Best of Inside Dirt 2013 - Page 6
6. Under Fire: Ultrarunning and coaching legend Tim O’Brien fired as XC coach; students and supporters rally
By Mike Benge
The year was 1989, and the fourth running of the Angeles Crest 100-Mile Endurance Run would take place in late summer in the rugged San Gabriel Mountains near Wrightwood, California. (Back then, there were six total 100-milers in North America; now? … 110 plus!) After surviving a rigorous training regimen that topped out at 200 miles per week, a budding ultrarunner Jim O’Brien, then 36, would set a course record of 17:35:48.