim Olympic Committee, chaired by Ahmed Al-Samarrai, was established in the West Sector of Bagdhad, also the jurisdiction of Army Colonel Pete Mansoor (CIM Race Director John Mansoor’s brother). Early in 2003, the CIM Board agreed to...

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Saving The Streak: CIM Legacy Runners

Story #20 in a series of 25. Written to celebrate the CIM’s 25th Anniversary on December 2, 2007. By Cynci Calvin. Simply Amazing When asked about the times they almost missed being able to run the CIM, many of the 25-time CIM finishers responded that the most likely time for this to happen would have been in the first four years, before they even realized they were “on a streak.” There were simply times that staying in bed and enjoying a leisurely Sunday was very tempting. That aside, below are stories about what nearly caused some of...

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Against All Odds: They Came, They Ran, They Finished

Story #19 in a series of 25. Written to celebrate the CIM’s 25th Anniversary on December 2, 2007. By Cynci Calvin. 26.2 miles… 26.2 miles is a long, long way, but nothing compared to the miles, the hours, the ups, and the downs involved in training to complete this distance. The journey from the initial “I think I’ll run the CIM this year.” to crossing the finish line is filled with a wide range of emotions revealed in thoughts like “Whose idea was this anyway?” to “What a beautiful morning to be running; this is a great sport!”...

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CIM Entry Surges: The Boston Factor

Story #18 in a series of 25. Written to celebrate the CIM’s 25th Anniversary on December 2, 2007. By Cynci Calvin. Growth Trends CIM entries over the years show a gradual increase, beginning with close to 2,000 in the 1983 inaugural running. A drop occurred in 1988, following the infamous “stormathon” of 1987, but other than that, by 1994 the entries had modestly increased to around 3,000. A big exception to this occurred in 1995 when the entry numbers jumped to more than 3,500. As the Boston Marathon approached its 100th running...

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Dam To Dome Fast Times: Course Records

Story #17 in a series of 25. Written to celebrate the CIM’s 25th Anniversary on December 2, 2007. By Cynci Calvin. Jerry Lawson – 2:10:27 At his high school in the Syracuse, NY suburb of Chittenango, cross-country and track were Jerry Lawson’s second choice sports after missing the cuts for basketball and baseball. His high school times did not translate to college scholarships, but improved after two years at Mohawk Community College (Utica, NY). He still holds the 3K Steeplechase (9:21.5), the 5,000m (14:49.4) and the 10,000m...

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Got Pacers? You Bet!

Story #16 in a series of 25. Written to celebrate the CIM’s 25th Anniversary on December 2, 2007. By Cynci Calvin. A Helping Hand Amby Burfoot of Runner’s World Magazine developed the concept of pace teams in the mid-1990s, as a way to help runners qualify for the 100th Boston Marathon in 1996. The first Pace Team Leaders, courtesy of Runner’s World Magazine, appeared at the 1995 St. George Marathon. Since then Pace Teams have become an integral part of many marathons. Some of today’s notable pace team programs include the Runner’s...

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Women At The CIM: You’ve Come A Long Way Ladies

Story #15 in a series of 25. Written to celebrate the CIM’s 25th Anniversary on December 2, 2007. By Cynci Calvin. 20-20 Hindsight Until the mid-1970s, a woman who ran distance was a rare bird indeed. Even on the track women were sparsely represented. Women’s sprint and middle distance races were added to the Olympics in 1928. Three women collapsed during the first 800-meter run, adding credence to the hypothesis that women’s health was jeopardized by distance running. As a result, no races for women beyond 200 meters were run at the...

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