'Boston Billy' Ready to Run Again


We set off from the house, nice and easy. Bill Rodgers said he still ran six times a week, about 40 miles. His strides were light and effortless; he talked easily. He spoke about his longtime friendships with fellow runners; his famed running centers, the last of which closed in October; his new book, "Marathon Man." He mentioned the three-time winner Cosmas Ndeti of Kenya, who had given his son the middle name Boston. He stopped to say hello to a pair of unleashed dogs. (Rodgers usually stops for crazy dogs. He said he's only been bitten once.)

The road wound down to a barn and an open field, and then out of the sun and into the woods, where we ran over tree roots and pine needles. "I think next year I should run Boston," Rodgers said...

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