In The Long Run
by Bob Schul
with Laura Rentz Krause

The autobiography of the 1964 U.S. 5000-meter Olympic Gold Medalist
Tokyo, Japan

To order a copy contact Bob Schul at

Training Theory
The 5Rivers training is based on the interval training developed by Bob Schul. Bob Schul won the 5000-meter run in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics ahead of Germany's Harald Norpoth, American Bill Dellinger, and France's Michel Jazy; he is the only American gold medalist at the distance. Schul once held the American 5000 record of 13:38.0 and the world 2-mile record of 8:26.4. 

When Schul began coaching he refined what he had learned from his coach the Hungarian Mihaly Igloi and used those methods to coach the Bob Schul Racing Team. 

Video of the 1964 Olympic 5,000 Meter Final

On this video clip you will see the final three laps of the race, perhaps the most exciting finish in American distance running history.

History was made with the running of the 5000m Final at the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games. The field was packed with gold medalists and world record holders including Ron Clarke of Australia, Kip Keino of Kenya and Michel Jazy of France. The US was represented by Bill Dellinger and Bob Schul.

About the Coach

Dale Fox
5Rivers Running
Team (2007 to Present)

Trained and raced
with the Bob Schul
Racing Team from
1985 to 2002.

Founder/Coach of
the Emerald Coast
Racing Team,
Pensacola, Florida

Successful Masters’ and
Grandmasters’ racing
career at distances from
1500-meters to the

Inducted into the Dayton
Distance Running Hall of
Fame in 2011.
Weekly Training
We are currently training on our home track at Fairborn High School. We will train at this location until fall and then return to Kettering Rec and Oakwood High School for the fall and winter months.

Training sessions are on Monday and Wednesday evenings, with the warm up beginning at 5:30 pm and the interval session beginning at 6:00 pm. 

Winter training will be held depending on the outside conditions. Any cancellation of a training session will be posted on the team website and also relayed to team members via email.

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