In December of 1978, Dick entered the Community
Hospital for a hernia operation and received some shattering
news. It was cancer and Dick was given six months to
a year to live. Dick had worked out religiously since
quitting professional football, just to stay in shape. He
kept it up during six months of radiation therapy. But it
wasn't easy. Dick got so weak that at one point he found
he couldn't run a full lap. He'd try and collapse.
Good news followed. The disease began to subside and Molen
continued his exercise. Gradually his stamina returned. He
could complete a lap then two, then three. More X-rays and
tests were taken and the best of news. The doctors no longer
found a trace of cancer, they considered his recovery
The couple took a trip to Europe to "celebrate life." While
in Florence they viewed Michelangelo's statue of David. "It
was Awesome," remembers Dick. This inspirational sight
triggered in Dick the need to do more than recover. He
decided to run a marathon. Dick moved into high gear
with his running and by December of 1980 entered and
finished in his first 26-miler, the Las Vegas Marathon.
His time was 2 hours 59 minutes, excellent for his age and
second in his age category. It qualified Dick for the
Boston Marathon.-Dave Leonard-Monterey Herald,
The Beautiful City of Florence, Italy
where Michelangelo's famous statue of David can be seen.
Las Vegas Marathon
2nd in Age Group - Qualified him for the Boston Marathon -
Dave Leonard - Monterey Herald 1981
8th of 2,000 runners in age group - Jerry Stone - Your Health
Magazine - 1985
One of only 4 runners out of 27,000
to be featured in the Racer's Recordbook -1981
Exclusive Story seen
in Runner's World June 1985
As seen in Runner's
World April 1988 - Dr. Randy Eichner M.D.
not a doctor or a guru...But
I tell people who ask for advice to concentrate on three things.
Mental attitude is first. Changing your diet is second.
And the third is getting some kind of exercise"-Dick
Molen, June 1986,
worked out until I was so weak I couldn't lift a barbell. I
went to the track and ran until I fell
down. I got to the point where I would run 20 yards
and fall down. And, of course, I would cry."-Dick
Molen, October 1986, Cope