JOBIT: Muellers, Ted [MC1958] sunning streak since ’68


Long IslandSee how he runs: Rockville Centre man has had a 50-year streak

  • Ted Muellers has put his best foot forward in local race each year since 1968.
  • Ted Muellers running with his son, Brian Muellers,

Updated December 1, 2017 10:49 AM

Before the running boom, before everybody and his uncle seemed to be doing a marathon, before $200 running shoes and stores to sell them, before Frank Shorter and Dr. Ken Cooper, there was Ted Muellers.

It was Thanksgiving Day 1968, when the then-32-year-old Muellers lined up with a bunch of local high school students and ran a course of about 2 1⁄2 miles through the streets of Rockville Centre. Muellers, who had been a half-miler in high school in Queens and at Manhattan College, was one of three “old men” who ran along with the kids in that informal race.

Fifty years and two event incarnations later, Muellers, 81, is still running the lineal descendant of that original Turkey Trot. Since 1978, it’s been the Rockville Centre 10-kilometer (6.2 miles); a 5k (3.1 mile) event was later added to the program. The race is now held on the second Saturday in November — and Muellers has been there for every one of them. Counting the 10 years of the Thanksgiving Day version of the race (1968-1977), the 30 editions of the 10k he ran and the 5k that he has done as a concession to age for the past decade, and that adds up to 50 years.

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Muellers, Ted [MC????]

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Dear John,

                I believe that Theodore is member of the class of 1958.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Muellers, Ted [MC1958] 

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