A short stint as a professional boxer prevented Reverand O’Neil Shannon from wearing a number as an official race entrant. Rev. Shannon was featured in a short documentary film on the 1964 race.
Running means never having to say you’re sorry: It’s hard to say how often the author of “Love Story” ran the Boston Marathon, but Erich Segal seems to have recorded his best performance in 1964 when he placed 63rd in 2:56:30.
“He was just one of the guys back then,” recalls runner/ writer Hal Higdon. “We all knew each other, there were so few of us. He stuck out a little more than some because he was a Harvard professor.”
Here are links to a tribute to an Everyman runner by Amby Burfoot, and the official Erich Segal website : “For me running is a spiritual affirmation.”