Eddie Herena added a new record to his achievements when he broke the one-hour run record of the San Quentin 1000 Mile Club.
He completed 9-3/8 miles in 60 minutes, besting Ronnie Goodman’s record of 9.25 miles in 2009.
Herena, 32, also “holds the San Quentin 1000 Mile Club record for the one-mile, three-mile, 5,000 meters and six-mile races, as well as being a member of the record-setting distance medley and 4×1-mile relay teams,” said coach Frank Ruona.
Reynaldo Campos, 38, took second place with 8 and 7/8 miles.
“I’m happy. Training with the club, playing soccer and basketball helped my conditioning to finish,” said Campos.
Sergio Carrillo, 41, took third with 8-13/16 miles completed. Carlos Ramirez, 37, was fourth with 8-5/8.
The May 22 run had a diverse group of runners. Seventy-year-old Steve Wilson inspired the runners and the crowd.
Although a few runners dropped out, Wilson finished.
“I’ve been running 30 or 40 miles a month. I never ran an hour before; I ran at my pace, and running with my friend John Levin helped me,” said Wilson.
Outside trainers Kevin and Suzanna “Zany” Rumon were two of six official lap counters.
“Running helps you to go somewhere else for an hour,” said Rumon.
Suzanna added,”Everybody runs their own race, but running with others helps build relationships. Plus you can take running anywhere you go.”
The gloomy day did keep the runners cool as they made their way around the uneven track.
“This was the perfect weather to race and to have the outside guests makes the race legitimate. When you run, you just have to make a plan and stick with it,” said Steve Reitz, 39.
Reitz ran 8-1/4 in 60 minutes, coming in ninth.
Alberto Mendez, 60, and Abdel Kader Morceli, 32, were coming off leg injuries but were happy to test their strength to compete.
Morceli came in fifth with 8.5 miles. Mendez ran 7-1/8.
First-time runner Danny Plunkett, 45, put in 7.5 miles in an hour.
“I usually run for 20 minutes. I got into a zone and told myself I just need to double my time,” said Plunkett.
After the race, all the 1000 Mile Running Club members received a pair of new running shoes from the club issued by coach Ruona.