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It’s The 100th Anniversary of DeMar’s First Boston Win

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Apr. 12, 2011
  • Updated Apr. 12, 2011 at 11:16 AM UTC
Clarence DeMar won his first Boston Marathon 100 years ago. Photo: Boston.com

Clarence DeMar won his first Boston Marathon 100 years ago. Photo: Boston.com

He won the race a total of seven times.

After Clarence DeMar ran his first Boston Marathon in 1910, his doctor told him he had a weak heart and that he shouldn’t even walk up the stairs let alone run 26.2 miles. DeMar ignored the doctor.

That next year, he won the race.

Ironically, the doctor ended up dying of cardiac arrest, while DeMar went on to win a total of seven Boston titles.

“I’ve always insisted that the physician had been listening to his own heart, not mine,’’ DeMar liked to say.

The 100th anniversary of his first win will be commemorated this year. Besides these Boston titles, the Melrose, Mass. native had also won an Olympic bronze medal at the 1924 games.

DeMar was always running. He ran back and forth to work, completed marathons at the Brockton Fair, and took part in 44-mile runs from Providence to Boston on St.Patrick’s Day.

And besides running, DeMar had many other talents. He was a scoutmaster, reverend, family farmer, typesetter, and scholar.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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