Bill Rodgers is one of the most decorated American long distance runners in history. He is a four-time winner of the Boston Marathon, most notably winning three consecutive times from 1978 to 1980, and a four-time consecutive winner of the New York City Marathon from 1976 to 1979. Rodgers also won the Fukuoka Marathon in 1977, becoming the first athlete to win all three major marathons at the same time.
With a time of 2:09:27 at the 1979 Boston Marathon, Rodgers held the record for the fastest marathon run by an American.
Alberto Salazar is a three-time consecutive winner of the New York City Marathon from 1980 to 1982. He and fellow Squires trainee Dick Beardsley placed first and second, respectively, in the 1982 Boston Marathon known as the Duel in the Sun. Salazar set both the course and American record in that race.
Salazar is now coaching some of the world's top runners, including Mo Farah and Galen Rupp, and received the 2013 IAAF Coaching Achievement Award.
Dick Beardsley was the co-winner of the inaugural London Marathon in 1981, where he tied Inge Simonsen with a time of 2:11:48. He placed second in the 1982 Boston Marathon, losing to Alberto Salazar by one second in the Duel in the Sun.
Between his races in London and Boston, Beardsley won the Grandma's Marathon in consecutive years. His time of 2:09:37 in 1981 wasn't beaten for 33 years until it was finally broken in 2014.
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