Bill Centifanto has a 2:43 to his credit...but it has been several years ago.
Matt Boschen has gone 2:59 this year.
There is a Rob Anderson who has run 2:55 this year but may not be the same Rob. The courses they have run are no where near the difficulty of the monkey.
Ben Schneider has run 2:35 and at Paavo Nurmi. He should win the monkey with that time on that course. MOST IMPRESSIVE and he is only 25.
Brian Stockdale has run 2:56 but it was in '02
Jason Reneau is 32 and has run 2:39 at the Derby Festival Marathon this year. He also ran to 7th place at the MS Blues Marathon on a very challenging course this year. He will be a contender for 2nd place.
Jeff Scovill ran 2:45.37 at Grandma's this year and should vie for a spot just under the 3 hour mark on the monkey course. He also ran Boston in 2:45 so he could be a surprise if he is putting in the mileage. [whaddya think, is he?]
John Stewart has run 2:53 at Boston.
Steve Smith has run 2:55.05 but it was back in 04 on a flat course.
I'm running somewhere tomorrow. It's going to be beautiful. I can't wait.
50,000 Miles Later
And among the women, there are 5 who have run 3:36--3:40 marathon times.
Then there's Wendi Parker-Dial who's run a 3:14......
...at the '06 Monkey.
But of course.
So you ARE going to race the Monkey!
You may not technically be as fast as a few other women, but you know the course. That counts for a lot in the Monkey.
Not that it'll help either one of us against Wendi.
Not that either one of us gives a flying flip about beating anyone.
There may be other faster women than what I came up with...I've just been running the names through Athlinks for a while until I got through them. Some names didn't show up at all, so who knows.
The Logic of Long Distance
Right, exactly. We can beat most people without trying...right?
It's good to know that I'm not the only one who does this.