It’s Good to Dream Big – A Conversation with Ken Rolston & Ernie Rivas.
THE SCENE: The Bronx, 1970s.
THE STORY: Two champion runners, one with the soul of a miler, the other with gold-medal Olympic marathon dreams. Ken Rolston and Ernie Rivas ran in the same circles but for many years their paths did not cross. Finally they met through a mutual friend who was also the captain of the Lehman College cross country team. Their mutual admiration and competitive natures ignited a friendly rivalry that pushed the other to greater achievements. This is the story of competitive racing during a bygone era. It is also the story of a lifelong friendship born from a mutual love of running and a drive to dream big!
PART I: Ken Rolston was inducted into the Lehman College Track and Cross Country Hall of Fame in 1999. He holds the college record for the mile with a time of 4:21. Born and raised in the Bronx, NY, Ken’s first competitive race took place at the track in Van Cortlandt Park. Little did he know that he would return to Van Cortlandt to coach the Van Cortlandt Track Club for twenty years. Ken’s personal record in the marathon is 2:26:50. Ernie Rivas was inducted into the Lehman College Track and Cross Country Hall of Fame in 2003. Ernie has run fifteen sub-2:30 marathons and 15 marathons between 2:30 and 2:37. His personal best in the marathon is 2:21:16. Ernie currently coaches competitive and elite runners.
This is a captivating story of two accomplished runners who have taken different training approaches to reach the pinnacle of their running careers.
Part II: This is a lovely, inspiring, entertaining, and incredibly funny recounting of Ken and Ernie both breaking 2:30 at the 1975 Boston Marathon… but not necessarily together!