In 1970 he shaved more than three minutes off the earlier mark. He later set another record: running at least a mile a day for 52 years and 39 days (even after surgery).
Three miles into the 1970 Boston Marathon, Ron Hill felt that he was on pace to break the course record. On that cold, rainy, windswept April day, Hill’s main competitor, Jerome Dayton of Canada, challenged him for a while but faded after 10 miles.
Hill appeared to be in for an easy victory. “On and on he ran,” The New York Times wrote, “as effortlessly as a silvery minnow slicing through the water.”
With 200 yards to go, a
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