A bonus #tbt today, in honor of the 51st anniversary of the race that’s coming up this Sunday:
Jeff Galloway won the first marathon he entered, in 1963 at age 18, even though he was “woefully unprepared“:
This race was actually the first Atlanta Marathon (race historians don’t count the informal race held in March 1963 with four finishers).
Jeff’s fame today is in large part due to his successful run-walk-run program, which has helped millions of people learn to enjoy distance running. But Jeff was also an excellent competitor. Among his many accomplishments, Jeff has a 2:16 marathon PR and he ran the 10K for the US in the 1972 Olympics.