Doug White

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Delaware long-distance running ace Doug White has achieved a milestone matched by only five other athletes in the world. Through 2011, Doug has qualified for and completed 39 consecutive Boston Marathons –a race considered one of the most grueling sporting events on the planet. He also holds multiple Delaware distance running records. The Dickinson High graduate has completed more than 80 marathons.

He was the top Delaware finisher in the Boston Marathon seven times and headed the state’s Master’s finishers four times. Doug’s average time for the first 14 Boston Marathons was two hours, 39 minutes and 29 seconds. His best Boston showing in the Master’s age 40-49 class was an eighth place finish in 1985. He was 14th at Boston in the Master’s age 60-69 class in 2004. White’s distance running success has not been limited to Boston. He was second in the 1982 Philadelphia Half-Marathon. Doug won the 1984 Broad Street 10-Miler in Philadelphia Master’s class and was 15th overall among 3,000 runners.

Of the 49 marathons run at a sub-six-minute pace by Delaware residents, White accounts for 15 of them – more than any other state resident by a huge margin. He owns the record of 34 consecutive finishes in the Caesar Rodney Half-Marathon, and once held the Master’s course record in that event. Doug is an internationally ranked Master’s competitor by Runner’s World Magazine. Overall, White has run some 85,000 miles in competition – equivalent to more than three times around the world. He has been inducted into the Pike Creek Valley Running Club Hall of Fame.



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