Tom Longboat

Canadian Running - - THE HISTORY OF MARATHONING IN CANADA -

“One of the great­est, if not the great­est, marathoner of all time.” — ALF SHRUBB, ABOUT TOM LONGBOAT

“Ob­vi­ously it was a good record when he set it,” says Cool­saet, a two time Olympian. “2:10 is still a good time but it’s not as com­pet­i­tive as it was in 1975. ”

Be­fore Dray­ton ar­rived on the scene, there were sev­eral Cana­di­ans who could lay claim to be­ing the world’s best in their par­tic­u­lar eras. Tom Longboat, a res­i­dent of the Onondaga Six Na­tions Re­serve in Brant­ford, Ont. won the Bos­ton Marathon i n 1907 be­fore hun­dreds of thou­sands of spec­ta­tors. His ri­val of the day, the Bri­ton Alf Shrubb, called him “one of the great­est, if not the great­est, marathoner of all time.” The pair bat­tled both on the roads and in the multi-day pro­fes­sional in­door races at Madi­son Square Gar­den, which were im­mensely pop­u­lar. Two decades later the aptly named Johnny Miles left his home in Syd­ney Mines, N.S. to take on the top Amer­i­cans in Bos­ton. He won the event twice in 1926 and 1929. Among the van­quished in his first victory was Fin­land’s Oskar Sten­roos, the 192 4 Olympic cham­pion.

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