Amby Burfoot ’68, arguably the greatest runner in Wesleyan cross country/track history, was inducted into the National Distance Running Hall of Fame in Utica on July 12th. Burfoot, who was one of three 2008 inductees, won the Boston Marathon his senior year at Wes–the first collegian ever to win the Marathon and the first American to win since 1957. In all, he finished the Beantown race 15 times.
Burfoot is currently executive editor of Runner’s World magazine; his most recent racing action came last Thanksgiving, when he finished first in the men’s 60-69 age group (289th overall) at the Manchester (Conn.) Road Race, an event he has won nine times.
In light of the recent running-related alumni news, methinks it’s time for some Pink Floyd…(lyrics begin around 2:27, for the uninformed).