Buried Treasure - Found with a "Medal" Detector
X Marks the Spot
During the late 1600s pirates were
known to sail the waters off New England. In fact Captain
Kidd himself is rumored to have buried his treasure somewhere along
the shores of Long Island Sound. It has never been found.
200 years later
a new band of rogues plied their trade throughout New England,
searching for their own share of treasure...and running for their
the Olympics of 1908 and the Dorando
Pietri - Johnny Hayes Marathon controversy, there was an intense
interest in marathon running. The public loved the drama of
the race and many events were organized including match races, indoor
marathons and road races of assorted distances. Some races
offered prizes, some offered money under the table, and many spectators would
bet on the outcomes. A few runners made a career out of this new
were contacted by Andrew LeBeau, who was lucky to find a little
treasure of his own in Riverside, Rhode Island. A few years
ago, he took his brother's metal detector out for a walk and uncovered
a running medal from 1911 on his property. As Andrew says,
really like this medal, it's old and is in excellent condition for
being in the ground for who knows how long. My educated guess
is the medal was deposited in the ground after the hurricane that
hit New England on Sept. 21, 1938. From what I was told homes
were demolished and brought out to sea (about 700 ft ) not to mention
what wasn't destroyed inland.
Now how the
medal got there is another thing, did the owner/ winner of the race
live where my brother did or close by? The only two people
I have come up with thus far for being the winner is either Clarence
H. DeMar or Henry Louis Scott."
We can't identify
all the details about the race this medal came from in 1911, but
it does provide a few clues. The race was called the "Bronx
to City Hall Modified Marathon" sponsored by the Evening Mail.
Mail was a New York daily newspaper in 1911. The distance
from the Bronx to City Hall in Manhattan is roughly 12 miles. Of
course we don't know where the race started or what the course route
was, but races that didn't go the full 26.2 miles were often refered
to as "modified marathons" at the time.
The back of
the medal says "Survivor." This certainly played
into the drama of marathons that the public loved, but this also
indicates it wasn't necessarily an award to the winner. All
finishers received one.
It's great that
this medal has survived almost 100 years and many thanks to Andrew
LeBeau for sharing his find.
If anyone has
any additional information on this race we'd love to pass it on
to Andrew, so send us an email.