Patti and Warren Finke are co-directors of the Portland Marathon Clinic, a six month program of educational lectures and training runs leading to the Oregon Road Runners' Portland Marathon. Warren and Patti have been active in running clinics, seminars and publications since the late 1970s.
Patti, an exercise physiologist and corporate fitness consultant, has used running to overcome chronic asthma. She has run over 50 marathons winning one womens title, placing in the top three in several others and winning many age group awards. She is an active ultrarunner and has held U.S. age records at 50 kilometers and 50 miles.
Warren, a nationally ranked masters runner, has completed over 50 marathons winning three overall and eight masters titles. He placed third in the 1982 TAC US Masters Marathon Championship was second veteran in the 1992 Boston Marathon. He is best known however, as an ultramarathoner having completed more than 50 races between 50 kilometers and 100 miles, winning 20 of them. He has twice held the U.S. open track record for 100 kilometers.
Illustrations in this book were done by Clive Davies who at age 70 won the 1985 national age graded masters competition at the Twin Cities Marathon. Davies who began competing at age 57, has set over 30 world age group records and has a personal best of 2:42 in the marathon at age 65.