From Marathon to Mile: A Conversation with Sid Howard

Sid Howard ran his first marathon in 1978 at the age of 39. He ran eight more marathons until finally deciding to forego the distance in order to focus on racing the mile. This decision allowed his talent to truly shine. Over a long career, Sid continued to surpass his own performances. Sid has earned over fifty National masters titles, six U.S. records, five world records, eight world championship medals, and in 2005 he was inducted into the USATF Masters Hall of Fame. Sid holds American indoor records for M65-69 of 2:19.4 for the 800m, 5:23.05 for the mile, and 4:45.36 for 1500m.

Behind these accolades is a grateful man who loves life and who loves to share his enthusiasm for running with those around him. Sid is a mentor, coach, inspiration, and ambassador of the sport. He is a beautiful story-teller with a well of wisdom and experience. More than winning any particular race or record, Sid’s story is about the power of persistence, determination, and hard work. It is a story about the twisting turns of life and how the skills gained in athletic training can bleed into other areas of life. Sid embodies joyful living and joyful running. This episode is a privilege to share, thank you, Sid.