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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Running Legend Alberto Salazar Reflects On Future Of Marathons

Running legend Alberto Salazar. (Photo Alex Ashlock)

Alberto Salazar set a world record in the 1981 New York Marathon. He won that race three times and added a win in Boston in 1982. He also qualified for the 1984 Olympic Marathon, where he finished 15th.

Today, Salazar coaches Olympic runners at his base in Oregon.

Salazar told Here and Now‘s Alex Ashlock that he’s skeptical about just how much faster the 26.2 mile race can be run. “I don’t believe in our lifetime, the human body as it is right now… I don’t see the marathon going under 2 hours,” he said.

Watch Alberto Salazar win the 1982 Boston Marathon in thrilling fashion:

Guest:

  • Alberto Salazar, coach and former marathon great

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JCDRRMFCXP3D2DU5BMIMVIOVZU edwards

    Any moderate exercise is healthy, but competing at this level is very hazardous. Salazar destroyed his immune system with over-training, too much racing  (and possibly performance enhancers) and at 53 has been hospitalized several times with heart and blood pressure problems.

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