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Burfoot Returns to Run Boston on 45th Anniversary of 1968 Victory
Runner’s World Editor-at-Large the oldest returning champion in the 117th edition of Boston

Burfoot Returns to Run Boston on 45th Anniversary of 1968 Victory

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Posted Monday, 8 April, 2013

EMMAUS, Penn. - Runner’s World Editor-at-Large Amby Burfoot is winding down training for the 117th Boston Marathon on Monday, April 15, preparing to run in celebration of the 45th anniversary of his 1968 victory. The 66-year-old Burfoot intends to run with several family members while sporting bib number 1968. He is aiming for about a 4:30 finish time.

Burfoot was 21 when he won the race on April 19, 1968 (right), and over the last three decades has made a tradition of running Boston on every fifth anniversary of his triumph, with the addition of 1996, the 100th running of the great race. In 1968, Burfoot won the race in 2:22.17, becoming the first American in 11 years to win since Burfoot’s mentor and coach at the time John J. Kelley won in 1957.

Follow Burfoot’s training for the 2013 Boston Marathon on his Runner’s World Footloose blog here:

Burfoot is in his 35th year at Runner’s World, evolving from East Coast editor, to editor-in-chief to his current title as editor-at-large. A Connecticut native who was born on the same day and year as President Bill Clinton (August 19, 1946), Burfoot was a two-time NCAA Division I cross country All-American at Wesleyan University, where he roomed with fellow running legends Bill Rodgers and Jeff Galloway.

Among Burfoot’s proudest running accomplishments is his running of the annual Manchester (CT) Five-Mile Road Race on Thanksgiving Day for 50 consecutive years (1973-2012), winning the race nine times. Burfoot ran his personal best marathon, 2:14:29, at Fukuoka in December, 1968, missing the American record by one second.

The B.A.A. will honor Burfoot, along with fellow returning champions Joan Samuelson (1979, 1983) and Greg Meyer (1983) in recognition of the anniversaries of their Boston Marathon victories at its annual Champions’ Breakfast on Saturday, April 13, 2013. Also, Jacqueline Hansen (1973 champion) will serve as the honorary, official starter for the elite women’s field while former Boston champions and women’s running pioneers Roberta “Bobbi” Gibb (1966-68 champion) and Sara Mae Berman (1969-71 champion) will serve as the grand marshals.

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