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Name: HARVEY BLONDER Running Club: Boston Athletic Association
Hometown: Canton, MA Height: 5' 7"; Weight: 150 lbs
Age: 49 (on Sept. 2, 2002) Running Shoe: Saucony  


Harvey Blonder winning the Norwood Hospital 10K Harvey Blonder at the 1987 Boston Marathon.
Harvey Blonder - Norwood Hospital 10K
Photo by Kenneth McLean.
Harvey Blonder - 1987 Boston Marathon


Running Data Favorite Road Races
Years Running: 23 1. Canton Fall Classic 10K
Marathons: 20 (including 11 @ Boston) 2. Hockomock Swamp Rat Summer Series
Total Races: at least 400 3. Canton 4th of July 4.9M
Miles Per Week: 40-45 4. Boston Marathon
Most MPW Ever: 92 5. Franklin Park 8K Cross Country


Personal Records: Road Personal Records: Track
2.5M Fresh Pond - 12:26 (Cambridge - '85) 1500 - 4:15.1 (1985)
3.75M HSR Series - 18:57 (July 1986) Mile - 4:36
5M - 25:12* (Canton 4.9 - 1986) 3000 - 9:13.3 (1986)
10K - 32:28 (Braintree Hospital - 1987) 5000 - 15:53
10M - 54:19 (en route Marshfield 20K) 10000 - 33:18
20K - 67:38 (Marshfield 20K - 1987)
13.1M - 1:11:28 (New Bedford - 1985)
30K - 1:45:36 (Boylston - 1983)
Marathon - 2:36:12 (Boston - 1986)

Boston - '02 Easton - '01 Canton - '01  NH Relay - '01


Racing Data
Worst Race(s): "Wrentham 10K, September '00. Lost Some Training time, then trained furiously on stationary cycle, hard enough to do my legs in. Only 10K over 40 minutes." Best Race(s): "Marshfield 20K - 67:38 (1987): N.E. Championship (PR) a pack every step of the way, never being able to ease concentration until crossing the finish line."
Most Influential Runners: "Lucky Gray, Kirk Randall, Sid Yip, all the river rats who taught me to love and appreciate the whole running scene and especially to have fun with it." "Norwich Rose 10.6M - 56:24 (1985):  contending as a foreigner in Connecticut without home crowd advantage."
"Any race where I have out kicked someone. Most enjoyable, the 1985 Health Center 7.5 mile in Brockton. Everything felt great that day, unexpectedly moved into the lead at about 4 miles, then was challenged at 4.5 and raced side by side until about 7 miles. I was able to kick to win by 5 seconds, in the last half mile."
Most Proud of the Fact: "That I have yet to drop out of a race." "Chatham 10K - 32:57 (1984): 3rd place, my highest finish in what was at that time, a fairly big race."
"Jimmy Burchfield 8M - 42:35 (1987): Ran the last 2 miles in 10:05, including the downhill 7th mile in about 4:50."


Why I Run:

"Good question. Originally for fitness, later for competition, now for both competition, friendship and the mental benefits of being in shape.
Nowadays my rewards in running come mostly from coaching. The high school kids I've coached and seen are truly inspirational. I try to pass onto them some knowledge, but also a passion for the sport. You can only succeed if you've got the courage to fail. I believe in hard work, smart training, and patience, but you also have got to have 'heart' which cannot always be taught."

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