Running in History

Events in Sport

  • 1973-08-26 10-year-old Mary Boitano is 1st woman to win 6.8-mile Dipsea Race in Marin County, CA, beating a field of 1,500 runners
  • 1989-06-07 23 year old olympic barefoot South African runner Zola Budd retires

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 283

  • 1875-01-15 Tom Burke, American runner (d. 1929)
  • 1882-03-15 Jim Lightbody, American runner (d. 1953)
  • 1882-05-30 Wyndham Halswelle, Scottish runner (d. 1915)
  • 1884-04-12 Tenby Davies, Welsh half-mile world champion runner, born in Tenby, Pembrokeshire, Wales (d. 1932)
  • 1891-01-21 Francisco Lazaro, Portuguese runner
  • 1892-06-23 Able Kiviat, American runner (Olympic gold 1912)
  • 1892-11-14 James Meredith, 800m runner (Olympic gold 1912)
  • 1895-04-15 Harry F V Edward, British Guiana, 100m/200m runner (Olympic bronze 1920)
  • 1896-02-22 Edvin Wide, Swedish 10K runner (Olympic silver 1924)
  • 1897-03-15 Jackson Scholz, American runner (d. 1986)
  • 1898-02-15 Allen Woodring, American runner (d. 1982)
  • 1900-01-28 Anni Holdmann, German 100m runner (Olympic-1928)
  • 1901-06-25 Adolf Brunner, composer
  • 1902-01-16 Eric Liddell, Scottish 400m runner (Olympic gold 1924) and Christian missionary in China, born in Tianjin, China (d. 1945)
  • 1903-10-04 Ernst Kaltenbrunner, Austrian nazi (SS/SD)
  • 1903-10-08 Lina Radke, German 800m runner (Olympic gold 1928), born in Karlsruhe, Germany (d. 1983)
  • 1907-08-28 Phil Edwards, Canadian-Guyanese runner (Olympic bronze 1928, 32, 36), born in Georgetown, Guyana (d. 1971)
  • 1908-01-01 Kinue Hitoma, Japan, 800m runner (Olympic silver 1928)
  • 1908-12-26 Ralph Hill, American 5K runner (Olympic-1932)
  • 1910-01-07 Jack Lovelock, NZ/US surgeon/runner (Olympic gold 1936)
  • 1912-04-08 Alois Brunner, Austrian Nazi
  • 1913-05-24 Audrey Brown, England, 4 X 100m runner (Olympic silver 1936)
  • 1913-11-26 Foy Draper, American relay runner (Olympic gold 1936)
  • 1915-02-21 Godfrey Brown, British athlete, 4 X 400m runner (Olympic gold 1936), born in Bankura, India (d. 1995)
  • 1916-05-21 Tinus Osendarp, Dutch runner (d. 2002)
  • 1917-04-26 I. M. Pei, Chinese-American architect (1961 Brunner Prize), born in Guangzhou, China
  • 1917-07-06 Arthur Lydiard, New Zealand running coach (d. 2004)
  • 1918-02-03 Helen Stephens, Fulton Mo, American 100m runner (double Olympic gold-1936)
  • 1918-02-25 Henry Norwood Ewell, 4x100m runner (Olympic gold 1948), born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • 1920-03-25 Arthur Wint, Jamaican runner (d. 1992)
  • 1920-12-08 Emmanuel McDonald Bailey, Trinidad, 100m runner (Olympic bronze 1952)
  • 1922-07-10 Herb McKenley, Jamaica, 4 X 400m relay runner (Olympic gold 1952)
  • 1923-06-28 Lloyd Labeach, 100m/200m runner (Olympic bronze 1948), born in Panama City, Panama
  • 1923-07-08 Harrison Dillard, 100m runner (Olympic 4 gold-1948, 52), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1927-02-07 Vladimir Kuts, Russian runner (d. 1975)
  • 1927-04-24 Josy Barthel, Luxembourgish 1500m runner (Olympic gold 1952), born in Mamer, Luxembourg (d. 1992)
  • 1928-05-23 Nina Otkalenko, USSR, 800m runner (9 world records)
  • 1929-06-09 Keith A St H Gardner, Jamaica, 4x400m runner (Olympic bronze 1960)
  • 1930-02-08 Catherine Hardy, Carollton Ga, 4x100m runner (Olympic gold 1952)
  • 1930-04-26 Roger Moens, Belgian 800m runner (Olympic silver 1960)
  • 1930-06-17 James Gathers, Sumter SC, 200m runner (Olympic bronze 1952)
  • 1932-01-15 Dean Smith, US actor/relay runner (Olympic gold 1952)
  • 1932-01-15 Lou Jones, American 4X400m relay runner (Olympic gold 1956), born in New Rochelle, New York (d. 2006)
  • 1932-03-25 Wes Santee, American runner, born in Ashland, Kansasmiler (d. 2010)
  • 1932-04-10 Mae Faggs Starr, American athlete, 4x100m runner (Olympic gold 1952), born in Mays Landing, New Jersey (d. 2000)
  • 1932-06-17 Derek Ibbotson, 5K runner (Olympic bronze 1956)
  • 1933-07-07 Murray Halberg, New Zealand, 5K runner (Olympic gold 1960)
  • 1934-01-07 Charles Lamont Jenkins, American 400m runner (Olympic gold 1956), born in NYC, New York
  • 1934-03-21 Lister Carney, Bellaire Oh, 200m runner (Olympic silver 1960)
  • 1934-09-24 John Brunner, [Kilian Houston], UK, sci-fi author (100th Millennium)
  • 1934-10-28 Jim Beatty, track runner (1st sub 4 minute indoor mile)
  • 1934-11-26 Ludmila Shevtsova, USSR, 800m runner (Olympic gold 1960)
  • 1935-03-06 Ron Delany, Irish 1500m runner (Olympic gold 1956), born in Arklow, Republic of Ireland
  • 1937-02-21 Ron Clarke, Australian runner (set 17 world records) and mayor, born in Melbourne, Victoria (d. 2015)
  • 1938-02-25 Herb Elliott, Australia, 1500m runner (Olympic gold 1960)
  • 1938-06-30 William Mervin Mills, 10K runner (Olympic gold 1964), born in Pine Ridge, South Dakota
  • 1938-07-03 Shin Geum Dan, North Korea, 400m/800m runner (1962 world record)
  • 1938-07-15 Enrique Figuerola Camue, Cuba, 100m runner (Olympic silver 1964)
  • 1938-08-02 Brunhilde Hendrix, German FR, relay runner (Olympic silver 1960)
  • 1938-11-17 Peter Snell, New Zealand 800m/1500m runner (Olympic gold 1960, 64)
  • 1939-05-08 Otis Paul Drayton, Glen Cove NY, 4x100m runner (Olympic gold 1964)
  • 1940-01-17 H Kipchoge "Kip" Keino, Kenya, 1500m runner (Olympic gold 1968, 72)
  • 1940-06-23 Wilma Rudolph, St Bethlehem Tenn, runner (Olympic-3 gold-1960)
  • 1940-09-30 Harry Winston Jerome, Sask Canada, 100m runner (Olympic bronze 1964)
  • 1942-03-08 Ann Packer, Moulsford, Oxfordshire, British 400m/800m runner (Olympic gold 1964)
  • 1942-05-27 Kent Bede Bernard, Trinidad, 4X400 runner (Olympic bronze 1964)
  • 1942-12-20 Robert L Hayes, 100m/4x100m runner (Olympic 2 gold-1964), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1943-07-24 Lyudmila Bragina, USSR, 1500m runner (Olympic gold 1972)
  • 1944-03-21 Charles Edward Greene, Pine Bluff Ark, 4x100m runner (Olympic gold 1968)
  • 1944-05-15 Miruts Yifter 'Yifter the Shifter', Ethiopian runner (Olympic golds 1980), born in Adigrat (d. 2016)
  • 1944-07-06 Gunhild Hoffmeister, German FR, 800m/1500m runner (Olympic silver 1972)
  • 1945-08-29 Wyomia Tyus, Griffin Ga, 100m runner (Olympic gold 1964, 68)
  • 1945-10-09 Naftali Bon, Kapsabet Kenya, 4x400m runner (Olympic silver 1968)
  • 1945-11-29 Roger Bambuck, Guadeloupe, French 4X100 runner (Olympic bronze 1968)
  • 1945-12-23 Richard C Wohlhuter, 800m runner (Olympic bronze 1976)
  • 1946-04-07 Colette Besson, French runner (d. 2005)
  • 1946-05-25 Irnema Szewinski Kirszenstein, Polish 200m runner (1968 Olym Gold)
  • 1947-02-25 Lee Evans, Madera, California, American 400m runner (Olympic-2 gold-1968)
  • 1947-04-29 Jim Ryun, American 1500m runner/broke 4 minute mile (Olympic silver 1968)
  • 1947-06-12 Ron Freeman, American athlete, 4x400m runner (Olympic gold 1968), born in Elizabeth, New Jersey
  • 1947-07-28 Barbara Ann Ferrell Edmondson, Miss, 4x100m runner (Olympic gold 1968)
  • 1947-07-28 Miguelina Cobian, Cuban 4x100m runner (Olympic silver 1968), born in Santiago de Cuba
  • 1948-01-03 Manfred Kokot, East German runner (world record 50 m indoor)
  • 1948-01-11 Madeline Manning-Jackson-Mimms, US 800m runner (Olympic gold 1968)
  • 1948-04-24 Eddie James Hart, American 4x100m relay runner (Olympic gold 1972), born in Martinez, California
  • 1949-01-06 Michael Boit, Nandi Kenya, 800m runner (Olympic bronze 1972)
  • 1949-03-28 Ronnie Ray Smith, American athlete, 4 X 100m relay runner (Olympic gold 1968), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2013)
  • 1949-04-29 Eddie Hart, American 100m runner (Olympic-1972)
  • 1949-06-08 Hildegard Falck, German 800m runner (Olympic gold 1972), born in Nettelrede, Germany
  • 1949-07-22 Lasse Viren, Finland, 5K/10K runner (Olympic gold 1972, 76)
  • 1949-09-11 Marty Liquori, American runner (AAU 3 mile-1979 (13:14.7))
  • 1949-10-20 Wayne Collett, American 400m runner (Olympic silver 1972)
  • 1950-06-03 Marlene Elejarde, 4x100m runner (Olympic silver 1968), born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1950-07-29 Maricica Puica, Romania, 2K runner (world record)
  • 1950-08-07 David James Wottle, American 800m runner (Olympic gold 1972), born in Canton, Ohio
  • 1950-08-16 Hasely Crawford, Trinidad, 100m runner (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1950-09-12 Gustav Brunner, Austrian engineer
  • 1951-01-23 Margaret Johnson Bailes, 4X100 runner (Olympic gold 1968), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1951-01-25 Steve Prefontaine, American runner (5K 1972 Olympic 4th), born in Coos Bay, Oregon (d. 1975)
  • 1951-01-26 Jarmila Kratochvilova, Czech, 400m/800m runner (Olympic silver 1980)

Weddings in Sport

  • 1989-04-15 South African/British Olympic runner Zola Budd marries

Deaths in Sport

  • 1929-02-14 Tom Burke, American runner (b. 1875)
  • 1932-07-23 Tenby Davies, Welsh half-mile world champion runner, dies at 48
  • 1942-01-15 Melvin Winfield Sheppard, runner (Olympic gold 1908, 12), dies at 58
  • 1943-07-21 Charles William Paddock, 100m runner (Olympic gold 1920), dies at 42
  • 1945-02-21 Eric Liddell, Scottish 400m runner (Olympic gold 1924) and Christian missionary in China, dies of an inoperable brain tumor at 43 while interned at the Weihsien Internment Camp in Weifang, Shandong, China
  • 1946-10-16 Ernst Kaltenbrunner, Austrian Nazi (SS), hanged
  • 1953-03-02 Jim Lightbody, American runner (b. 1882)
  • 1963-05-12 Bobby Kerr, Canadian runner (b. 1882)
  • 1963-12-02 Thomas J. Hicks, British-born runner (b. 1875)
  • 1966-01-11 Hannes Kolehmainen, Finnish runner (b. 1889)
  • 1975-05-30 Steve Prefontaine, American runner (5K 1972 Olympic 4th), dies in a car accident at 24
  • 1982-04-26 Ville Ritola, Finnish 5/10km runner (Olympic gold 1924, 28), dies
  • 1983-02-14 Lina Radke, German 800m runner (Olympic gold 1928), dies at 79
  • 1986-10-26 Jackson Scholz, American runner (b. 1897)
  • 1991-08-24 Abel Kivlat, US 1500m runner (Olympic silver 1912), dies at 99
  • 1991-11-12 Howard Brunner, dies of AIDS at 51
  • 1992-07-07 Josy Barthel, Luxembourgish 1500m runner (Olympic gold 1952), dies at 65
  • 1993-01-09 Alois Brunner, German/Syrian commandant of KZ-Lower Drancy, dies
  • 1993-06-13 Gérard Côté, Canadian runner (b. 1913)
  • 1994-01-17 Helen Stephens, American 100m runner and double Olympic champion, dies at 75
  • 1995-02-04 Godfrey Brown, British athlete, 4 X 400m runner (Olympic gold 1936), dies at 79
  • 1995-08-25 John Killan Houston Brunner, British sci-fi writer, dies at 60
  • 1999-05-18 Betty Robinson, American runner (b. 1911)
  • 2000-01-27 Mae Faggs Starr, American athlete, 4x100m runner (Olympic gold 1952), dies at 67
  • 2002-05-26 Mamo Wolde, Ethiopian marathoner (Olympic gold 1968), dies at 69
  • 2002-06-20 Tinus Osendarp, Dutch runner (b. 1916)
  • 2004-12-11 Arthur Lydiard, New Zealand running coach (b. 1917)
  • 2006-02-03 Lou Jones, American 4X400m relay runner (Olympic gold 1956), dies at 74
  • 2013-06-27 Alain Mimoun, French runner, dies at 92
  • 2015-06-17 Ron Clarke, Australian runner (set 17 world records) and mayor, dies at 78
  • 2016-12-22 Miruts Yifter 'Yifter the Shifter', Ethiopian runner (Olympic golds 1980), dies at 72