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My participation, though, ended after two mediocre years.
On a Saturday morning in May 1970, I ran my second Palo Verdes Marathon, finishing in 2 hours, 42 minutes – among the top 20 high school marathon times in the United States that year.
Later that year, I went east to Harvard, where I joined the cross-country and track teams.
By the next year, Fairfax was among the top cross country and track teams in the city.
In the spring of 1968, Mike Wittlin set a city record with a two-mile time of .
Most of us from that running era at Fairfax have continued to find value in the distance running culture and continue to run daily.
My own running career would have its ups and downs over the years.
We ran the Culver City Marathon in 19, and the Palos Verdes Marathon in 19.
We traveled in a van to San Diego to run the Mission Bay Marathon in January 1970.
We’d start at Burton Way and La Cienega and each week choose a different canyon: Franklin Canyon, Coldwater Canyon, Benedict Canyon, Beverly Glen Drive – 12, 14, 16 miles.
Often on Sundays, we’d do a canyon run in the morning and come back at night with a three- or four-mile run at the Los Angeles Country Club.