Pace the Nation – Dixon Hemphill

Dixon Hemphill races at the USATF Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships. Photo: Marleen van den Neste

Local masters runner Dixon Hemphill, who once owned the Fairfax Running Center and directed the Golbin Gallop, talks about running into his 90s and getting hit by a car when he was 74.

After our alternate universe intro, we set docs loose at (5:36) and find out whats grinding Docs’ gears part one of today, as docs vents about his car troubles.

At (17:19) we are joined by guest, 93-year-old runner Dixon Hemphill.  At (18:46) Dixon tells us about getting his start in running at the age of 50.

At (21:48) Dixon talks about getting hit by a car while training for a triathlon at the age of 74 and how it did not deter him from continuing to run.  At (24:54) we ask Dixon about some of his PRs.

At (26:10) Dixon talks about his transition from owning a couple of running stores to race management, specifically the Goblin Gallop. At (29:15) we talk about the transition from local road races to running on the national scene in the 90 year age groups.

At (32:55) Dixon talks about a typical week in his training program.  At (36:00) we ask about injuries and limitations that might come with running into his 90s.  At (39:09) we talk about whats coming up next with his racing.

At (44:00) Dixon talks about his time studying in Sweden and at (46:40) we talk about his time serving in the U.S. Navy.  We are back at (52:58) to wrap up the interview.

At (54:44) we add a topic to the agenda and talk about an upcoming box office flop with local running ties.  At (59:06) Joanna has a new favorite runner as she gushes over the latest Shelby Houlihan performance.

At (1:00:27) we talk about some possibly ridiculous Guinness Book of World Records running records.  We close out at (1:05:22) with another whats grinding Docs’ Gears with a track etiquette segment.

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