Sports Reference has a brief biography of Gordon Dickson
Gord Dickson started out as a high school miler, earning a track scholarship to [Drake University].
He attended graduate school at NYU, where he ran with the [New York AC]. Returning to Hamilton,
Ontario, Dickson moved up in distance, winning the 19+ mile Around the Bay Race in 1956-59 and
1964. He was Canadian marathon champion in 1957-60, 1962, and 1964, and Canadian cross-country
champion in 1957-59, also winning a national title on the track in the 6-mile in 1958. Dickson ran at
both the 1958 and 1962 Commonwealth Games, placing 5th in 1958 and 12th in 1962 in the marathon.
He won a bronze medal in the marathon at the 1959 Pan American Games. Dickson raced many times at
the Boston Marathon, with a best finish of third in 1959. His career was shortened by Achilles' tendon
problems, but in 1991 Dickson was made an inaugural member of the Canadian Road Running Hall of
Fame. His business career was in the business administration department of the Halton Board of
Education, where he worked for 25 years.
Personal Best: Marathon – 2-21:51 (1958).
Here is the progression of Canadian Marathon Records for both Men and Women. Gordon held the Canadian record for over 7 years.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
V. 5 N. 5 Gordon Dickson , Canada, RIP
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