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This Day in Observe & Area Historical past, February 22, 2024, James Saunders, Browning Ross, Mary Slaney, by Walt Murphy’s Information and Outcomes Service

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This Day in Observe & Area–February 22

1882 – With 120 miles, James Saunders wins NYC’s 24-hour race & $100 prize


1911—The 4th version of the Millrose Video games was held in entrance of 5,000 spectators on the Thirteenth Regiment Armory in Brooklyn,NY (on a Wednesday).

The NYAC’s Harry Gissing was the winner of the 1000-yards, the featured observe occasion, in 2:18.8.

The ten-mile handicap race, a crowd favourite, was gained by T.E. Nelson in 1:04:39.4 (with a 2-minute handicap. The race began in Bathtub Seaside, with the final 2-miles going down on the observe.

The meet, which included a 5-mile bicycle race, was placed on by the Millrose A.A., along side the Wanamaker retailer chain.

Gissing was one in every of many athletes who had been featured in a buying and selling card sequence that was revealed by the Nationwide Licorice Firm.

1916–Binga Dismond runs 51.0 and upsets Ted Meredith within the 440y on the Video games of St.Antony, which had been held on the forty seventh Regiment Armory in Brooklyn,NY. Dismond went on to turn out to be a famous doctor in Harlem.


1958—Browning Ross, the “Father of Lengthy Distance Working within the U.S.”, organized a gathering on the Paramount Resort in New York whereby the Highway Runners Membership of America (RRCA) was began. (From Gary Corbitt). past/

Wiki Bio

NY Instances Obituary activities/browning-ross-74-founder-of-road-runners.html


1959—Ted Corbitt (2:38:57), representing the New York Pioneer Membership, wins the Cherry Tree Marathon, the precursor to the NY Metropolis Marathon. This was the primary marathon the newly fashioned Highway Runners Membership: New York Affiliation carried out. The race had 12 starters and 6 finishers. Corbitt can be the membership’s first President, with Vice President Joe Kleinerman (Millrose AA) and Secretary–Treasurer: John Sterner (New York Pioneer Membership). The membership had 47 members in 1959, and immediately is over 60,000. Corbitt would turn out to be often called “The Father of Ultramarathon working” within the U.S. and took the lead in creating a system throughout the nation that certifies {that a} highway race course has been precisely measured.

The race began and completed in Macombs Dam Park close to Yankee Stadium, working north up Sedgwick Avenue alongside the Harlem River and looping again once more thrice.

Corbitt’s Profession Stats (Marathons/Ultramarathons):

(From Gary Corbitt, Ted’s son)


1964–With prepster Gerry Lindgren setting a quick early tempo, Australia’s Ron Clarke went on to set a World Document of 13:18.4 for 3-miles on the U.S. Indoor Championships at Madison Sq. Backyard. NY working legend Pete McArdle completed 2nd in 13:32.8, whereas Lindgren set a Nationwide H.S. Document of 13.37.8 in third place.

The Feb 1964, Vol 17, no 1 of Observe & Area Information, the Bible of the Sport, that includes Gerry Lindgren and Ron Clarke

      As quoted in T&F Information, Nebraska freshman Charlie Greene, giving an early indication of his legendary showmanship, advised Bob Hayes earlier than the beginning of the 60-yard sprint, “You’ll need to run 5.9 to beat me”. Hayes did simply that, working the primary 5.9 in historical past. Greene ran 6.0 in 2nd to equal the earlier world file.

      Sports activities Illustrated Vault (Hayes Characteristic)

1969—Main from the gun, George Younger ran 8:27.2 for two miles in San Diego to equal the World Document that was set on the identical observe a yr earlier by Australia’s Kerry Pearce, who would run that point once more in Seattle in 1971. Younger additionally broke Jim Beatty’s American Document of 8:30.8, which was set in 1964.

1980—Mary Decker (Slaney) set a World Document of 1:59.7 for half of 1 mile on the Jack-in-the-Field meet in San Diego. Her time of 1:58.9 en route for 800 meters was an American Document.

Kenya’s Mike Boit gained the Males’s ½-mile in 1:47.9 to equal the World Document that was set by Australia’s Ralph Doubell in 1969.

One other World Document was set within the Males’s Lengthy Soar, with Larry Myricks reaching out to 27-6 (8.38).

No file within the Males’s Mile,  but it surely was nonetheless a high-quality affair, with Tanzania’s Filbert Bayi (3:55.5) profitable a detailed one over Eire’s Eamonn Coghlan (3:55.7), New Zealand’s John Walker (3:55.8), and Germany There’s

Mary Decker, 1980 Observe & Area Information Cowl, Might. Observe & Area Information is the Bible of the Sport!

Thomas Wessinghage (3:56.4), with American Steve Scott (3:59.3) ending 5th.

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