|The early part of the 1986 Las Vegas Marathon course. |
In 1985 and 1986, my then wife, Barb, and I spent a year touring the US and Canada on a very tight budget ($20 a day plus fuel) in a campervan and ran a number of races. Perhaps the most memorable was the Las Vegas Marathon in February 1986. We arrived the afternoon before the race and collected our race numbers from a local running shop before going to the Polynesian Hotel ($15 per night!) on the recommendation of the running shop proprietor. We were so poor we couldn't afford the pasta party, and instead, cooked some spaghetti bolognese in our campervan in the hotel car park and smuggled it up to our room.
|The towers of Las Vegas began to take shape in the|
far distance on the 1986 Las Vegas Marathon course.
|Crossing the finish line in the 1986 Las|
Vegas Marathon (10th, 2:31).
Barb was second-placed female overall, and I was first in the Male 35-39 category and tenth overall. We hung around the finish for a while, eating the free goodies, before returning to our hotel. Later, we attended the race presentation in another hotel and discovered Barb had won $750 for her effort and I received $350 for my category win. Neither of us had any interest in gambling but we splurged on some cheap restaurant meals before moving on the next day, one of the few couples to leave Las Vegas a lot wealthier than when we arrived.
For my training today, I ran an easy 5km around Copa, which was faster than expected. I'm beginning to feel good. How long can it last?