Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Great vintage documentary on Bill Rodger's and the 1977 Boston Marathon

This is a great find, a 20 minute documentary on Bill Rodger's before, during, and after the 1977 Boston Marathon. There is video of Bill training and hanging out with his GBTC teammates, the ride to Boston with his wife, the wheelchair start, and video of the race. His then wife Ellen, is often featured handing out liquid E.R.G. (remember that?) to Billy and commenting on the race. It is interesting to watch all the cars, cyclists, and people out on the course. I particularly liked seeing all the runners in the underground garage after the race. I remember being ushered there after my first Boston Marathon. This video brings back the old days of running. Unfortunately for Billy. Boston 1977 was a hot day for running.