We ran at the area’s golf courses, throughout Brentwood and UCLA, at the Santa Monica beach.
On weekends, we ran through the canyons north of Sunset.
Beyond competing as a team, we were part of the region’s distance community.
We traveled throughout the region on weekends to compete in road races in Montebello, Pacific Palisades, Diamond Bar, Toms Peak and the Los Angeles Police Academy.
According to Gabe Grosz’s history of Fairfax track, the school lost every track meet between 19.
But all that changed in the fall of 1967 with the arrival of a new coach, John Kampmann.
Like other successful high school coaches, Kampmann brought a commitment and passion to the sport that was contagious.
Running was not done part-time or occasionally; it was a daily, year-round regimen.
We ran the Culver City Marathon in 19, and the Palos Verdes Marathon in 19.
We traveled in a van to San Diego to run the Mission Bay Marathon in January 1970.