Published: August 04, 2002
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.”