Phil Pierce

Phil Pierce: the longer the race the more competitive he is

Phil started running in 1983 age the age of 42 because he was overweight and could no longer comfortably get into his clothes. It was either buy a new wardrobe or exercise. He chose running which in retrospect was a good choice for him. He began running and walking between telephone poles on his street. After his first race in April, 1983, a two miler at the Togus VA, he had to see a knee specialist and the specialist told Phil to take the summer off and buy Anderson’s 1948 book titled STRETCHING.

Phil joined the Central Maine Striders and the Maine Track Club in 1983. After a couple of years running, Phil discovered that the longer the race, the more competitive he was. He ran his first marathon in 1984, his first 50 miler in 1985, and his first 100 miler endurance run in New York’s Shea Stadium in 1987. He won his first and only race in 2000 at age 59, the Maine Track Club 50 miler in Brunswick, Maine in 7:24:05 at an 8:52 pace.

Phil became very involved with the running community and was an officer in the Maine Track Club from 1985 through 1990; a race director from 1984 through 2004, and a member of the Maine Running Hall of Fame Board of Directors from 1994 through 2004. He was also a member of the Maine Sports Hall of Fame’s Board of Directors from 1991 through 2004, in an effort to get recognition for outstanding Maine runners, of which there were many.  He joined the New England 65 Plus Runners Club in 2006 and continues to be active, having been on the Board of Directors and Chair of the 65+ Runners Hal of Fame since that time.

Phil has run 25 one hundred mile races, one a year, and all but two being trail races. He has run four 100K road and trail races, thirty-three 50 mile races, and 60 marathons, 30 at Boston. He has now run for more than 32 years and enjoys the camaraderie and friendship of runners all over New England. He ran his first team race with the New England 65 Plus Club at the James Joyce Ramble 10K in April, 2013; his team winning the USATF national Championship 70-79 age group. He currently enjoys running in race “series”, and has participated in the New England PUB Series, The Winners Circle Speed Series, the Sub-5 Trade Wind Series, the Hockomock  Race Series, and the USATF New England Grand Prix Series.

Phil’s life consists of family, his work as a clinical psychologist and his experiences running; the three most important elements in his life. Phil wishes to acknowledge the undying love, support, and devotion of his wife Rae, whose love and support has made his life complete and quite successful.

Personal Records: Most WAVA 70 plus rating for his age group times:

100 Miles        22:55:21          100 K              10:12:00

50 Miles          06:43:46          Marathon         02:59:08

20 Miles          02:35:12          30K                 02:21:01

25K                 01:48:20          15 Miles          01:39:34

Half Marathon 01:29:40          10 Miles          01:04:00

10K                 38:38               5 Miles            30:42

4 Miles            24:02               5K                   18:11