New York Times

The Secret To His Success: It’s All in the Feet

New York Times

New York Times

By GEORGE P. BLUMBERG
Published: August 04, 2002

Summary

MEET an 81-year-old runner who has raced barefoot for 66 years. Charley (Doc) Robbins, a retired physician from Middletown, started running when almost nobody else did.

Robbins said he started running in 1936 because ”My future father-in-law took a dim view of me. So I’d meet my girlfriend” — and wife-to-be, Doris Stevenson — ”at her grandfather’s farm, about four miles from my home in Bolton. I ran home at midnight over dirt roads, and barefoot. Then I thought if I could run the four miles without stopping, I might as well join the cross country team.”

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