The heart of our sport is well-tended by lifers like 65-year-old Ed Bowes, whoever throwback design sets the tone for certainly one of running's best spectacles. Just never keep him waiting.
"You better purchase. We have to begin! " That is Ed Bowes, and Ed Bowes does cranky well. He is talking in a pure ny rasp to a half-dozen people he is brought together in the Riverdale Diner in the Bronx at 6:01 a.m. For a Saturday final fall--6:01 a.m. Because, well, Ed Bowes includes a fondness for oddball numbers. In a few hours he can be leading this team as it places on the biggest one-day high-school cross-country meet in the nation, in nearby Van Cortlandt Park. But now, their group, including spouse, Amelia, essentially ignores him. Bowes talks about their watch. He is getting jittery. His knees jiggle, since they constantly jiggle. He is a big-bellied guy in a baseball cap and windbreaker that is blue. He's their and gets more cranky. "you never consume. If you do not order, "