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Ambrose Joel Burfoot

1968 Boston Marathon Champion. Amby ran his fastest marathon in 1968 at Fukuoka, Japan.  His time of 2:14:28.8 was one second off the American record, then held by Buddy Edelen.

Born August 19, 1946, Amby grew up in New London , Connecticut.  He attended Fitch High School, where he was coached by John J. Kelley on the cross-country team beginning in his junior year.  Coach Kelley describes the young Amby as, "A quiet but involved kid.  He could usually be found reading, and would never slack off in his workouts. Amby was a focused competitor."

He attended Weslyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, running cross-country.  He favored LSD training (long slow distance), running 100 to140 mile weeks at 6:30  to 7:00 minute per mile pace.

After his Boston win, Amby turned his attention toward the 1968  Olympics. A calf injury eliminated his Olympic hopes.


Amby's Boston Marathon Record   Born  August 19, 1946

Year         Time          Place
1967         2:28:05        17
1968         2:22:17         1
1969         2:29:07        17
1970         2:25:27        16
1971         2:35:11        39
1973          DNF
1975         2:21:20        32
1976         2:27:56        12
1977         2:46:37       362
1978         2:30:04       161

Year         Time          Place
1979         3:00:24      3032
1980         2:25:47        54
1988         2:59:45      1532
1993         3:24:34      2175
1996         4:38:31     21613
1998         3:35:32      4872

2003         4:03:37      9488
2008         3:51:04     12263
2013     Halted at 25.5 miles
2014         4:42:48     25207


Click here to view an autographed lithograph featuring Amby.


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