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Philly Marathon: May the better man win

Philadelphia Inquirer Sports Editor John Quinn challenges the winner of the recent Cooper Norcross Run the Bridge 10K to put it on the line.

Philly Marathon: May the better man win

Philadelphia Inquirer Sports Editor John Quinn challenges the winner of the recent Cooper Norcross Run the Bridge 10K to put it on the line.
Philadelphia Inquirer Sports Editor John Quinn challenges the winner of the recent Cooper Norcross Run the Bridge 10K to put it on the line.

Philadephia Inquirer Sports Editor John Quinn is sharing his thoughts as he prepared to run the Rothman Institute 8K as part of the Philadelphia Marathon weekend.

by John Quinn

I am laying down the gauntlet, Sam Ndereba.

I don’t care that we were side-by-side on Sunday, November 4 when you were accepting your first-place medal in the Cooper Norcross Run the Bridge 10k and I was just finishing the race, traversing Campbell Field so I could get to the Dunkin Donut truck before it ran out of coffee.

I am running the 8k Saturday (actually, you are, too). But when I finish, the challenge begins. I am betting my time in the 8k against your time Sunday in the half-marathon.

Last year, you finished in 1:04.04, and you won.

Last year, I finished the Rothman 8k in 1:05. (And wasn’t last.)

I know you are training hard. You won the Bridge Run by one second and got some coin for finishing first. Beat me by 52 minutes.

You should get some more escarole Sunday when you win the half marathon.

But will you beat me?

I have no money to offer. We will run your photo in the Inquirer anyway because you deserve it.

I ran the Miles for Medals 5k at Rowan University last Saturday in 33:51. 

Call it a tuneup. Here’s proof

I will give you my t-shirt from that race if you win. If I win, I want  your running number.

I’ll see you at the start. 

Read John Quinn's previous marathon blog entry:

 

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Alfred Atanda, Jr., M.D. Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children.
Robert Cabry, M.D. Drexel Sports Medicine, Team physician - U.S. Figure Skating, Assoc. Team Physician - Drexel
Brian Cammarota, MEd, ATC, CSCS, CES Symetrix Sports Performance, athletic trainer at OAA Orthopaedics
Desirea D. Caucci, PT, DPT, OCS Co-owner of Conshohocken Physical Therapy, Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist
Michael G. Ciccotti, M.D. Rothman Institute, Head Team Physician for the Phillies & St. Joe's
Julie Coté, PT, MPT, OCS, COMT Magee Rehabilitation Hospital
Peter F. DeLuca, M.D. Rothman Institute, Head Team Physician - Eagles, Head Orthopedic Surgeon - Flyers
Joel H. Fish, Ph.D. Director - The Center For Sport Psychology, Sports Psychology Consultant - 76ers & Flyers
R. Robert Franks, D.O. Rothman Institute, Team Physician - USA Wrestling, Consultant - Philadelphia Phillies
Ashley B. Greenblatt, ACE-CPT Certified Personal Trainer at The Sporting Club at The Bellevue
Cassie Haynes, JD, MPH Co-Founder, Trap Door Athletics, CrossFit LI Certified
Eugene Hong, MD, CAQSM, FAAFP Team Physician - Drexel, Philadelphia University, Saint Joe’s, & U.S. National Women’s Lacrosse
Jim McCrossin, ATC Flyers and Phantoms
Kevin Miller Fitness Coach, Philadelphia Union
Heather Moore, PT, DPT, CKTP Owner of Total Performance Physical Therapy, North Wales, Pa.
David Rubenstein, M.D. Main Line Health Lankenau Medical Center, Team Orthopedist - Philadelphia 76ers
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