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Don Kardong
Champion runner, writer, advocate and commentator, Don Kardong has spent a lifetime promoting excellence. From his student days at Stanford where he held multiple records to today, he has earned his place among the greatest names in distance running history.

Stanford University record holder
for the two, three and six miles. He ran his first marathon in 1972 with a time of 2:18:06. Kardong competed in the 1972 Olympic Trials in the marathon and 10,000 meters. In 1976, Kardong finished third in the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trails with a time of 2:13:54 and finished fourth in the 1976 Montreal Games with a personal best of 2:11:16. He won the Peachtree Road Race (1976), the Honolulu Marathon (1978), and the LeGrizz 50 Mile Ultra marathon (1987). Founding member and past president of the Association of Road Racing Athletes and past president of the Road Runner’s Club of America. Kardong is a commentator on running for television and radio. He has also published books on running such as “Bloomsday a City in Motion, “Thirty Phone Booths to Boston: Tales of a Wayword Runner” and Hills, Hawgs & Ho Chi Minh: More Tales of a Wayward Runner”. Kardong is also has been a Senior writer for Runner’s World Magazine since 1987. He is the founder of the Lilac Bloomsday Run in Spokane, Washington with over 50,000 entrants.


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