First in a series of Daily News profiles of runners entered in the 29th annual 10-mile Blue Cross Broad Street Run on May 4.
Who: Don Flynn
Occupation: Adjunct English professor, Gwynedd-Mercy College; retired baseball coach at Philadelphia University.
Family: Wife Beth; daughter Beth Lester; son Michael. Beth and her husband, Dave, have also run Broad Street. Michael ran Monday's Boston Marathon for the 15th consecutive year (time: 3 hours, 15 minutes). Both Beths also have run Boston. Flynn: "My wife ran the 100th Boston Marathon. She got so tired of just going to races she decided to [train for] Boston."
Broad Street Run history: He has run "almost every year." Best time was about 1 hour, 15 minutes.
Running streak: He ran every day for 20 years. Then, in 2001, during a triathlon in New Jersey, he suffered a heart attack. "I don't remember anything about it. After the swimming, I was doing the biking when I went down. Fortunately, there was a police officer near me. He gave me CPR and defibbed me."
Training: He runs in mornings, bikes in afternoons, swims once a week.
Baseball background: Outstanding pitcher at North Catholic High and Temple; played 6 years of minor league baseball; served as Skip Wilson's assistant with the Temple baseball team for 20 years.
Favorite baseball memories: Spending spring trainings with Cincinnati's "Big Red Machine." "Pete Rose is one of the nicest human beings I've ever met. People see him as arrogant, but he talked to everybody and treated everybody the same, whether it was the president of the club or the clubhouse boy. Tony Perez and all of them were really nice people. The greatest thrill about pro ball was all the great friendships you make."
- Bill Fleischman
The Blue Cross Broad Street Run, conducted by the Philadelphia Department of Recreation, begins at 8:30 a.m. at Broad Street and Somerville Avenue. The finish line is in the Naval Business Center in South Philadelphia. Call 215-683-3594 or go online at www.broadstreetrun.com.