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William Henry Rodgers

Four time winner of the Boston and New York City marathons. A member of the 1976 US Olympic Team. Winner of the 1977 Fukuoka Marathon.

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Born in Hartford, Connecticut on December 23, 1947, Bill grew up in nearby Newington.  He ran cross-country at Newington High School and at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. At Wesleyan, Bill was the roommate and teammate of Amby Burfoot the year Amby won the Boston Marathon in 1968. After college Bill left running for two years. He returned to competition in 1973 and never looked back.

His PR for the mile is 4:16.08, set in college. He set an American record for 30Km- 1:31:50, and a World record for 25Km - 1:14:12, on the track in 1979. Bill set American records in the 15Km - 43:39, 20Km - 58:15, and 1 Hour Run -12 miles 1,351yds, all in 1977.

The Olympics

Bill competed in the1976 Olympic Marathon in Montreal.  Hampered by a metatarsal problem in his right foot, he stayed with the lead pack for the first 25k, then dropped off the pace to finish 40th in 2:25:14.

In 1980 the U.S.-led boycott of the Moscow Olympic Games eliminated Bill's chance for Olympic success.

  Bill's Boston Marathon Record     Born December 23, 1947

Year          Time        Place
1973          DNF
1974          2:19:34     14
1975          2:09:55      1      Course Record, American Record
1976          Ran  the Olympic Trials instead
1977          DNF
1978          2:10:13      1
1979          2:09:27      1      Course Record, American Record
1980          2:12:11      1
1981          2:10:34      3
1982          2:12:38      4
1983          2:11:58     10
1986          2:13:36      4
1987          2:18:18     15
1988          2:18:17     28
1990          2:20:46     31
1996          2:53:23   1207
1999          DNF

2009          4:06:49   16085   Age 61

Racing in

Quotes by Bill Rodgers

"The marathon can humble you."


"If you want to win a race you have to go a little berserk."


"My whole feeling in terms of racing is that you have to be very bold.
You sometimes have to be aggressive and gamble."


"The starting line of the New York Marathon is kind of like a giant time bomb behind you about to go off.
It is the most spectacular start in sport."


"To be a consistent winner means preparing not just one day,
one month or even one year - but for a lifetime."

Click here to view autographed lithographs featuring Bill Rodgers.

Bill cruising at the 1995
Cape Cod Marathon Relay.

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