Blessed with a keen and curious mind, an adventurous nature and a preternatural level of endurance, Dale Ruth has spent a lifetime exploring — and often exceeding — the boundaries of what conventional wisdom previously thought possible.
He’s done so professionally, as a research and development scientist, first for NASA as part of the Apollo program, and subsequently for the CIA during the Cold War, in the development of surveillance-satellite technology.
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Dedicated and disciplined
Dale Ruth’s training schedule:
- Monday through Friday: Run 6 miles at dawn; swim for an hour twice a week (once in a pool; and an open-water group swim on Friday nights in the Intracoastal)
- Saturday: Run 17 miles
- Sunday: Bike 30 to 50 miles
And his daily, vegan ‘calorie-restricted’ diet (1,800 calories, no variations):
- Breakfast: Grape juice, Fiber One cereal with soymilk, oatmeal with strawberries and blueberries
- Lunch: Lima beans, soybeans, peas
- Dinner: Brocoli, kidney beans, blueberries, tomatoes
Dale Ruth’s notable accomplishments
- When working for NASA from 1967 to 1972, was heavily involved in the Apollo program as one of the scientists who helped create the Lunar Rover vehicle
- Spent a quarter-century (early 1970s to mid-1990s) with the CIA ; was one of the pioneers in creating surveillance satellites during the Cold War and eventually rose to the civilian equivalent of three-star general
- Was world-class level tournament chess player, including one game (a rare loss) against famed champion Bobby Fischer
- Has never missed a day of training in 25 years, including doing so through hurricanes, snow, illness and other obstacles