Former Matador Jon Sutherland Closing in on Running Record

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - This week, former CSUN coach and record holder Jon Sutherland will attempt to set the record for longest continuous running streak in the United States.  

"On May 27th, if all goes well I will pass Mark Covert (former LA Valley College teammate) for the longest continuous running streak, 45 years without missing a day of running," said Sutherland. "I've run over 191,000 miles, the minimum for USRSA records is one mile each day. I've averaged 11.5 miles per day in 46 years of running, 30 of which I lived in Northridge. I grew up one block east of campus and have lived on all four sides of CSUN over the years."

Sutherland, who's running streak began May 26, 1969, competed for San Fernando Valley State College/Cal State Northridge from 1979-73 and still remains on the school's all-time track & field lists. He set the school record in the three-mile run on the old CSUN black track and still ranks among the top-10 in Matador history in both the two-mile run and the marathon forty-plus years later.

Sutherland graduated in 1978.

"I ran over 60,000 miles on the loop we ran back in the day (my nickname back then was 'The Lord of the Loop')," said Sutherland. "I coached at CSUN from 1978-1980 (had a couple of All-Americans) and helped build the track tradition when I was there. I was at the university in it's infancy and was one of the first runners to qualify for nationals and be nationally rated."


For the past eight years, Sutherland has been the cross-country coach at Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks.
"I love CSUN and have enjoyed the school start from two rows of bungalows to a world class university," added Sutherland.


The official 'Celebration' will be at the Victory Trail Head at Las Virgennes Open Space Preserve on Sunday June 1.


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