nuBound Podcast - Live with Jack Fultz

nuBound Podcast Episode 1 -- Live streamed on Saturday August 8, 2020. Join us for a conversation with Jack Fultz. Jack won the famous "Run for the Hoses" Boston Marathon in 1976 and qualified 3 times for the Olympic Trials. For the last 30 years he's been the advisor to the Dana Farber Marathon Challenge, which has raised over $100 million to support cancer research. Jack shares stories of his competitive days, tips on sports psychology, and lifelong fitness.



0:00 Intro – Origins in northwest Pennsylvania


6:40 “Nobody races any further than they absolutely have to.” – on how faster runners stay on the track and slower runners move up in distance


7:17 “The more challenging something appears to be physically, the more the limiting factor is mental.” – on ultra-marathoners and English Channel swimmers


12:03 “I just kept showing up. Juuuuuust kept showing up.” – on how Jack walked on and made the ASU Cross Country team


19:42 Enlistment in the Coast Guard to avoid the Vietnam era draft


22:20 While serving in Coast Guard, the active DC road racing circuit got jack noticed by Georgetown U runners. Ran his first marathon (and won it) on Washington’s Birthday in 1971


26:40 Georgetown gave Jack a full ride scholarship after his Coast Guard obligation was satisfied


27:53 In 1976, as a Georgetown senior, was looking to qualify again for the Olympic marathon trials (after qualifying in 1972)


31:22 “When things don’t go our way it doesn’t necessarily spell doom and gloom” – after failing to qualify at two earlier races, due to bad weather, Jack’s only option was to run the 1976 Boston Marathon


41:20 “Let the race work for me.” – Jack’s strategy to run a qualifying time despite a 96 degree temperature at the start line


44:10 “All my competitors … were now … my allies. The faster they ran, the faster I am likely to run.” – on the competitive mind set


45:05 “Too much focus on the outcome will contaminate your performance”


51:10 “I had been lollygagging.” – on hitting the halfway point in Wellesley and learning he was in 10th place, with plenty of gas in his tank


56:20 Taking the lead at mile 18


63:05 “I got to the finish line and stopped because the race was over.” – on how going out slowly, and pacing himself, left Jack with energy through the end


66:40 Dana Farber Marathon Charity


70:50 on the distinction between success and victory, in fitness and in life


76:40 “It may not add years to your life, but it will definitely add life to your years.” – how exercise enhances your quality of life