is known throughout the world as the charismatic
runner who won three consecutive New York
City Marathons in the early 80's.
Born in Havana, Cuba in 1958, his parents
and siblings left the island for Miami and
eventually moved north to Manchester, Connecticut
and then to Wayland, Massachusetts where
he competed in track and field in high school.
In 1980, Salazar ran and won his first New
York City Marathon. At the time it was the
fastest marathon debut in history. In 1981,
Salazar broke a 12-year old world marathon
record at New York with a time of 2:08:13.
He went on to win New York a third consecutive
time in 1982, the last time an American
would rein victorious over the New York
Salazar's victory over Dick Beardsley at
the 1982 Boston Marathon is hailed as the
most memorable battle in the history of
the Boston Marathon. From the beginning
Salazar and Beardsley ran together, each
leading at different points throughout the
course. The last mile was an out and out
battle for the finish with Salazar outkicking
Beardsley for the victory.
Throughout his career, he set six U.S. records
and one world record. After a long absence
from the sport to focus on his health, Salazar
returned in 1994 to compete as an ultra-marathoner.
He won the world famous Comrades Marathon,
a 53-mile race from Durban to Pietermaritzburg,
Today, Salazar travels the world representing
running for Nike. He conducts running clinics
for children and young adults throughout
the country. Salazar and his wife, Molly,
have three children and reside in Oregon.