50 years after winning the Boston Marathon, Amby gives it another go

23 Apr 2018

Community Interest

Ambrose "Amby" Burfoot’s most joyous moment of the 1968 Boston Marathon certainly didn’t occur while running the fabled 26.2-mile foot race.

“I was absolutely terrified the whole way,” he recalled the other day. “I kept waiting for other guys to pass me.”

Amby also didn’t celebrate with fist pumps when he dashed down Boylston Street toward Copley Square amid cheering throngs and burst across the finish line in 2 hours, 22 minutes and 17 seconds. Even when the mayor placed the signature laurel wreath on his head — no reaction.

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