Johnny Hayes

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Birthday
10, 1886
Birthplace
New York
Death Date
Aug 25, 1965 (79)
Birth Sign
Aries
Birthday
10, 1886
Birthplace
New York
Death Date
Aug 25, 1965 (79)

About

American marathon runner whose victory at the 1908 Olympic Marathon helped to spread the popularity of long-distance running in the United States. He was also the first man to win a marathon at the now-official distance of 26 miles and 385 yards.

Before Fame

He was an assistant manager at the sporting goods department of Bloomingdale Brothers in 1905. He first gained attention running when he finished fifth at the 1906 Boston Marathon.

Trivia

After his win in the marathon at the 1908 Olympic Games, no American man would win the event until Frank Shorter in 1972.

Family Life

He was born in into a family of Irish emigrants.

Associated With

He and Kenya's Samuel Wanjiru are both winners of the Olympic Marathon.