Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Google Doodle Features Canadian Running Champ Tom Longboat

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Google Doodle Features Canadian Running Champ Tom Longboat

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Google Doodle features Canadian running champ

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TORONTO - A world champion runner from the Six Nations of the Grand River is the star of today's Google Doodle.

Anyone searching on the popular site will be met with a graphic of Tom Longboat running in one of the Google logo's "Os" alongside a maple leaf in the second "O."

Longboat was born June 4, 1887, and went on to forge a spectacular long-distance career that made him one of the world's most famous athletes in the early 20th century.

Historica Canada notes he won the Boston Marathon in record time in 1907, smashing the record by more than five minutes. In 1909, he won the world professional marathon championships at Madison Square Garden, pulling ahead of British champion Alfie Shrubb in the final mile of the race. …

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