I Smoked Em, Admits jeff noel

The 70-year old jeff noel beat looked like this guy, Guideo Muller. Guido holds the 70-74 400m World Record.

So I show up. Not knowing what to do or how to do it. Was wearing New Balance 473’s – more like trail running shoe than track spikes. Clod-hoppers is what they call them where I grew up.

An 11-year old on the inside lane, then me, and a 70-year old on the outside lane. The starter raises his pistol – runners to your mark (pause), set (pause 1-2 seconds), BANG!

One minute, two and a half seconds later, I smoked them both.

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Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.


  1. 🙂
    I’m guessing you probably didn’t rub it in their faces. Kind of funny to picture though. 🙂

  2. No, no rubbing in.

    And in case it’s fuzzy. I certainly didn’t run against Guido. The pic is from 2009 Masters World Championships in Finland.

    The story above was 2005, Clermont, Florida. The 70-year old I refer to in the outside lane was not a world-class sprinter. Simply a guy trying to stay healthy.

    I just thought it was funny how I was sandwiched between two extremes. 🙂

  3. I remember you posting an inspiring video of Guido.

    I only hope I can still move well enough to even do that at 70 (referring to your 2005 competitor). 🙂

  4. We can hope, and then get moving. 🙂
    Hope your travels are treating you well and inspiring you to do work that matters.

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