Meet running greats Steve Jones and Henry Rono at Luke’s on Saturday

Steve Jones, left, and Henry Rono, right, will visit with fans from 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday at Luke's Locker. Photo courtesy Luke's Locker
Steve Jones, left, and Henry Rono, right, will visit with fans from 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday at Luke’s Locker. Photo courtesy Conley Sports


Need some inspiration before Sunday’s marathon?

Head to Luke’s Locker, 115 Sandra Muraida Way, to meet two of the running world’s best, Steve Jones and Henry Rono. They’ll be autographing photos (compliments of Conley Sports) and chatting with fans from 1-2:30 p.m.

And in case your wondering how your running shoes stack up, here’s the low-down on Jones and Rono.

Jones, who worked full time as an aircraft mechanic with the Royal Air Force during the peak of his career, roared to a world record at the Chicago Marathon in 1984, with a time of 2:08:05. He got even faster the next year, when he finished second at the same race with a time of 2:07:13. He also set a world record in the half marathon in 1985,with a time of 61:14.

Career highlights include wins at the 1985 London Marathon, the 1988 New York City Marathon and the 1992 Toronto Marathon.

He was known as a blue collar runner, and never used a watch during training or races. He just knew where he was. Today he lives and coaches in Boulder, Colorado.

Rono earned his fame in track and field.

He started running when he was an elementary school student in Kenya. He moved to the United States and attended Washington State University. During an 81-day span in 1978, he broke four world records – the 10,000 meters (27:22:50), 5,000 meters (13:08.4), 3,000 steeplechase (8:05.4) and 3,000 (7:32.1).

His steeplechase record stood for 11 years, and his 10,000 meters record for a college runner didn’t fall until 2010. Today, he coaches high school runners in Albuquerque.

Author: Pam LeBlanc

Pam LeBlanc writes about fitness and travel for the Austin American-Statesman. She has worked for the Statesman since 1998 and written her weekly fitness column, Fit City, since 2004.

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