Clarence DeMar Marathon

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 Planning for the 35th running of the Clarence Demar Marathon is underway.  A significant part of that planning includes a leadership transition to the Elm City Rotary Club of Keene.  The Elm City Rotary Club has partnered with Keene State College to offer a $1,000 scholarship to the Keene State student who submits the winning entry into our logo contest.  Part of our transition includes the development of an official Clarence Demar Marathon logo which will be used to market and brand our event for years into the future.

All final entries need to be submitted by 5:00pm, Thursday, December 1st, 2011.

Clarence Demar, seven-time winner of the Boston Marathon, lived and worked in the Monadnock Region during the 1930's.

 Among marathoners, DeMar is remembered as one of the all-time greats. No other marathoner has won seven times at Boston. His seventh victory in Boston came in 1930, when he became the oldest winner of the event at the age of 41. He still holds that record as well.

As a competitor, DeMar was legendary. In 1983, DeMars widow, Margaret DeMar Arnold told a story which takes the legend a little further. Just a few days before he died of cancer in 1958, Mrs. Arnold recalled, "Clarence crawled into the backyard and planted a garden. He simply refused to give up."

DeMar came to the Keene area as an instructor of Industrial Education at Keene State College (then called Keene Normal School). He also worked with the track and cross country teams at the college, training his teams on an old cinder track located near the marathon course's finish line. Just a few hundred yards from the finish line is the site of Demar's former residence on Appian way. Later he moved his family to a farm near the Keene Airport on Route 32. The marathon previously passes that site near the 22 mile mark.

Clarence DeMar was a fine marathoner, but not world class by today's standards. But given stiffer competition, increased knowledge and improved techniques, we have no doubt that if he were alive today, Clarence DeMar would be the very best... as he was during his lifetime.

If you have any questions, please contact Alan Stroshine, 603-812-6582, or email logo@clarencedemar.com

  

 
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