It’s been 20 years since John Richardson ran for Ocean City, but he’s still competing at an incredibly high level.
Richardson doubled the 800 and 1,600 at the 2003 Meet of Champions with a couple ridiculous performances – 1:51.62 and 4:09.20 – and was a frequent SEC medalist while competing collegiately for Kentucky.
Richardson went on to run a 3:59.35 mile in February of 2008 in Lexington, Ky., and remains one of just six South Jersey natives to break 4:00 in the mile (along with Brian Gallagher of Sterling, Mark Sivieri of St. Augustine, Brett Johnson of Ocean City, Rob Novak of Bordentown and Ford Palmer of Absegami).
But Richardson is taking on even more ambitious challenges these days.
Richardson and his family now live in Ponte Vedra, Fla. (where the Eagles stayed before the 2004 Super Bowl), where he’s a Realtor. In his spare time – and he needs a lot of it – he’s a triathlete and recently competed in the Ironman Florida, which is a qualifier for the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii, next fall.
Normally, this is where I would tell you how Richardson did at Ironman Florida and what his splits were for the 2.4-mile Gulf of Mexico swim, 112-mile bike ride and full marathon.
But Richardson tells the story better than anyone else. Click here to read Richardson’s own beautifully written and richly detailed account of his experiences on Nov. 5.
It’s a hell of a read!