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GB's Marc Middleton Comes Off 40-Year Layoff to Take Bronze at USA Masters Track and Field Championships

Posted March 21, 2012, 1:59 pm in Track & Field

The Growing Bolder Founder and CEO also holds national championships and world records in Masters Swimming

Just months after winning two individual national championships in U.S. Masters Swimming and setting three world records with his BluFrog swimming teammates, Marc Middleton has placed third in the 2012 USA Masters Indoor Track and Field Championships in Bloomington, Indiana, in the 60-meter hurdles.

Competing in the men's 60-64 age group, Middleton (right, below) finished behind Thaddeus Wilson (center), the world record holder and defending world champion in the 100-meter hurdles, and Jim Broun (left), a three-time world champion in the event.

Middleton only started training for the hurdles, one of sport’s most technical events, in the fall of 2011 after a 40-year layoff. He achieved his goal of making it to the podium in the National Championships within a year.

"My last track meet was in 1972, so I was more worried about tearing a hamstring than winning a medal," Middleton says. "I've followed Thaddeus and Jim online for more than a year and to actually compete in the finals against them was a thrill."

Middleton now turns his attention back to swimming for next month's U.S. Masters National Short Course Championships in Greensboro, North Carolina. He came off a 38-year layoff in swimming two years ago and had a successful 2011, posting the fastest time in the world in his age group in three events, winning two national titles, and setting three world relay records. (See the video of the world record swim below)

Middleton is the Founder and CEO of Growing Bolder, a national media group producing inspirational programming for television, radio and the Web. Growing Bolder programs highlight ordinary people living extraordinary lives by pursuing their passions with a belief that it’s never too late to chase your dreams.

In addition, Growing Bolder is currently producing two 60-minute TV specials: one to be hosted by three-time Olympic champion Rowdy Gaines called "Masters Sports: The Fountain of Youth," and the other to be hosted by cancer survivor and former TV news anchor Wendy Chioji called "Surviving and Thriving."

Middleton’s comeback and that of many others featured on Growing Bolder has inspired him to begin writing a book called The Art of the Comeback.

"The book will share the stories of men and women of all ages who have orchestrated successful comebacks from health crises, unemployment, battles with disease, failed relationships and more," says Middleton. "The keys to success are the same in every case. You have to be fearless, strategic, patient and dedicated. And mostly you have to believe."

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  • Posted 7:52pm April 21st, 2012

    Congratulations! Marc / The Joy Of Victory NEVER Gets Old !   and  The Memories Are Forever !   /  You and Bill did an interview with me in 2007 After The Dick Batchlor Run (along with two other outstanding Runners) on vol 13 / and A Big THANKS for all the hi-lites You've Given of me on The 'GB' TV Show / Now You Too Can Proudly Say  "Don't Use That Word "OLD' / We're LEGENDARY'- Ed Wilson        I've Recently Received a Life Time Achievement Award from the UNIV OF FL Track&Field Alumni ASSN on the 40th Anniv of My School Record Setting Marathon Run of 2 hrs 39 min at age 19 in 1972 / only after some recent research have i come to realize that time Was and STILL REMAINS / one of the fastest (1st time) Marathons (by a teen-ager) in Running History /   Congrats! Again Marc,  THE JOY OF VICTORY IS FOREVER!!

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