A flyover by a Wright Flyer was another attraction as well as a fireworks display later in the evening. In all it was a full day for the 12,000 Daytonians who attended the festivities.
We're not sure if the races were run on the horse track. I doubt it, because many of the times were quite good and running on even on a well groomed horse track would not have been a very good running surface. Also that track was one half mile in length. So we are speculating that an infield quarter mile track may have been used. Also if it were run on the horse track, a survey crew would have to been engaged to do a very accurate measuring of the distances. Our archeological team will be going out to make preliminary inquires as soon as funding can be arranged.
|Central A.A.U and Ohio State Results July 4, 1914|
However Phil also came up with the 1915 A.G. Spalding Athletics Almanac which has the results of many meets all over the world for 1914 including the Dayton meet.
You can scroll through this history by clicking on this link:
Spalding Athletic Almanac 1915 Click here.
|Results of the July 4, 1914 Central Association A.A.U meet found in the Spalding Athletics Almanac|
This was the summer when Europe and the world were preparing for war. Many of these athletes would soon be wearing a military uniform including Henry Binga Dismond seen below. Binga Dismond ran a very good 440 in Dayton 48 and 3/5 seconds. The Dayton Journal claimed it was a World Record. Not quite true, but not far off. In a few years time he would win another sort of medal for 'courage under fire' in France, and would return healthy and ready to pursue a career in medicine. A brief biography is seen below. In 1914, the Dayton Journal headlined Dismond's win stating that a Negro had set a World Record as if that were something to be considered exceptional. Perhaps it was, because there were very limited opportunities for people of color to compete at the national level. On this same field for sport, only a few years later the Klan would hold a major rally.
|Henry Binga Dismond|
|$5 then equals $120 today|
|Women's Records. Note the maximum distance is 120 yards.|
This is the only page mentioning women's track.
|Note the hanky on the bar for a sighting device?|
|James E "Ted" Meredith (lower right)|
|Thought we were joking about the stone gathering event?|
|Abel Kiviat, the famous Jewish distance runner|
|Ed Cook(e) again with vaulting pole in hand. Mel Sheppard upper left and J.P. Sullivan upper right.|
|No problem selling tickets at the first modern Olympics in Athens|
|A grade school meet in Washington D.C. circa 1924. White shirt and neck tie no hindrance.|
|High School Competion Washington D.C. 1924|
|Wounded veterans race 1918|
|Hurdles Coaches needed. 1924|