Burfoot heads to Boston for 45th anniversary of his win there

Emmaus resident won the Boston Marathon in 1968

Amby Burfoot says he has surprised himself this year.

The 66-year-old Emmaus resident is training more and running more than he has in 20 years, and he's been doing it at a perfect time.

On Monday, Burfoot will toe the line for the start of the Boston Marathon to celebrate the 45th anniversary of his legendary win in 1968.

"It doesn't get old running Boston because I don't run it every year," said Burfoot, one of the editors-at-large for Runner's World magazine.

For Burfoot, returning to Boston is like returning home. His family and friends live in his native Connecticut.

"Because it's an anniversary run, people come out of the woodwork to run with me," he said. "I've got a team of six or seven of us to run together, and one is my very first training partner from Connecticut. He's in his mid-60s now too, and he's an oncologist in Vermont. His daughter, who is very fast, is running with us. My two kids are cheering — they're not into running — and a couple of my in-laws are running with us. A lot of family is coming up to cheer."

Burfoot said that it's fun revisiting the famed Hopkinton-to-Boston course, even with Heartbreak Hill looming between miles 20 and 21 near Boston College.

"It's challenging as hell," he admitted, "but I have made adjustments. I run slower now. I try to run within myself, and that's actually easy. I've been running a long time, and running teaches you humility and to accept exactly who you are and where you are. I have no delusions, I just try to keep putting one foot in front of the other."

Burfoot has been putting in decent miles in preparation for Boston, with some 70 mile weeks, some 50 mile weeks and some 40 mile weeks. He said a case of bronchitis and/or the flu in December and January shut him down long enough that he mentally and physically began to run with more vigor and mental acuity.

"It's a tricky course and you have to run Boston really smart to run it well," Burfoot said. "One definition of smart is to run conservatively, and that's what I hope to do. You can never toe the start line and know you're going to finish. There are many pitfalls on the treacherous Boston course."

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The season will close on Aug. 30 with the UCI Madison Cup, and the facility will be dark on Friday, July 5, in honor of the Fourth of July Weekend.

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7 US Sprint Grand Prix

14 Keirin Cup/10 Mile Championship

21 UCI Festival of Speed presented by EnduroPacks

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