Amby Burfoot

IMG_3834Amby Burfoot was born August 19th, 1946 and grew up in Groton, CT.  While attending Wesleyan University, he took up marathoning and won the Boston Marathon in his senior year of 1968.  Later that year, Burfoot ran his marathon personal best of 2:14:28 at the Fukuoka Marathon in Japan, narrowly missing the American record by one second.  Burfoot was also a 9-time winner of the famed Manchester Road Race and has competed in the event 53 consecutive years. After retiring from competitive running, he started a journalism career that spanned more than 30 years.  In 1978, Burfoot joined Runner’s World and in 1985 became editor-in-chief, a position he held through 2004.  Up until his recent retirement Burfoot continued to serve as editor-at-large and a featured writer for the magazine. Burfoot has penned several books on running including, First Ladies of Running and The Runner’s Guide to the Meaning of Life. He was awarded the George Hirsch Journalism Award in 2011 and is also a member of RRCA Hall of Fame and the National Distance Running Hall of Fame.