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1995

PZ3 demo #2

Dan Conway. Dan Conway started running in Chetek at age 37. Over the next three decades, he won 17 U.S. age group championships, set nine U.S. and one world record and won two world masters 10K championships.

 

He claimed to have had great training partners. John Vodacek had run a 2:17 marathon, Duane Fjelstad ran a 2:36 marathon at age 45, as well as John Kann, Dale Corbin, Bill Knickerbocker, and Billy Danielson. All lived in the Chetek, Wisconsin area. They had dirt roads that were hilly for long weekend runs; they had a ski hill and a nice all weather track for speed work. They had good clean air and college kids to keep them humble in the summer, including Chad Johnson, the Donnerbauer brothers and many more.

 

Probably his two most notable performances were winning the world masters 10k road race title in 30:26 in Perpignan, France in 1983 at age 44, and, in 1992, setting a world indoor mile record for the 50-54 age group in 4:41.31 at the Sunkist games in Los Angeles. There were a dozen 50-54 year old runners in a special mile, including gold medalist, Kip Keino of Kenya, who had just turned 50.