One would be hard pressed to find a more avid, even diehard runner than Bradford’s Dave Dunham.
Since he began running in 1978, Dunham has — despite more than 800 injuries over the years — piled up more than 124,000 miles, every one of which he has recorded, raced 1,281 times, run up mountains, raced in 12 countries, competed in a 100K, won a race for 35 straight years, set nearly 150 course records and run in every state in the country.
One of Dunham’s favorite races is the Mount Washington Road Race, which he has won three times, the first being in 1988 and the second, over Bob Hodge, in the closest finish in the history of the race.
He currently holds the single-age (35) and 35-39 age group record with his 1:00:37 run in 1999. He also holds the single-age (24) and 20-24 age group record with his 1:01:50 from 1988. He has the most top 5 finishes in the history of the race with 15.
Next month Dunham will be racing at Mt. Washington for the 35 time and will also, along with Derry’s Craig Fram, be inducted into the Mount Washington Hall of Fame.
In 2006 he published “Only One Hill – A history of the Mt. Washington road race” and is frequently referred to as the race historian.
We caught up with Dunham between training runs and races to go Around the Horn.
Can you remember why you started running?
“I had done well in the President’s Physical Fitness Test in the eighth grade, mainly on the running part, and the next year before Thanksgiving, I showed up at a race just to try it and finished fourth,” said Dunham. “After the race, the (Billerica) track coach came up to me and said, ‘See you Monday’ for track practice and I said OK.”
What do you remember most about running in high school?