an autographed race number of Bill's?
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.
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.