The San Diego Marathon Clinic started in 1975 and was modeled after the Honolulu Marathon Clinic and the Tesquinada of the Tarahumaras.
It was founded by Tad Kostrubala, psychiatrist & author of the Joy of Running, and Ozzie Gontang, his first trained Running Therapist, and a group of about 30 runners and walkers. Over the years, the Marathon Clinic has trained tens of thousands of walkers, runners and marathoners to be better walkers and runners and hopefully world class humans through dialogues and conversations while walking or running long distances.
The idea being if you're going to be in this rat race that we often find ourselves in, then it would be best if one learned to run properly.
At it's peak in the late '70's, the Clinic numbered between a thousand and 1500 runners and walkers on a Sunday morning.
In 1984, the Marathon Clinic created (IAM), the International Association of Marathoners, with the Arctic Tern as the center of its logo: the longest distance traveler in the world. The Marathon Clinic in conjunction with IAM for several years had monthly breakfasts to give runners the opportunity to hear the stories from some of the world's best researchers along with their heroes of running and walking: George Sheehan; Steve Scott; John Howard; Bob Anderson of Stretching.
The Marathon Clinic and IAM sponsored a number of firsts. The first pursed race walk in San Diego. The first Thanksgiving weekend run and walk. The first 5K which had walkers start before the runners so they could experience having finish line goodies available and not the leftovers of the runners. The first Prenez Cinq (Take Five) Midnight Run in Balboa Park to commemorate the universality of mankind with all nature. Psyching Teams to assist marathoners along the last 6 miles of their 26.2 miles. Housed marathoners from the Potteries area of England; marathoners from Rotarua, New Zealand.
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