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Thursday, September 07, 2006

Barefoot at Boston Marathon in 1947

from GoldenAger


Howdy Folks

I just got off the phone with Mr. Donald Post also known as "Barefoot" Post.

He ran the Boston Marathon barefoot in 1947, but dropped out after 15 miles when he realized that he was not going to win, "there were just too many professionals and foreign runners that year", said Mr. Post. So, instead of continuing fruitlessly, he decided to go and watch a Boston Braves baseball game instead...barefoot.

He was well-known as a barefoot baseball player who trained barefoot.

He ran the marathon because he thought he had a chance to win.

Here are a few snippets from newspapers of the day:

from The Berkshire Evening Eagle on Saturday, April 19, 1947
(Pittsfield, Massachusetts)

Read the last sentence...

156 Starters In Annual Boston Run 51st Marathon Gets Off in 47-Degree
Weather BOSTON A classy field of including 6 former winners 156, and
the finest foreign delegation in years, started from Hopkinton at noon
today in the 51st renewal of the Boston AA marathon, the city's top
annual Patriot's Day event. A spanking northwest breeze chilled the
runners as they began the 26-mile 385-yard grind to Boston's Back Bay
m 47-degree weather over a hill-and-dale course lined with a Patriot's
Day crowd of some 500 000. Among 28 scratches were two standout
performers two-time winner Ellison (Tarzan) Brown of Rhode Island and
Ki Chung Sohm, one "of three Korean contenders. Brown dropped out
because of a sprained ankle while the Korean, the Olympic
record-holder, was reported ill. Stylianos Kynakides of Greece, last
year's winner, and most of the other favorites were deep in the pack
as the classic got under way. Running barefoot as the field broke
under the starter's gun was Donald A. Post of Rochester, N.Y. He was
the only man to discard shoes.

from The Lethbridge Herald on Wednesday, May 21, 1947 (Lethbridge,Alberta)

Money has been pumped into the Barefoot Runner Enters Marathon
TORONTO. May 21 A. Post won't need running shoes to bound through the
26 miles of the Canadian marathon championship to be held here in June.
He is going to run barefoot. Barefoot Post, as he's called is a 22-year-old
Navy veteran from Rochester. N.Y.. who stars down there in the local
sports club as a barefoot performer in football, basketball, softball
and baseball. Post made his first cross-country attempt, barefoot
style, in the Boston marathon last month, but fell out after a mere 15
miles. Also scheduled to run here are the two outstanding Finnish
marathoners.

BFT...finding new barefoot history

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8 Comments:

Blogger Barefoot Ted said...

I sent a letter to Donald Post last week. Remember, he is 82 years old. It has been 60 years since that fateful day when he attempted the Boston Marathon barefoot.

Yet, he remembered the race as if it were yesterday.

Time-traveling.

BFT

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

 
Blogger Barefoot Ted said...

Got a letter back from Barefoot Post.

He sent me nearly 20 photocopies of newspaper clippings about him, his attempt at the Boston Marathon barefoot and his barefoot baseball fame.

Barefoot Post's letter:
___________________________________
9-13-06

Ted:

Some items that I thought might be of some interest. They always billed me as the World's only all around barefoot athlete but I'm sure I wasn't.

Thought these items might be of interest.

Barefoot

PS. I always wonder how they determine the current winners with such a bigh turnout (at the Boston Marathon). The ones in the front musth finish way before the ones in the back get a chance to start?
___________________________________

Obviously, Barefoot Post doesn't know about the timing chips that the Boston runner's must wear these days.

BFT

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

 
Anonymous GoldenAger said...

Hi--

Haven't heard that name in 60 yrs! Glad to know Don's alive & well. Thought you might like to see this 6 1/2 x 10 photocard I've had since around 1949!

Got it autographed by Don back then when he was on a barnstorming tour of the Western New York area where I grew up--it may have been the 1st piece of autograph memorabilia I ever got since I was only about 9 yrs old at the time!




http://i139.photobucket.com/albums/q285/fyoung17/BarefootPost-Don.jpg

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

 
Anonymous GoldenAger said...

I just realized the date of 2006 on the last post!

Hopefully Don is still with us!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

 
Blogger Barefoot Ted said...

Howdy GoldenAger

May I add that photo to the blog story?

I got in touch with Barefoot Post after doing research on Google News Archives. I called and spoke with him a couple times. He is a great fellow.

BFT

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

 
Anonymous GoldenAger said...

BFT---

By all means add the photo--I didn't know if I could or not!

I hope Don sees this & knows someone remembered him!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

 
Blogger Barefoot Ted said...

I tracked him down in 2006, talked on the phone a few times and he sent me some copies of articles on himself.

I had his phone number, but misplaced it.

He was living in Rochester(sp), NY.

BFT

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

 
Anonymous GoldenAger said...

BFT--

Do you need a different URL to post a pic? I see the one I gave in my initial post is not "clickable".

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

 

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