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Marathon Running in History

Marathon Running: Boston Marathon - NYC Marathon - NYC Women's Marathon

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Events in Sport

  • 1896-03-22 Charilaos Vasilakos of Greece wins 1st modern marathon in 3:18 at the Panhellenic Games

Sports History

1896-04-10 Spyridon Louis of Greece wins inaugural Olympic marathon (2:58:50) in Athens; runs last lap accompanied by Constantine I

  • 1896-04-12 Stamasia Portrisi is 1st woman to win a marathon (5:30 in Athens)
  • 1900-07-19 Luxembourg born Michel Théato representing France wins Paris Olympics marathon in 2:59:45 ahead of another French athlete Émile Champion
  • 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 American Johnny Hayes wins London Olympic marathon in Games record 2:55:18.4 after Dorando Pietri of Italy disqualified for receiving assistance before the finish line
  • 1908-11-25 Dorando Pietri (It) beats Johnny Hayes (US) in Madison Square Garden marathon by 60 yds
  • 1909-01-01 American Robert Fowler runs then world record marathon (2:52:45.4) at Yonkers, NY
  • 1909-02-12 American James Clark runs world record marathon (2:46:52.6) in NYC
  • 1909-05-08 American Albert Raines runs world record marathon (2:46:04.6) in NYC
  • 1909-05-08 British runner Henry Barrett runs world record marathon (2:42:31) in the Polytechnic Marathon in London
  • 1909-08-31 Swedish runner Thure Johansson runs world record marathon (2:40:34.2) in Stockholm
  • 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 English runner Harry Green runs world record marathon 2:38:16.2 in the Polytechnic Marathon in London, England
  • 1923-03-31 First dance marathon in New York City; Alma Cummings sets record of 27 hours with 6 different partners
  • 1924-07-13 Albin Stenroos wins Olympic marathon (2:41:22.6)

World Record

1924-10-01 Finnish distance runner Paavo Nurmi runs world record 4 mile (19:15.4) & 5 mile (24:06.2)at Vilpuri, Russia

  • 1925-10-12 Albert Michelsen runs world record marathon (2:19:01.8)
  • 1926-10-03 English long distance runner Violet Piercy sets first recognised female marathon record in 3:40:22 on the Polytechnic Marathon course between Windsor and London
  • 1928-10-01 Finnish distance runner Paavo Nurmi runs 15k world record 46:49.6 and 10 miles 50:15.0 in Berlin, Germany
  • 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)
  • 1935-04-03 Yasuo Ikenada runs world record marathon (2:26:44)
  • 1935-11-03 Korean runner Sohn Kee-chung sets new men's marathon world record, 2:26:42 in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1936-08-09 Korean nationals representing Japan earn medals in the marathon at the Berlin Olympics; Sohn Kee-chung won gold and Nam Sung-yong bronze
  • 1937-12-27 German immigration officials with no explanation bar Juan Carlos Zabala (Arg), 1932 Olympic marathon champion, from entering Germany
  • 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 of Argentina wins dramatic marathon in 2:34:51.6 at the London Olympics
  • 1949-09-01 Finnish long distance runner Viljo Heino runs 10,000m world record 29:27.2 in Kouvola, Finland
  • 1950-02-11 Englishman Jack Holden wins Empire Games marathon in Auckland, New Zealand in 2:32:57; runs last 9 miles barefoot after his shoes fell apart during the race

World Record

1952-06-14 Jim Peters runs world record marathon (2:20:42.2)

  • 1952-08-27 Having already won 5,000m and 10,000m gold medals, Czech star Emil Zátopek claims rare Olympic treble taking out Helsinki Games marathon in OR 2:23:03.2
  • 1953-06-13 Jim Peters runs world record marathon (2:18:40.2)
  • 1953-10-04 British runner Jim Peters sets world marathon record 2:18:34.8 in the Turku Marathon in Finland
  • 1953-11-01 Czech long distance runner Emile Zatopek sets world 10,000m record 29:01.6 & 6 mile mark 28:08.4 in Stara Boleslav, Czech Republic
  • 1954-06-01 Czech distance runner Emile Zatopek breaks his own 10,000m world record, clocking 28:54.2 in Brussels, Belgium
  • 1954-06-21 Australian middle distance runner John Landy runs world record mile (3:58.0) and 1500m (3:41.8+) in Turku, Finland
  • 1954-06-26 Jim Peters runs marathon in 2:17:39.4
  • 1954-07-07 British runner Jim Peters, 17 minutes ahead of any rival, collapses on the final stadium lap of the Commonwealth Games marathon in Vancouver
  • 1954-08-25 Ivan Filin wins Berne marathon (2:25:26.6) (260m)
  • 1955-08-03 Belgian middle distance runner Roger Moens breaks Rudolph Harbig's long standing 800m world record (1:45.7) in Oslo, Norway
  • 1956-12-01 Algerian-born French long-distance runner Alain Mimoun wins the men's marathon in 2:25:00.0 at the Melbourne Olympics; first time runners follow painted line
  • 1958-08-24 Sergei Popov wins Stockholm marathon (2:15:17.0) (WR)
  • 1960-09-02 New Zealand middle distance runner Peter Snell claims first of 3 career Olympic gold medals when he wins the 800m in Rome
  • 1960-09-06 Australian middle distance runner Herb Elliott breaks his own world record in winning the 1,500m at the Rome Olympics in 3:35.6

World Record

1960-09-10 Abebe Bikila of Ethiopia runs WR 2:15:16.2 barefoot to take out the men's marathon at the Rome Olympics; Africa's first ever Olympic gold medal

  • 1962-02-25 Mike O'Hara completes record 97th marathon
  • 1962-09-16 Brian Kilby wins marathon: (2:23:18.8)
  • 1963-02-17 Japanese runner Toru Terasawa runs a world record marathon (2:15:15.8) at the Beppu Marathon on the island of Kyushu, Japan
  • 1963-06-15 American Leonard "Buddy" Edelen runs world record marathon (2:14:28) at Polytechnic Marathon (from Windsor to Chiswick, England)
  • 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)
  • 1964-08-16 Mildred Sampson of New Zealand runs female world marathon record 3:19:33 in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1964-10-14 Little known American distance runner Billy Mills scores major upset by winning the 10,000m at the Tokyo Olympics; beats Mohammed Gammoudi of Tunisia by 0.4s; only American to ever win the event
  • 1964-10-21 Abebe Bikila of Ethiopia runs a world record 2:12:11.2 to beat Briton Basil Heatley by more than 4 minutes and win the men's marathon at the Tokyo Olympics; first athlete to win Olympic marathon twice
  • 1965-06-12 Morio Shigematsu of Japan runs world record marathon (2:12:00) in the Polytechnic Marathon in London, England
  • 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 Australian Derek Clayton runs world marathon record 2:09:36.4 at the Fukuoka Marathon in Japan
  • 1968-10-20 Mamo Wolde wins 16th Olympic marathon (2:20:26.4)
  • 1969-01-02 Once influential daily sports newspaper, 'Soviet Sport' declares Czech super-star distance runner Emil Zatopek a "public enemy" after he supports democratic wing of the Communist Party at start of the Prague Spring
  • 1969-05-30 Australian Derek Clayton runs world record marathon (2:08:33.6) at Antwerp, Belgium; record disputed (short course)
  • 1969-06-25 American Pancho González (41) beats Puerto Rican Charlie Pasarell (25) in 5 hour and 12 minute, 112-game marathon at Wimbledon
  • 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)
  • 1970-09-13 New York City Marathon: inaugural event won by Gary Muhrcke in 2:31:38
  • 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)
  • 1971-09-19 New York City Marathon: inaugural women's race won by Beth Bonner in 2:55:22; 2nd men's race won by Norman Higgins in 2:22:54
  • 1972-09-10 American long distance runner Frank Shorter scores a famous win in the men's marathon in 2:12:19.8 at the Munich Olympics
  • 1972-10-01 New York City Marathon: men's event won by Sheldon Karlin in 2:27:52; Nina Kuscsik wins women's race in 3:08:41
  • 1973-09-30 New York City Marathon: American Nina Kuscsik retains her crown in 2:57:07; Tom Fleming wins men's race in 2:21:54
  • 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 England's Ian Thompson wins European Championship marathon in 2:13:18.8 in Rome, Italy
  • 1974-09-29 New York City Marathon: Norbert Sander wins men's race in 2:26:30; Katherine Switzer takes out women's event in 3:07:29
  • 1974-10-27 French runner Chantal Langlacé sets female world marathon record (2:46:24) in Neuf-Brisach, France
  • 1974-12-01 American Jacqueline Hansen runs female world record marathon 2:43:54.5 in Culver City, California
  • 1975-05-03 Christa Vahlensieck runs female world record marathon (2:40:15.8)
  • 1975-09-28 New York City Marathon: Tom Fleming claims men's title in 2:19:27; Kim Merritt wins women's event in 2:46:14
  • 1975-10-12 American Jacqueline Hansen runs women's world record marathon 2:38:19 in the Nike OTC Marathon, Eugene, Oregon
  • 1976-07-31 East German runner Waldemar Cierpinski beats American Frank Shorter by 50 seconds to win the Olympic Games marathon in 2:09:55 in Montreal
  • 1976-10-10 Greece's 98 year-old Dimitrion Yordanidis, is oldest man to compete in a marathon; he finishes in 7:33

New York City Marathon

1976-10-24 New York City Marathon: American Bill Rodgers wins his first title in 2:10:10; Miki Gorman takes out women's race in 2:39:11

  • 1977-05-01 French runner Chantal Langlacé sets female world marathon record (2:35:15.4) in Oyarzun, Spain
  • 1977-09-10 Christa Vahlensieck runs female world record marathon (2:34:47.5)
  • 1977-10-23 New York City Marathon: defending champion Bill Rodgers wins in 2:11:38; Miki Gorman retains women's title in 2:43:10
  • 1978-02-18 1st Iron Man Triathlon (swim, bike ride, marathon) held, Kona, Hawaii

New York City Marathon

1978-10-22 New York City Marathon: Grete Waitz of Norway wins in her race debut in world record 2:32:30; Bill Rodgers wins his third straight title in 2:12:12

  • 1978-10-22 Grete Weitz runs female world record marathon (2:32:29.8)
  • 1979-10-21 New York City Marathon: Bill Rodgers wins 4th straight men's title in 2:11:42; defending champion Grete Waitz of Norway takes out women's event in 2:27:33
  • 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 East German runner Waldemar Cierpinski wins his second consecutive Olympic Games marathon in 12:11:03 in Moscow
  • 1980-09-01 Terry Fox's Marathon of Hope ends in Thunder Bay, Ontario with Fox unable to continue because of illness

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1846-03-03 Desiderio FA Pietri, Italian baker/marathon runner Dorando's father
  • 1873-01-12 Spyridon Louis, Greek distance runner, soldier (winner first modern Olympics marathon 1896), born in Marousi, Greece (d. 1940)
  • 1876-01-11 Thomas Hicks, English athlete (Olympic gold marathon 1904), born in Birmingham, England (d. 1952)
  • 1878-03-22 Michel Théato, Luxembourgian athlete (Olympic gold representing France, marathon 1900), born in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg (d. 1923)
  • 1879-12-30 Harry Barrett, British athlete (WR marathon 2:42:31 1909), born in London, England (d. 1927)
  • 1885-10-16 Dorando di Desiderio Pietri, Italian marathoner (Olympic-DQ gold-1908)
  • 1886-07-15 Harry Green, English athlete (WR marathon 2:38:16.2 1913), born in Islington, Greater London, England (d. 1934)
  • 1887-06-04 Tom Longboat, Canadian athlete (Boston Marathon 1907 record time 2:24:24), born in Six Nations Reserve Brantford, Ontario (d. 1949)
  • 1889-12-09 Hannes Kolehmainen, Finnish long-distance runner (Olympic gold 1912), born in Kuopio, Finland (d. 1966)
  • 1891-01-23 Jüri Lossmann, Estonian athlete (Olympic silver marathon 1920), born in Kabala, Estonia (d. 1984)
  • 1891-02-04 Yuri Losmann, Estonia, marathon runner (Olympic-silver 1920)

Paavo Nurmi

1897-06-13 Paavo Nurmi, Finnish middle & long distance runner (9 Olympic gold 1920, 24, 28), born in Turku, Finland (d. 1973)

  • 1898-10-15 Boughera El Ouafi, Algerian athlete and marathoner (Olympic gold 1928), born in Ouled Djellal, Algeria (d. 1951)
  • 1907-03-13 Jack Holden, English long-distance runner (International Cross Country C'ship gold, individual 1933, 34, 35, 39; Empire Games marathon gold 1950), born in Bilston, England (d. 2004)
  • 1909-08-04 Glenn Cunningham, American middle distance runner (1930's), born in Atlanta, Kansas (d. 1988)
  • 1912-08-29 Sohn Kee-chung, Korean athlete and long-distance runner, born in Sinuiju, North Korea (d. 2002)

Jim Peters

1918-10-24 Jim Peters, English long-distance runner who was 1st to complete a marathon in under 2 hours 20 minutes, born in Hackney, London (d. 1999)

  • 1919-04-02 Delfo Cabrera, Argentine distance runner (Olympic gold marathon 1948), born in Armstrong, Argentina (d. 1981)
  • 1921-01-01 Alain Mimoun, Algerian/French distance runner (Olympic marathon gold 1956; 3 x silver 1948, 52), born in Telagh, Algeria (d. 2013)
  • 1922-09-19 Emil Zátopek, Czech distance runner (4 x Olympic gold 1948, 52), born in Kopřivnice, Czech Republic (d. 2000)
  • 1922-11-26 Étienne Gailly, Belgian long distance runner (famous Olympic bronze finish 1948), born in Beringen, Belgium (d. 1971)
  • 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)
  • 1930-04-26 Roger Moens, Belgian middle distance runner (800m world record 1955), born in Aalst, Belgium
  • 1931-03-06 Ed Whitlock, British-born runner, oldest person to run marathon under 4 hrs (at 85), born in London (d. 2017)
  • 1931-07-06 László Tábori, Hungarian middle/long distance runner (1,500m world record 1955), born in Košice, Slovakia (d. 2018)
  • 1932-06-12 Mamo Wolde, Ethiopian marathoner (Olympic gold 1968), born in Ada'a, Oromo, Ethiopia (d. 2002)
  • 1932-07-04 Aurèle Vandendriessche, Belgian marathon runner, born in Anzegem, Belgium

Abebe Bikila

1932-08-07 Abebe Bikila, Ethiopian distance athlete (Olympic gold marathon 1960 WR [barefoot], 64 WR; Africa's first WR breaking athlete in any sport), born in Jato, Ethiopia (d. 1973)

  • 1933-02-11 Mildred Sampson, New Zealand distance runner (world marathon record 3:19:33 1964), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1933-07-07 Murray Halberg, New Zealand middle-distance runner (Olympic gold 1960), born in Eketāhuna, New Zealand
  • 1936-08-08 Don Bowden, American middle distance runner (1st American to run sub 4 minute mile 1957, 3:58.7), born in San José, California
  • 1936-08-16 Anita Gillette, American actress (Quincy ME, Marathon, Moonstruck), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1938-12-17 Peter Snell, New Zealand athlete (Olympic gold 800m 1960, 64; 1,500m 1964), born in Opunake, New Zealand (d. 2019)
  • 1941-10-05 Ricardo Hoffmann, marathon swimmer (299 miles)
  • 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, American marathoner (Olympic gold/silver-72, 76), born in Munich, Germany
  • 1949-03-08 Charles Lismont, Belgian marathon runner (Olympic silver 1972)
  • 1950-08-03 Waldemar Cierpinski, East German runner (Olympic marathon gold 1976, 80), born in Neugattersleben, Germany
  • 1951-06-04 Charles Dickinson, American author (Waltz in Marathon), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1951-12-17 Tatyana Kazankina, USSR, middle distance runner (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1952-09-27 André Viger, French Canadian wheelchair marathoner (3 Paralympics gold medals), born in Windsor, Ontario (d. 2006)
  • 1953-04-10 David Moorcroft, British athlete (5,000m world record holder 1982-85), born in Coventry, England

Grete Waitz

1953-10-01 Grete Waitz, Norwegian long distance athlete (9 x NYC Marathon titles; World C'ship gold 1983; 5 x gold World Cross Country; WR x 4), born in Oslo, Norway (d. 2011)

  • 1955-01-06 Chantal Langlacé, French runner (women's marathon & 100k world records), born in Amiens, France
  • 1956-03-21 Ingrid Kristiansen, Norwegian long distance athlete (World C'ship gold 10,000m 1987; WR 5,000m, 10,000m, marathon; NYC 1989; Boston Marathon 1986, 89), born in Trondheim, Norway
  • 1956-06-04 John Treacy, Irish marathoner (Olympic silver 1984), born in Villierstown, County Waterford
  • 1957-05-16 Joan Benoit Samuelson, American long distance athlete (Olympic gold, marathon 1984; WR 1980, 82; Boston Marathon 1979, 83), born in Cape Elizabeth, Maine
  • 1958-06-29 Rosa Mota, Portuguese long distance runner (Olympic gold marathon 1988; World C'ship gold marathon 1987), born in Porto, Portugal
  • 1958-07-28 Terry Fox, Canadian one-legged distance runner (Marathon of Hope 1980), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 1981)
  • 1959-04-02 Gelindo Bordin, Italian athlete (Olympic gold marathon 1988), born in Vicenza, Italy
  • 1960-05-12 Lisa Martin, Australian marathoner (Olympic-silver 1988), born in Gawler, South Australia
  • 1960-07-01 Lynn Jennings, American long distance runner (world 5,000m record 1990), born in Princeton, New Jersey
  • 1961-08-19 Danuta Bartoszek, Canadian marathoner (Olympics 1996), born in Pyrzyce, Poland
  • 1961-10-06 Kathrin Dörre, East German marathoner (Olympic bronze 1988)
  • 1961-10-10 Henrik Jørgensen, Danish marathon runner, born in Copenhagen
  • 1961-12-30 Sue Malaxos, Australian marathoner (Olympics 1996)
  • 1962-05-23 Keith Brantley, Scott AFB Ill, marathoner (Olympics 1996)
  • 1962-09-26 Steve Moneghetti, Australian marathoner (Olympic 5th 1988, 92, 96), born in Ballarat, Australia
  • 1963-06-04 Carey Nelson, Canadian marathoner (Olympics 1996), born in Saskatchewan, Western Canada
  • 1963-07-20 Jenny Spangler, American marathoner (Olympics 1996), born in Monroe, Wisconsin
  • 1963-08-22 Tom Ansberry, American long-distance runner
  • 1963-09-26 Douglas Wakiihuri, Kenyan athlete (World marathon champion 1987, Olympic silver 1988), born in Mombasa, Kenya
  • 1964-07-19 Gina Procaccio, American long and middle distance runner, born in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania
  • 1964-10-29 May Allison, Canadian marathoner (Olympics 1996), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1965-08-10 Carolyn Schuwalow, Australian distance runner (Olympics 1996)
  • 1965-09-07 Uta Pippig, German long distance runner, born in Leipzig, Germany
  • 1965-11-24 Nyla Jane Carroll, New Plymouth NZ, 5k/10k/marathoner (Olympics 1996)
  • 1966-02-03 Sean Patrick Wade, NZ marathoner (Olympics 1996), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1966-05-16 Sean Quilty, Australian marathoner (Olympics 1996)
  • 1966-06-18 Bob Kempainen, American marathoner (Olympics 1996), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1966-10-05 Peter Fonseca, Canadian politician and marathon runner (Toronto, Houston Marathon 1995), born in Lisbon, Portugal
  • 1966-12-05 Bruce Deacon, Canadian marathoner (Olympics 1996), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1967-05-14 Shaun Creighton, Australian distance runner (Olympics 1996)
  • 1969-01-15 Rod de Highden, Australian 5k/10k/marathoner (Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1969-03-07 Anne Marie Lauck, American marathoner (Olympics 10th 1996), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1969-06-17 Paul Tergat, Kenyan long distance runner, born in Riwo, Baringo District, Kenya
  • 1969-12-02 Pavel Loskutov, Estonian long distance athlete (Frankfurt Marathon 1999, 2001; JoongAng Seoul Marathon 2003-04), born in Valka, Latvia
  • 1970-03-07 James 'Jim' Spivey, American middle-distance runner, born in Schiller Park, Illinois
  • 1972-01-16 Salah Hissou, Moroccan long-distance runner, born in Morocco
  • 1972-12-12 Wilson Kipketer, Kenyan-born Danish middle-distance runner, born in Kapchemoiywo, Nandi County, Kenya
  • 1973-01-19 Wang Junxia, Chinese long distance runner, born in Jiaohe, Jilin
  • 1973-12-17 Paula Radcliffe, English long-distance runner (marathon world record holder), born in Davenham, England
  • 1977-05-25 Giel Beelen, Dutch radio DJ (a Guinness World Record for the longest radio DJ marathon ever, lasting 198 hours of non-stop broadcasting), born in Haarlem, Netherlands
  • 1978-04-22 Paul Malakwen Kosgei, Kenyan long-distance and marathon runner, born in Marakwet, Kenya
  • 1978-04-23 Gezahegne Abera, Ethiopian distance runner (Olympic gold marathon 2000, World C'ship gold 2001), born in Etya, Ethiopia
  • 1978-09-26 Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot, Kenyan long-distance runner, born in Kapsabet, Kenya
  • 1979-01-25 Gabe Jennings, American distance runner, born in California
  • 1980-07-24 Wilfred Bungei, Kenyan middle-distance runner
  • 1980-12-01 Mubarak Hassan Shami, Qatari athlete (Vienna 2005, Prague 2006, Paris 2007 marathons), born in Baringo, Kenya
  • 1981-05-27 Fivos Constantinou, Cypriot distance runner
  • 1983-03-23 Mo Farah [Hussein Abdi Kahin], Somalian-born British distance runner (4 Olympic Golds), born in Somalia

Eliud Kipchoge

1984-11-05 Eliud Kipchoge, Kenyan distance runner (Olympic gold marathon 2016; first under 2:00), born in Kapsisiywa, Kenya

  • 1984-12-05 Chris Solinsky, American distance runner, born in Stevens Point, Wisconsin
  • 1994-02-20 Brigid Kosgei, Kenyan athlete (marathon world record 2019; Chicago Marathon 2018-9, London Marathon 2019), born in Kenya
  • 1996-09-12 Joshua Cheptegei, Ugandan long-distance runner (5,000m WR 12:35.35; World C'ship gold 10,000m 2019; World Cross Country gold 2019), born in Kapsewui, Uganda

Weddings in Sport

  • 1968-10-26 Czech 7-time Olympic champion gymnast Věra Čáslavská (26) weds middle distance runner Josef Odložil (29) at the Mexico City Cathedral, Mexico City

Deaths in Sport

Pheidippides

0490-09-02 BC Pheidippides, Greek hero and inspiration for the modern marathon after he ran from Marathon to Athens to announce Greek victory in the battle of Marathon, dies at around 40 [1]

  • 1912-07-15 Francisco Lazaro, Portuguese marathon runner (Olympics), dies at 21
  • 1914-09-29 Jean Bouin, French middle distance runner (Olympic silver 1912), dies fighting in WWI at 25
  • 1923-04-02 Michel Théato, Luxembourgian athlete (Olympic gold representing France, marathon 1900), dies at 45
  • 1927-12-18 Harry Barrett, British athlete (WR marathon 2:42:31 1909), dies at 47
  • 1934-03-12 Harry Green, English athlete (WR marathon 2:38:16.2 1913), dies from pneumonia at 37
  • 1940-03-26 Spyridon Louis, Greek distance runner (winner first modern Olympics marathon 1896), dies at 67
  • 1942-02-07 Dorando di Desiderio Pietri, marathoner (Olympic gold 1908), dies at 56
  • 1943-03-09 Oskar Hêks, Czech marathon runner/antifascist, dies in Auschwitz
  • 1949-01-09 Tom Longboat, Canadian athlete (Boston Marathon 1907 record time 2:24:24), dies at 61
  • 1952-01-28 Thomas Hicks, English athlete (Olympic gold marathon 1904), dies at 76
  • 1959-10-18 Boughera El Ouafi, Algerian athlete and marathoner (Olympic gold 1928), shot to death in a cafe at 61
  • 1966-01-11 Hannes Kolehmainen, Finnish long-distance runner (Olympic gold 1912), dies at 76
  • 1968-01-09 Kokichi Tsuburaya, Japanese marathoner (Olympic bronze 1964), commits suicide
  • 1969-02-09 Manuel Plaza Reyes, Chilean marathoner (Olympic gold 1928), dies at 68
  • 1971-11-03 Étienne Gailly, Belgian long distance runner (famous Olympic bronze finish 1948), dies at 48

Paavo Nurmi

1973-10-02 Paavo Nurmi, Finnish middle & long distance runner (9 Olympic gold 1920, 24, 28), dies of Atherosclerosis at 76

Abebe Bikila

1973-10-25 Abebe Bikila, Ethiopian distance athlete (Olympic gold marathon 1960 WR [barefoot], 64 WR; Africa's first WR breaking athlete in any sport), dies of a brain haemorrhage at 41

  • 1975-08-17 Vladimir Kutz, Russian distance runner (Olympic gold 1956) dies at 48
  • 1981-04-02 Delfo Cabrera, Argentine distance runner (Olympic gold marathon 1948), dies in a car accident at 62
  • 1981-06-28 Terry Fox, Canadian one-legged distance runner (Marathon of Hope 1980), dies of cancer at 22
  • 1984-05-01 Jüri Lossmann, Estonian athlete (Olympic silver marathon 1920), dies at 93
  • 1988-03-10 Glenn Cunningham, American middle distance runner (1930's), dies at 78
  • 1990-10-04 Avis Bunnage, British actress (Rising Damp, Coronation Street), dies at 67
  • 1993-11-01 George Sheehan, American doctor, athlete and author ("Running & Being: The Total Experience," NY Times best seller), 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

Jim Peters

1999-01-09 Jim Peters, English long-distance runner who was 1st to complete a marathon in under 2 hours 20 minutes, dies at 80

  • 2000-11-22 Emil Zátopek, Czech distance runner (4 x Olympic gold 1948, 52), dies of a stroke at 78
  • 2002-05-26 Mamo Wolde, Ethiopian marathoner (Olympic gold 1968), dies at 69
  • 2002-11-15 Sohn Kee-chung, Korean athlete and long-distance runner, dies at 90
  • 2004-03-07 Jack Holden, English long-distance runner (International Cross Country C'ship gold, individual 1933, 34, 35, 39; Empire Games marathon gold 1950), dies at 96
  • 2006-10-01 André Viger, French Canadian wheelchair marathoner (3 Paralympics gold medals), dies from cancer at 54
  • 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

Grete Waitz

2011-04-19 Grete Waitz, Norwegian long distance athlete (9 x NYC Marathon titles; World C'ship gold 1983; 5 x gold World Cross Country; WR x 4), dies of cancer at 57

  • 2013-06-27 Alain Mimoun, Algerian/French distance runner (Olympic marathon gold 1956; 3 x silver 1948, 52), dies at 92
  • 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
  • 2018-05-23 László Tábori, Hungarian middle/long distance runner (1,500m world record 1955), dies at 86

Famous Runners