BPP producer Ian Chillag at the start of the 2008 Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, Mass.
Forty years ago this month, Amby Burfoot won the Boston Marathon. On Monday, producer Ian Chillag is helping to pace Burfoot through the race. Chillag will post regular updates on our blog and through our Twitter feed.
Shivering at the race start in Hopkinton, Chillag reports that the weather is too cold for short shorts. He says race organizers are playing "Long May You Run" on the public address system. His first picture shows a line of portable relief stations. "Urine is actually a really huge part of marathoning, sorry to say," he reports.
At his fastest, Burfoot was a dominating runner. With a time of 2:14:29, Burfoot came within a second of the American record at the 1969 Fukuoka Marathon in Japan. Today, he and Chillag are looking to clock in at just under four hours. Chillag's personal best is 2:42. He's concerned the slower pace may take a toll. "I'm pretty nervous about it," he says. "When you're running faster, you're taking a lot fewer steps because your strides are bigger. I have never taken as many steps as I'm going to take today."
To follow Chillag and Burfoot's progress, check out the sports section of our blog and our Twitter feed. He'll also be sending pictures to our Flickr account.