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    John Lucas is an Olympic historian at Penn State, and a friend who has been my roommate at several Olympics. He is a former T&F coach in HS and at Penn State and actually ran in the 52 Trials in the 10K. He recently penned his autobiography and I was able to see him this weekend at a meeting and he gave me a copy. I quote about the Penn Relays from his autobiographical introduction:

    "It is a nearly perfectly organized event, with 200 volunteer judges and referees and half-a-dozen paid starters. The number of spectators over the decades from teh 19th century to the 21st is over 3 million, with nearly a half-million performers. The event has been precious to me since I participated as "middle leg" on the 1950 Boston Univ. distance medley relay. Four years later, I took my Huntington Prep School there and won the 2-mile relay in 1954. As assistant coach at the U Maryland, I was at the relays from 1958-61, and then as track & field coach at Penn State from 1962-68, I did not miss a Relay. From then until 2006, I was an official, helping the Penn Relays in their tradition, in what I call the world's greatest track meet - 10 times bigger than the T&F competitions at the Olympics."

    High praise for the meet and indirectly, its director, our intrepid DJ.

  • #2
    Doesn't Mt. SAC claim to be bigger than Penn?

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    • #3
      Should be over 300 officials but who is counting. :wink:

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      • #4
        Originally posted by gh
        Doesn't Mt. SAC claim to be bigger than Penn?
        On what basis?

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