Beth Bonner

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Elizabeth "Beth" Bonner (June 9, 1952 – October 9, 1998) was a long-distance runner from Reedsville, West Virginia.[1] On May 9, 1971, Bonner ran a 3:01:42 marathon time in Philadelphia at the AAU Eastern Regional Championships,[2] breaking the world best set one year earlier by Caroline Walker.[3] On September 19, 1971, she became the first winner of the women's division of the New York City Marathon at the age of 19. Some sources question the validity of Adrienne Beames' 2:46:30 time one month earlier, so Bonner's 2:55:22 performance at New York is frequently credited as the first sub-three hour performance by a woman.[4]

She attended Brandywine College.[5]

In 1994 she was coaching in Louisiana.[6] She died in Kerrville, Texas in 1998 when she was hit by a truck while biking.[7][8]

An annual 5K run is held in her name in Arthurdale, West Virginia.[9]


  2. ^ "ML_1971".
  3. ^ "Women's World Record Times - 1971 to 1977".
  4. ^ Benyo, Richard; Henderson, Joe (1 January 2002). "Running Encyclopedia". Human Kinetics – via Google Books.
  5. ^,1491249&dq=beth-bonner&hl=en
  6. ^ Jr, Robert Mcg Thomas (4 November 1994). "NEW YORK CITY MARATHON: NOTEBOOK; A Race for 25 Winners Finishing a Few Short" – via
  7. ^ " E. Beth Bonner".
  8. ^ "Runner's World Columns".
  9. ^ "Beth Bonner Memorial 5K Run & 2-M Walk".

External links

  • Beth Bonner - Road Runners Club Hall of Fame (2008 inductee)
Preceded by
Caroline Walker
Women's Marathon World Record Holder
May 9, 1971 – December 5, 1971
Succeeded by
Cheryl Bridges
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