Marathon Running in History

Marathon Running: Boston Marathon - NYC Marathon

Events in Sport

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  • 1896-03-10 Charilaos Vasilakos of Greece wins 1st modern marathon in 3:18 [OS]
  • 1896-03-22 Charilaos Vasilakos wins 1st marathon (3:18)
  • 1896-04-10 Spiridon Louis wins 1st Olympic marathon (2:58:50)
  • 1896-04-12 Stamasia Portrisi is 1st woman to win a marathon (5:30 in Athens)
  • 1900-07-19 Michel Théato wins 2nd olympics marathon (2:59:45.0-40,260k)
  • 1904-08-30 Thomas Hicks wins 3rd Olympics marathon (3:28:53.0) (40 km)
  • 1906-09-16 Kaarlo Nieminen wins 1st Finnish marathon
  • 1908-07-24 John Hayes wins 4th olympics marathon (2:55:18.4 world record)
  • 1908-11-25 Dorando Pietri (It) beats Johnny Hayes (US) in Madison Square Garden marathon by 60 yds
  • 1909-01-01 Robert Fowler runs then world record marathon (2:52:45.4)
  • 1909-02-12 Robert Fowler runs world record marathon (2:46:52.6)
  • 1909-05-08 Albert Raines runs world record marathon (2:46:04.6)
  • 1909-05-08 Frederick Barrett runs world record marathon (2:42:31)
  • 1909-08-31 Thure Johnstown wins Stockholm marathon (2:40:34.2)
  • 1912-07-14 Kenneth McArthur runs Olympic record marathon (2:36:54.8)
  • 1912-10-20 Hannes Kolehmainen runs world record marathon (2:29:39.2)
  • 1913-05-12 Harry Green runs world record marathon (2:38:16.2)
  • 1924-07-13 Albin Stenroos wins Olympic marathon (2:41:22.6)
  • 1925-10-12 Albert Michelsen runs world record marathon (2:19:01.8)
  • 1926-10-03 Violet Percy runs female record marathon (3:40:22)
  • 1929-06-16 Otto E Funk, 62, ends marathon walk (NY to SF, 4165 miles in 183 days)
  • 1934-09-09 Armas Toivonen becomes 1st European marathoner (2:52:29.0)
  • 1935-03-31 Fusahige Suzuki runs world record marathon (2:27:49)
  • 1935-04-03 Yasuo Ikenada runs world record marathon (2:26:44)
  • 1935-11-03 Kitei Son runs world record marathon (2:26:42)
  • 1937-12-27 German immigration officials with no explanation bar Juan Carlos Zabala (Arg), 1932 Olympic marathon champion, from entering Germany
  • 1938-09-04 Vainio Muinonen wins 2nd European marathoner (2:37:28.8)
  • 1942-09-06 Czech marathon runner Oskar Hêks transported to Auschwitz-Birkenau
  • 1946-08-22 Mikko Hietanen wins Oslo marathon (2:24:55)
  • 1947-04-19 Suh Yun Buck wins world record marathon (2:25:39)
  • 1948-08-07 Delfo Cabrera wins 11th Olympic marathon (2:34:51.6)
  • 1950-08-23 Jack Holden wins marathon (2:32:12)
  • 1952-06-14 Jim Peters runs world record marathon (2:20:42.2)
  • 1952-07-27 Emile Zatopek runs Olympic record marathon (2:23:03.2)
  • 1952-08-27 Emil Zatopek wins 12th olympics marathon (2:23:03.2)
  • 1953-06-13 Jim Peters runs world record marathon (2:18:40.2)
  • 1953-10-04 Jim Peters runs world record marathon (2:17:39.4)
  • 1954-06-26 Jim Peters runs marathon in 2:17:39.4
  • 1954-08-25 Ivan Filin wins Berne marathon (2:25:26.6) (260m)
  • 1956-12-01 Alain Mimoun wins 13th Olympics marathon (2:25:00.0)
  • 1958-08-24 Sergei Popov wins Stockholm marathon (2:15:17.0) (WR)
  • 1960-09-10 Abebe Bikila runs Olympic/World record marathon (2:15:16.2)
  • 1962-02-25 Mike O'Hara completes record 97th marathon
  • 1962-09-16 Brian Kilby wins marathon: (2:23:18.8)
  • 1963-02-17 Toru Terasawa runs world record marathon (2:15:15.8
  • 1963-06-15 Buddy Nobles runs world record marathon (2:14:28)
  • 1964-05-23 Dale Greig runs female marathon world record (3:27:45)
  • 1964-06-13 Basil Heatley runs world record marathon (2:13:55)
  • 1964-07-21 Mildred Simpson runs female world record marathon (3:19:33)
  • 1964-10-21 Abebe Bikila runs Olympic/World record marathon (2:12:11.2)
  • 1965-06-12 Morio Shigematsu runs world record marathon (2:12:00)

  • 1966-09-04 Jim Hogan wins Europe marathon (2:20:04.6)
  • 1967-05-06 Maureen Wilton runs female world record marathon (3:15:22)
  • 1967-09-16 Anni Pede runs female world record marathon (3:07:26)
  • 1967-12-03 Derek Clayton runs world record marathon (2:09:36.4)
  • 1968-10-20 Mamo Wolde wins 16th Olympic marathon (2:20:26.4)
  • 1969-05-30 Derek Clayton runs world record marathon (2:08:33.6) at Antwerp
  • 1969-06-25 Pancho Gonzalez beats Charles Pasarell in 112 game (5hr12m) marathon
  • 1969-06-30 Derek Clayton of Australia sets Marathon record at 2:08:34
  • 1969-09-21 Ron Hill wins European marathon (2:16:47.8)
  • 1970-02-28 Caroline Walker runs world female record marathon (3:02:53)
  • 1970-09-23 Gary Muhrcke wins 1st NY Marathon
  • 1971-05-09 Elizabeth Bonner runs female world record marathon (3:01:42)
  • 1971-08-15 Charles Lismont wins Helsinki marathon (2:13:09.0)
  • 1971-08-31 Adrienne Beames runs female world record marathon (2:46:30)
  • 1972-09-10 Frank Shorter wins 17th Olympic marathon (2:12:19.8)
  • 1974-02-10 Judy Ikenberry wins 1st Us women's marathon (2:55:17)
  • 1974-08-15 Longest team (6) trampoline bouncing marathon (1,248 hours or 52 days)
  • 1974-09-08 Ian Thompson wins marathon (2:13:18.8)
  • 1974-10-27 Chantal Langlace runs female world record marathon (2:46:24)
  • 1974-12-01 Jacqueline Hansen runs female world record marathon (2:43:54.5)
  • 1975-05-03 Christa Vahlensieck runs female world record marathon (2:40:15.8)
  • 1975-10-12 Jacqueline Hansen runs women's world record marathon (2:38:19)
  • 1976-07-31 Waldemar Cierpinski runs Olympic marathon (2:09:55.0)
  • 1976-08-31 Waldemar Cierpinski wins 18th Olympics Marathon (2:09:55.0)
  • 1976-10-10 Greece's 98 year-old Dimitrion Yordanidis, is oldest man to compete in a marathon; he finishes in 7:33
  • 1977-05-01 Chantal Langlace runs female world record marathon (2:35:15.4)
  • 1977-09-10 Christa Vahlensieck runs female world record marathon (2:34:47.5)
  • 1978-02-18 1st Iron Man Triathlon (swim, bike ride, marathon) held, Kona, Hawaii
  • 1978-09-03 Leonid Mossejev becomes European marathon champ (2:11:57.5)
  • 1978-10-22 Grete Weitz runs female world record marathon (2:32:29.8)
  • 1980-04-12 Terry Fox begins his "Marathon of Hope" at St. John's, Newfoundland
  • 1980-04-26 Gerard Nijboer runs Dutch record marathon (2:09:01)
  • 1980-08-01 Waldemar Cierpinski wins 19th olympics marathon (2:11:03
  • 1980-09-01 Terry Fox's Marathon of Hope ends in Thunder Bay, Ontario.
  • 1981-12-06 Rob de Castella of Australia sets Marathon record at 2:08:18
  • 1982-04-19 Rosie Ruiz, marathon race cheater, arrested for forgery
  • 1982-09-12 Gerard Nijboer (2:15:16) & Rosa Mota (2:36:04) win marathon
  • 1982-10-03 Scott Weiland runs Detroit marathon backwards in less than 5 hours
  • 1983-04-17 Grete Waltz runs female world record marathon (2:25:29)
  • 1983-08-07 Grete Waitz of Norway wins 1st all-women Marathon (Helsinki, Finland)
  • 1983-08-14 Robert de Castella wins Helsinki marathon (2:10:03)
  • 1984-04-18 Joan Benoit runs world record female marathon (2:22:43)
  • 1984-08-05 Joan Benoit (US) wins 1st Olympic marathon for women (2:24:52)
  • 1984-10-21 Steve Jones runs Chicago Marathon in world record 2:08:05
  • 1984-10-29 Orlando Pizzolato (2:14:53) & Greta Weitz (2:29:30) win NY Marathon
  • 1985-04-13 Katrin Dörre wins 1st female World Cup marathon (2:33:30)
  • 1985-04-14 Ahmed Salah wins 1st World Cup marathon (2:08:09)
  • 1985-04-20 Carlos Lopes runs world record marathon (2:07:12)
  • 1985-04-21 Ingrid Kristiansen wins London Marathon in a record 2:21:06

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1846-03-03 Desiderio FA Pietri, Italian baker/marathon runner Dorando's father
  • 1873-01-12 Spiridon Louis, Greek marathon runner (d. 1940)
  • 1875-01-07 Thomas Hicks, English/US marathon runner: (Olympic gold 1904)
  • 1885-10-16 Dorando di Desiderio Pietri, Italian marathoner (Olympic-DQ gold-1908)
  • 1887-06-04 Tom Longboat, marathon runner (d. 1949)
  • 1889-12-09 John P "Hannes" Kolehmainen, Finnish long-distance runner (Olympic gold 1912)
  • 1891-02-04 Yuri Losmann, Estonia, marathon runner (Olympic-silver 1920)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1897-06-13 Paavo Johannes Nurmi, Finnish middle and long distance runner (Olympic gold 1920/24/28), born in Turku, Finland (d. 1973)

Runner nicknamed the
Runner nicknamed the "Flying Finn"
Paavo Nurmi
  • 1909-08-04 Glenn Cunningham, American middle distance runner (1930's), born in Atlanta, Kansas (d. 1988)
  • 1914-08-20 Kitei Sohn, Korean marathon runner/coach (Olympic gold 1936)
  • 1922-09-19 Emil Zatopek, Czechoslavakia, 5K/10K/marathon (Olympic gold 1952)
  • 1928-03-04 Alan Sillitoe, English writer (Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner), born in Nottingham (d. 2010)
  • 1928-11-20 John Disley, Welsh athlete (co-founded London Marathon), born in Corris, Gwynedd (d. 2016)
  • 1931-03-06 Ed Whitlock, British-born runner, oldest person to run marathon under 4 hrs (at 85), born in London (d. 2017)
  • 1932-06-12 Mamo Wolde, Ethiopia, marathoner (Olympic gold 1968)
  • 1932-08-07 Abebe Bikila, Ethiopian marathon runner (Olympic gold 1960, 64)
  • 1936-08-16 Anita Gillette, Balt Md, actress (Quincy ME, Marathon, Moonstruck)
  • 1941-10-05 Ricardo Hoffmann, marathon swimmer (299 miles)
  • 1945-03-15 Tracy Smith, long-distance runner, born in Altadena, California)
  • 1947-02-18 Carlos A Lopes, Portuguese marathon runner (Olympic gold 1984)
  • 1947-09-09 Lynn Fitzgerald, marathoner (ran 133 miles 939 yards in 24 hrs)
  • 1947-10-31 Frank Shorter, US marathoner (Oly-gold/silver-72, 76), born in Munich. Germany
  • 1949-03-08 Charles Lismont, Belgian marathon runner (Olympic silver 1972)
  • 1950-08-03 Waldemar Cierpinski, German DR, marathoner (Olympic gold 1976, 80)
  • 1951-12-17 Tatyana Kazankina, USSR, middle distance runner (Olympics-gold-1976)
  • 1952-09-27 André Viger, French Canadian marathoner
  • 1956-03-21 Ingrid Kristiansen, Norwegian marathoner (Olympic-4th-1984, Bost-86, 89)
  • 1956-06-04 John Treacy, marathonr (Olympics-silver-1984)
  • 1957-05-16 Joan Benoit Samuelson, Cape Elizabeth ME, marathoner (Oly-gold-1984)
  • 1958-06-29 Rosa Mota, Portuguese marathon runner and 1st Portuguese sportswoman to win Olympic gold (1988 Seoul Olympics), born in Porto, Portugal
  • 1958-07-28 Terry Fox [Terrance Stanley], Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canadian one-legged marathoner (1980 Marathon of Hope)
  • 1959-04-02 Gelindo Bordin, Italian marathon runner (Olympic gold 1988)
  • 1960-05-12 Lisa Martin, Gawler, South Australia, Australian marathoner (Olympic-silver 1988)
  • 1961-05-07 Linda Somers, Bitburg Germany, US marathoner (Olympics-31st-96)
  • 1961-08-19 Danuta Bartoszek, Pyrzyce Poland, Canadian marathoner (Olympics-96)
  • 1961-10-06 Kathrin Dörre, East German marathoner (Olympic bronze 1988)
  • 1961-10-10 Henrik Jørgensen, Danish marathon runner
  • 1961-12-30 Sue Malaxos, Australian marathoner (Olympics-96)
  • 1962-05-23 Keith Brantley, Scott AFB Ill, marathoner (Olympics-96)
  • 1962-09-26 Steve Moneghetti, Australian marathoner (Olympics-5th-88, 92, 96)
  • 1963-06-04 Carey Nelson, Canadian marathoner (Olympics 1996), born in Saskatchewan, Western Canada
  • 1963-07-20 Jenny Spangler, Monroe Wisc, marathoner (Olympics-96)
  • 1963-08-22 Thomas Ansberry, American long-distance runner
  • 1963-09-26 Douglas Wakiihuri, Kenyan marathon runner (Olympic silver 1988)
  • 1964-10-29 May Allison, marathoner (Olympics-96), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1965-08-10 Carolyn Schuwalow, Australian distance runner (Olympics-96)
  • 1965-11-24 Nyla Jane Carroll, New Plymouth NZ, 5k/10k/marathoner (Olympics-96)
  • 1966-02-03 Sean Patrick Wade, NZ marathoner (Olympics-96), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1966-05-01 Mark Coogan, Manhaset NY, marathoner (Olympics-96)
  • 1966-05-16 Sean Quilty, Australian marathoner (Olympics-96)
  • 1966-06-18 Bob Kempainen, marathoner (Olympics-96), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1966-06-18 Robert Kempainen, marathoner (Oly-1996), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1966-10-05 Peter Fonseca, Lisbon Portugal, Canadian marathoner (Olympics-96)
  • 1966-12-03 Lisa Lightfoot, Australian middle distance runner (Olympics-96)
  • 1966-12-05 Bruce Deacon, Canadian marathoner (Olympics-96), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1967-05-02 Kerryn McCann, Australian marathoner (Olympics-96)
  • 1967-05-14 Shaun Creighton, Australian distance runner (Olympics-96)
  • 1969-01-15 Rod de Highden, Australian 5k/10k/marathoner (Olympics-96)
  • 1969-03-07 Anne Marie Lauck, marathoner (Olympics-10th-96), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1972-01-16 Salah Hissou, Moroccan long-distance runner
  • 1972-12-12 Wilson Kipketer, Danish middle-distance runner
  • 1973-01-19 Wang Junxia, Chinese long distance runner, born in Jiaohe, Jilin
  • 1978-09-26 Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot, Kenyan long-distance runner
  • 1979-01-25 Gabe Jennings, American distance runner
  • 1980-06-18 Craig Mottram, Australian middle distance runner
  • 1980-07-24 Wilfred Bungei, Kenyan middle-distance runner
  • 1981-05-27 Fivos Constantinou, Cypriot distance runner
  • 1983-03-23 Mo Farah [Mohamed Muktar Jama Farah], Somalian-born British distance runner (4 Olympic Golds, born in Mogadishu
  • 1984-12-05 Chris Solinsky, American distance runner
  • 1992-06-18 Bob Kempainen, marathoner (Olympics-66), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Deaths in Sport


Person of interestPerson of Interest

0490-09-02 BC Pheidippides, Greek hero and inspiration for the modern marathon

Hero of Athens Pheidippides
Hero of Athens
Pheidippides
  • 1912-07-15 Francisco Lazaro, Portuguese marathon runner (Olympics), dies at 21
  • 1914-09-29 Jean Bouin, French marathoner (Olympic silver 1912), dies in battle
  • 1940-03-26 Spiridon Louis, Greek runner, winner of the first modern Olympics marathon (b. 1873)
  • 1942-02-07 Dorando di Desiderio Pietri, marathoner (Oly-gold-1908), dies at 56
  • 1943-03-09 Oskar Hêks, Czech marathon runner/antifascist, dies in Auschwitz
  • 1959-10-19 Boughera El Quafi, marathoner (Olympic gold 1928), shot to death at 60
  • 1968-01-09 Kokichi Tsuburaya, Jap marathoner (Oly-bronze-1964), commits suicide
  • 1969-02-09 Manuel Plaza Reyes, Chilean marathoner (Oly-gold 1928), dies at 68
  • 1971-10-21 Etienne Gailly, Belgian marathoner (Oly-bronze-48), dies at 48
  • 1971-11-03 Etienne Gailly, Belgium marathoner (Oly-bron-48), dies in accident at 48
  • 1973-10-25 Abebe Bikila, Ethiopian marathon runner (Olympic-gold 1960, 64), dies at 41
  • 1975-08-17 Vladimir Kutz, Russian distance runner (Olympic gold 56) dies at 48
  • 1981-06-28 Terry Fox, Canadian one-legged marathoner, dies of cancer at 22
  • 1988-03-10 Glenn Cunningham, American middle distance runner (1930's), dies at 78
  • 1990-10-04 Avis Bunnage, actor (Loneliness of Long Distance Runner), dies at 67
  • 1993-11-01 George Sheehan, cardiologist/marathoner, dies of prostate cancer at 74
  • 1994-08-15 Simon R Naoli, Tanzanian marathoner, dies in an accident at 28
  • 1994-10-09 Fred Lebow, US founder of New York Marathon, dies of cancer
  • 2006-10-01 André Viger, French Canadian wheelchair marathoner (b. 1952)
  • 2009-01-16 Joe Erskine, American boxer and long distance runner (b. 1930)
  • 2010-11-14 Wes Santee, American middle distance runner, dies at 78
  • 2016-02-08 John Disley, Welsh athlete (co-founded London Marathon), dies at 87
  • 2017-03-13 Ed Whitlock, British-born runner, oldest person to run marathon under 4 hrs (at 85), dies at 86