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If you can fill the unforgiving minute with 60 seconds worth of distance, run, yours is the earth and everything that’s in it, and — which is more — you’ll be a man, my son.
-Rudyard Kipling

Elite Ultrarunner Davey Crockett has written an article about the top 65 fastest 100 mile racers. Local legend Don Jewell is 34th the on the list! Has dual citizen ship be born in Ireland and becoming a naturalized American citizen. Don share time between Lords Valley PA and Florida. Don will be working as a volunteer at out Pocono Marathon. Don is a spectacular human being! What the following article doesn’t tell is Lion Caldwell was disqualified hour after the finish and Don woke up the nest day as National Champion!

SWIFT ENDURANCE LEGENDS THE FASTEST 100-MILE ULTRARUNNER during the 1970’s, 80’s and 90’s Davy Crockett –

Swift Endurance Legends 76 DON JEWELL 100 Time Year Age at that time Year First 100 Year Last 100 Age last 100 Year last ultra Age last ultra 14:25 1984 45 1984 1989 50 1990 51 Don Jewell of East Islip, Long Island, New York ran his first ultra in 1980, the Metropolitan 50 in Central Park, New York and finished in 6:18. He ran that event again in 1981 improving his time by 18 minutes. Don, age 45, likely ran his first 100-miler at the 1984 USA 100 Mile National Championships at Shea Stadium in Queens. In a race with 67 starters and only 24 finishers, he finished second in a blazing 14:25. Lion Caldwell won the race that year. His next time running 100 miles was later in the fall of 1984 when he placed second at the Sri Chinmoy 24-hour race with a distance of 145 miles. That was an American record that stood for several years. He was second to Yiannis Kouros who ran 177 miles. One person observed, “The only person I really feel sorry for was Don Jewell. Imagine running 145 miles and being 32 miles behind the winner!” Don did get a win back in 1983, the Sri Chinmoy 70- miler. Nathan Whiting, who came in 2nd, said of Don, “He’s one of the great American Ultrarunners, and this is the first time he’s won a race. I’m happy to be second.” The next year, 1985, he ran and again placed second at the USA 100 Mile Championship in 1985 held at Shea Stadium with a time of 14:39. He next ran Sri Chinmoy 100 in 1986 and finished in 15:53. In 1987 at age 49, he won the Sri Chinmoy 24-hour race and covered 130 miles with a 100-mile split of 15:49. He again won the event in 1988 with 133 miles and a 100-mile split of 17:18. He was back in 1989 and covered 127 miles. In 1990, he ran in the Sri Chinmoy 100 at Flushing Meadows. He was leading the race at the 100K by 19 minutes over Frank DeLeo, but Don’s feet and face were getting “leaden.” He dropped out after 89 miles. After 1990, he disappeared from running ultras. In his 60s and 70s, he was still running marathons. He ran Boston in 2005 with 4:49. In 2015 at the age of 77 he ran the Steamtown Marathon in Pennsylvania in 5:38. He lives in Lords Valley, Pennsylvania.

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Sat & Sun – Mill Rats – tale waggin’ and tail draggin’ as usual!

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05/06 – The West End Park and Open Space Commission is pleased to announce the inaugural 5K9 TRAIL LEISURE RUN/WALK at the West End Regional Park on 578 Evergreen Hollow Road in Chestnuthill Township on Saturday, May 6 from 10am to 1pm (registration begins at 9am).

FROM TOM – The Pocono Area Running Club needs volunteers for the first water stop of the Pocono Marathon on May 21. Over 900 runners pass the water stop in less than 10 minutes, so we like to have 15 to 20 volunteers. It’s a fun (and social) way to spend the morning. You get a great view of the race, and you’re finished by 8:15 am.

If you would like to volunteer, or you have any questions, please call me at (570)872-6473 or email Its okay to just show up, but I’d like to have an approximate head count.
Thank you,
Tom Burbage

06/17 – WILSON AREA PARTNERS IN EDUCATION 5K RACE – School Time: 9:00 a.m. Registration will begin 7:45 a.m. on race day Fastest overall male and female will receive a $50.00 gift card to a local running store. Course designed for a very fast finish that ends in beautiful Wilson Area High School stadium. You can also register on-line at On-line registration closes on June 14, 2017 at midnight. Non-Refundable Entry: $20 per person or $45 for a family of three before June 1, 2017, $25 per person or $55 for a family of three after June 1, 2017, and $15.00 for cross-country team members. Family entries must be mailed together. Entry includes a quality t-shirt, delicious food, and an opportunity to support a worthwhile cause.

07/23 – LAKE PLACID IRONMAN – Lisa and Lynn

08/20 – Lehigh Valley Zoo Run Wild for Wildlife Conservation, 10K, 5K and 1 mile Family Fun Walk for Wildlife






11/23 – Pumpkin Pie 5k – Nazareth YMCA

12/09 – The Knights of Columbus Council 13935 will be sponsoring its 7TH ANNUAL KRIS KRINGLE 5K RUN/WALK at Matamoras Airport Park on. The run will be starting at 9 with the walkers leaving 15 minutes earlier. More info when available.
Bill Gaa – 570.445.9551


06/04 – INDEPENDENCE TRI – Lake Nockamixon

06/04 – Philly Int’l Classic – Pro/Am bike race

06/11 – WallyMan Tri - Lake Wallenpaupack

07/15 – New Holland Bike Race 50mile

07/16 – Anthracite Tri – Mauch Chunk Lake Park

07/22 – NJ State Tri – Mercer County Park, NJ

08/12 – REV3 POCONOS 2017- SPLIT ROCK RESORT Lake Harmony, PA

08/12 – Nightmare Tour – 177 mile bike race – Lancaster County

08/13 – Steelman Tri – Lake Nockamixon

09/04 – Donut Derby – bike/donut race – Trexlertown

09/30 – Walpack Wilderness Challenge Du Walpack, NJ

09/30 – Morning Star 5k – Bethlehem

09/30 – Chilli Challenge – Montour Preserve

10/07 – Dirty Dozen Hill Climb – bike race 63 miles Adamstown, PA

10/14 – New Holland Bike Race 50mile – New Holland, PA

10/15 – Lake to Lake 8k trail run – Lake Wallenpaupack

11/18 & 19 – FROM ERNEST ROUNDTREE – Here’s the date for the Philly marathon weekend Saturday November 18 is the Philly half marathon and the 8k run and November 19 is the Philly marathon


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