Two hours, 18 minutes, 57 3-5 seconds!
Frank Zuna, representing the Paulist A.C. of New York, yesterday afternoon set up those figures as a record for the future undoubtedly will look up to those figures, as did the premier runners of the world look for eight long years at the old mark, for in the biting east wind of yesterday afternoon, the Newark long-distance running star wiped out the seemingly insurmountable record of Mike Ryan, 2h 21m 18 1-5s, made in 1912.
So well did he (Zuna) run the hills, moving with an easy, graceful stride uphill and down, that at Lake st he was only 16 seconds behind the record figures, and Zuna seemed to become possessed with a new lease of life. The record was within his grasp, if his strength would last.
Never faltering for nourishment, disdaining the cooling application of a water-soaked sponge on his tilted head and neck, he set his every muscle for the final rush. Mellor was 200 yards in his wake as he dipped over the brow of the hill abreast of Boston College at Hammond st, and the gap had been widened when the leader flashed past Lake st. He bent his body slightly at the waist as he tackled the almost imperceptible incline between Lake st and Chestnut Hill av. But he never slackened his pace.
But there still remained plenty of opportunity and plenty of distance in which to meet defeat. Mellor, tired but unbeaten, was only 33 seconds behind at Coolidge Corner, and he was yet swinging along with that ground-devouring, shuffling stride that had landed him a winner by eight seconds over the same Zuna at Detroit 17 days earlier.
To "Dick" Reinston, driver of the White automobile which was used for the 17th consecutive year is covering the race, the Globe is indebted for the dispatch with which the reporter was whisked from one checking point to another. Reinston's was the most expert exemplification of the driver's art within the writer's experience in reporting Marathon races.