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The man who ran faster than everyone : the story of Tom Longboat

Author: Jack Batten
Publisher: Toronto, Ont. : Tundra Books ; Plattsburgh, N.Y. : Tundra Books of Northern New York, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Tom Longboat was a hero. A member of the Onondaga Nation, he was born on the Six Nations reserve in Oshwegen, near Brantford, Ontario. Despite poverty, poor training, and prejudice, Longboat went on to become one of the world's best runners. In 1907, at the height of his fame, he won the Boston Marathon and ran in the 1908 Olympic Marathon. Longboat was one of the best-known people of his day, and certainly the most  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Ouvrages pour la jeunesse
Biographies Ouvrages pour la jeunesse
Named Person: Tom Longboat; Tom Longboat; Tom Longboat; Tom Longboat
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jack Batten
ISBN: 0887765076 9780887765070
OCLC Number: 47948034
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 104 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: The best runner in the world --
Beginnings --
In the running --
Boston --
Triumph and turmoil --
Tom's great Olympic misadventure --
A professional among professionals --
Under new management --
War --
His own man --
Acknowledgments --
Index
Responsibility: Jack Batten.
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Tom Longboat was a hero. A member of the Onondaga Nation, he was born on the Six Nations reserve in Oshwegen, near Brantford, Ontario. Despite poverty, poor training, and prejudice, Longboat went on to become one of the world's best runners. In 1907, at the height of his fame, he won the Boston Marathon and ran in the 1908 Olympic Marathon. Longboat was one of the best-known people of his day, and certainly the most prominent member of the Six Nations. Throughout his career he had to race against opponents, as well as rumors of illegal running activities. Nevertheless, he maintained his dignity, and his achievements still inspire people who understand the great pleasure of running, and running fast.

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