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    What makes Tony Waldrop run? Ask him and he'll quickly tell you -- It's Fun.


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    Waldrop running warmups at California Relays (with Run for Fun shirt on -- same sequence as tease film)

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    Waldrop in dorm room, studying -- then walks out

    Cover with film of Waldrop running in woods with friend

    Waldrop and Coach Hilton in Office, look at newspaper

    Waldrop posing for still photoapher

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    Waldrop running and winning ACC Conference race

    California Relays film, Waldrop fourth

    NCAA film, Waldrop third

    Continue film of Waldrop dropping to ground after NCCA race

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    Waldrop and Coach Hilton discuss how he feels at track

    Waldrop running, working out

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    "I didn't like football at all. I didn't get any enjoyment out of it. I decided to quit and devote all of my time to track. I guess that was my excuse. Maybe the reason I did quit was because I couldn't do it or just didn't want to do it. And it was a pertty painful experience then. I had a lot of cutting remarks said about me, People that were once my friends said things that hurt at the time. At that time track was sort of a thing where I had to show people that I could perform as well as they did. But I think in the long run that all that's been forgotten. I think it turned out rather nice."

    "I really enjoy running. I enjoy going out running with my friends. I enjoy the idea of competing against myself, against doing better in every race. I think the biggest thing is it's a great opportunity to travel getting to see places I wouldn't get to go otherwise, getting to meet people, and getting to have new friendships and getting to see those guys time and time again. But like I said I just enjoy the sport, and that's probably the most important part to me."

    "It's nice in a way getting some recognition for myself, but more important I wish that my team itself could get more publicity. Sometimes when I'm really busy and I have to talk to some one it is a hassle at times but most of the time it's something that I don't mind doing and I think that it helps the University and helps track in general."

    "I was running against some very good runners when I did lose. Both of the ones I did lose were to Paul Cummings from Brigham Young who's an outstanding runner. He's a very nice guy besides that. I didn't feel quite as good as I had beforehand. No real excuses. Maybe I was a little tired. Maybe I just wasn't ready for those. But nothing any kind of excuse that I have other than I just got beat."

    "Definitely not turn professional. I plan to run a couple more years. I don't know what I'll be doing specifically next year. It's probably the only time in my life I can keep things uncertain and enjoy it, not have to worry about doing this or that. But I will be running as an amateur for two more years.* The question comes up about the Olympics. I'm not training with that in mind. It's not a goal I have to run in the Olympics. If they were held today I might not even run in the trials. But in two years a lot can change.* I don't know how things will turn out in the summer of '76, so that's something I'm leaving up too. But I'm planning to try coaching some in the next two or three years. I hope to do that. I've always thought I'd go to law school. I might do that. But right now I'm just uncertain other than I will be running a couple more years."

    "I go into each race not looking at a certain time, not after some sort of goal. I go in to do as well a s I can against the competition in the field. Used to be I never thought that you had to win to uh, thought you did as well as you possible could. Now there's a lot of pressure on me to win or something like win the race and still be satisfied."


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    Background: What makes Tony Waldrop run? Ask him and he'll quickly tell you -- It's Fun.

    That's his motto -- Run for Fun. He wears it splashed across the front of his track shirt.

    It all began back in high school in columbus, North Carolina, when Waldrop decided that trying to be a football hero was no fun.

    After high school, Waldrop went to the University of North Carolina on an academic scholarship -- not an athletic one. But he continued running as a member of the University track team. He said it helped him to relax between studies -- and it was still fun.

    Under the guidance of track coach Joe Hilton, Waldrop developed into a track and field superstar. During his last year of competition he won eleven consecutive races, and in each of them he ran the mile in less than four minutes.

    In one race he set the new world record for the indoor mile. And his best time outdoors -- three-minutes, 53.2 seconds -- was fast enough to start track and field experts talking about a new world's record -- maybe even a three-minute, 50 second mile, the goal of most milers today.

    Suddenly, Waldrop was the talk of the track and field set,
    Cameramen constantly asked him to pose Waldrop stoodstil for pictures. for it most although he felt he was of the time -- getting too much attention.

    Waldrop took the national attention and acclaim in stride for the most part, but inevitably the pressure began to build for one outstanding performance after another.

    When he ran in the Atlantic Coast Conference meet at Chapel Hill in May, he was suffering from a viral infection. Both he and his coach said later he should not have run, but he wanted to make a good showing for the fans at home.

    He did. He won the race and with another sub-fortunate mile -- his eleventh in a row. That was the last race Waldrop won.

    The next race he entered was he California Relays. He came in fourth, and well ever four minutes for the mile.

    Two weeks later, at the NCAA National Championships in Austin, Texas he came in third -- and again with a time over four minutes.

    Coach Hilton said Waldrop's poor showing was partly the result of his weakened condition caused by running when he was sick.

    Waldrop himself was reluctant to make excuses.

    Waldrop continued to work out, hoping to run in the AAU National Championships this weekend. But finally he decided he was still too weak and too tired to compete. It would be no fun to run that way, so he withdrew.

    What will he do -- now that he's graduated. Waldrop isn't sure, except that he wants to continue to run as an amateur. He said if he turned professional, and had to run for money, it would be too much like work and no fun.

    As for the three-minute-50-second mile, Waldrop says somebody is going to run it soon, but he's not setting that as his personal goal. To do that would take the fun out of running.

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