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    The Greatest Still Standing (38 Years) Black American Long Distance Record!
    Celebrating African American Running History
    African American Middle & Long Distance Running Timeline (1880-1979)

    Herman Atkins
    The Greatest Still Standing (38 Years) Black American Long Distance Record!

    Running History: September 9, 1979
    Herm placed 5th at Nike/Oregon Track Club Marathon in a time of 2:11:52. The race was won by Tony Sandoval and Jeff Wells who finished in a tie 2:10:20. The race was held in Eugene.

    Herm Atkins has held the distinction of being the fastest native born black American marathoner for 38 years. This is truly an amazing running history milestone.

    Herm Atkins Accomplishments:
    High School: Seattle, Washington Garfield
    College: Arkansas State University & University of Washington
    One mile best of 4:04
    1973 5,000 meters 13:43
    1977 First marathon 2:18
    1979 9th place Boston Marathon 2:14:27
    1980 Nike/OTC Marathon 2:15:09
    1993 Led Snohomish Track Club to a National Masters Cross-Country 10K Championship.

    Herm co-owned a running shoe store and was a coach. He also has served as a police officer in Everett, Washington.

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    Very noteworthy info. Thanks!
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