Dr. Ron Hill is 75-years-old and has run marathons and races all over the world. He will pay a visit to the Friendly City this weekend where he will be the featured guest runner in the Lois Stobbs Memorial 10K Walk and Run.
It all started as hobby back in 1953. Dr Ron Hill joined a running club in this hometown in England. From there running became a passion for Hill who soon began to keep a daily account of his training.
In over 50 years he has never missed a day of running. In that time he has covered over one hundred sixty thousand miles. He would run nearly eight miles back and forth to work every day in all types of weather.
“If you think about it in winter when it’s dark and raining, running to work an running back I’m thinking that must have been horrible but I don’t have memories of it being that bad,” said Dr. Hill.
His accomplishments over the years are amazing. He has run races in over one hundred countries and competed in the Olympics three times. In 1970 he became the first British Citizen to win the Boston Marathon with a time of just over two hours and ten minutes. He says his toughest race was back in 1988.
“Mt. Cameroon is 13,000 feet and it’s an active volcano. It wasn’t so bad going up because you can just scramble and scramble but the moment I turned around I was getting tired by then. My legs just started to say we have had enough of this and I was slipping and sliding and people were passing me and it became survival,” said Dr. Hill.
Dr. Hill says he hope his passion and hard work will rub off on younger runners.
“I hope it inspires a few of them that if he could do it I could do it,” said Dr. Hill.
At age 75, he doesn’t plan on slowing down anytime soon.
“People ask me when I’m going to stop. When I’m nailed down in the box and that’s it,” said Dr. Hill.
You can meet Dr. Hill at The Lois Stobbs Memorial 10k Run and Walk. It gets underway this Saturday morning at 8:30 at Bridge Street Middle School.