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Clarence DeMar

Full name: Clarence Harrison DeMar
Gender: Male
Height: 5'7" (171 cm)
Weight: 139 lbs (63 kg)
Born: June 7, 1888 in Madeira, Ohio, United States
Died: June 11, 1958 in Reading, Massachusetts, United States
Affiliations: North Dorchester Athletic Association/Melrose Post American Legion
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

Known as Mr. DeMarathon, Clarence DeMar is a legendary figure in the annals of the Boston Marathon. On his first appearance in the race in 1910 he finished second and the following year he won the race, setting a course record in the process. DeMar, a printer by trade and a devoted lay preacher, then took a five-year break from competition. This decision was taken because a doctor, apparently little-versed in examining the well-conditioned athlete's heart, thought he had a heart condition. After his return to competition, DeMar's final Boston record read seven victories, three seconds, and two thirds. His last victory in 1930, made DeMar at 41, the oldest winner on record. At the Olympics, DeMar finished 12th in 1912, third in 1924, and 27th in 1928. He was a graduate of the University of Vermont, and attended Harvard briefly as a graduate student.

Personal Best: Mar – 2-18:10 (1922).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1912 Summer 23 Stockholm Athletics Men's Marathon United States USA 12
1924 Summer 35 Paris Athletics Men's Marathon United States USA 3 Bronze
1928 Summer 39 Amsterdam Athletics Men's Marathon United States USA 27

Men's Marathon

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1912 Summer 23 Stockholm Athletics United States Final Standings 12 2-50:46.6
1924 Summer 35 Paris Athletics United States Final Standings 3 2-48:14.0
1928 Summer 39 Amsterdam Athletics United States Final Standings 27 2-50:42