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Johnny Miles

Full name: John Christopher "Johnny" Miles
Gender: Male
Born: October 30, 1905 in Halifax, West Yorkshire, Great Britain
Died: June 15, 2003 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Affiliations: Hamilton/Sydney Mines
Country: CAN Canada
Sport: Athletics


Born in Yorkshire, England, Johnny Miles emigrated to Sydney Mines, Cape Breton Island when he was a young boy. His father was called to service in World War I, and Johnny supported the family by working in the mines as a mine trapper. When his father returned from Europe, Johnny attempted a boxing career, but quickly turned to running. He became best known for his exploits at the Boston Marathon where he was very popular after winning the race in his first attempt in 1926, defeating the favored 1924 Olympic champion, [Albin Stenroos]. He came back to win the race again in 1929, and ran in it from 1926-31. In the 1930 British Empire Games marathon he won the bronze medal. Prior to the 1929 race, Miles moved to Hamilton, Ontario, where he began a 43-year career with International Harvester. He eventually obtained an MBA degree, and headed up some of International Harvester's operations in France, before returning to Hamilton as a division manager. Miles continued to attend the Boston race almost yearly in an honorary role, his final appearance coming in 1991 when he was 85-years-old. In 2002, Miles was honored by the University College of Cape Breton with an Honorary Doctorate of Laws Degree.

Personal Best: Mar – 2-33:08 (1929).


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1928 Summer 22 Amsterdam Athletics Men's Marathon Canada CAN 17
1932 Summer 26 Los Angeles Athletics Men's Marathon Canada CAN 14

Men's Marathon

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1928 Summer 22 Amsterdam Athletics Canada Final Standings 17 2-43:32
1932 Summer 26 Los Angeles Athletics Canada Final Standings 14 2-50:32
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