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Amby Burfoot

Editor At Large
Boston Marathon Winner, Veteran Running Journalist
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Meet Amby Burfoot!

Amby Burfoot stands as a titan in the running world.

Crowned the Boston Marathon champion in 1968, he became the first collegian to win this prestigious event and the first American to claim the title since John Kelley in 1957.

As well as a stellar racing career, Amby channeled his passion for running into journalism. He joined Runner’s World magazine in 1978, rising to the position of Editor-in-Chief and then serving as its Editor-at-Large.

As well as being the author of several books on running, he regularly contributes articles to major publications, and curates his weekly Run Long, Run Healthy Newsletter.      amby burfoot
 

Hey Amby, how long have you been running?

61 years out of my current age of 77.

What’s your marathon PR?

2:14:29

Favorite race:

I have two.

First, the Boston Marathon, which I won in 1968, and have finished 26 times.

Then the Manchester, Connecticut, Thanksgiving Day 5-Mile, which I have finished 60 years in a row. 

Amby Boston Finish 68
Amby winning the Boston marathon in 1968

Your bucket list race:

Berlin Marathon.

Your typical weekly mileage:

25 miles per week.

Other than running, what are your favorite pastimes?

Reading, writing.

Photo from Sports Illustrated, Athens 2010- 2500th anniversary of Pheidippides
Photo from Sports Illustrated, Athens 2010- 2500th anniversary of Pheidippides

What’s a random fact about you that most people don’t know?

I was born the same day and year as former U.S. president Bill Clinton.

What’s your message to new runners?

Slow down. Use the run-walk-run method.

Amby & Christina Boston 2014 Finish
Amby with his wife Christina at the finish line of the 2014 Boston marathon

Why do you love running? 

Because I always feel great, physically and emotionally, after every run.

What’s your favorite quote about running?

“We do not stop exercising because we grow old. We grow old because we stop exercising.” Dr. Kenneth Cooper

What’s one myth about runners you wish was debunked or done away with once and for all?

It’s a myth that running is boring. Runners always choose the most interesting and scenic routes in the area where they live.

Also, running liberates the mind to range freely … and that’s the opposite of boring. 

Do you have any pets?

A dog and a cat.

Amby finishing a half marathon with his dog, Beto, in 2023 (the dog only ran 50m)
Amby finishing a half marathon with his dog, Beto, in 2023 (Beto only ran 50m)

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