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"My guess is many top athletes, distance runners included, use performance-enhancing drugs, enough so that the problem must be tackled." -- Bill Rodgers
William "Bill" Henry Rodgers (born December 23, 1947 in Hartford, Connecticut) is an American runner and former American record holder in the marathon who is best known for his victories in the Boston Marathon and the New York City Marathon in the late 1970s.

Rodgers won both races four times each between 1975 and 1980, twice breaking the American record at Boston with a time of 2:09:55 in 1975 and a 2:09:27 in 1979. In 1977 he won the Fukuoka Marathon, making him the only runner ever to hold the championship of all three major marathons at the same time. He made the 1976 U.S. Olympic team and raced the marathon at the Montreal Olympics in 1976, finishing 40th. He did not participate in the Olympics in 1980 due to the U.S. boycott over the invasion of Afghanistan by the USSR. Rodgers is also the last U.S.-born winner in the men's or women's open divisions of the New York City Marathon to date; the two subsequent American winners were born in Cuba (Alberto Salazar) and Eritrea (Meb Keflezighi).

In 1975 Rodgers won the bronze medal at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships, equaling Tracy Smith's 1966 bronze in the International Cross Country Championships as the highest an American had ever finished in international cross country competition. Rodgers' most remarkable year on the road racing circuit came in 1978 when he won 27 of the 30 races he entered, including the Pepsi 10,000 meter nationals (with a new world road 10K best time of 28:36.3), the Falmouth Road Race, and the Boston & New York marathons. Rodgers is also the former world record holder for 25 kilometers as he broke Pekka Pivrinta's world record with a time of 1:14.11.8 on a track at West Valley College in Saratoga, California in 1979.

Track & Field News ranked Rodgers #1 in the world in the marathon in 1975, 1977 and 1979. Of the 59 marathons Rodgers ran, 28 were run under 2:15. In all he won 22 marathons in his career. He came to be referred to by sportswriters and others as "Boston Billy".

Rodgers received his B.A. in sociology from Wesleyan University. One of his teammates, Amby Burfoot, won the Boston Marathon while still a student and went on to edit Runners World magazine. Rodgers also has an MS in special education from Boston College.

Rodgers was inducted on December 3, 1999, in Los Angeles, California to the National Track & Field Hall of Fame located in Indianapolis, Indiana. In 1998, Rodgers was inducted in the first round to the National Distance Running Hall of Fame in Utica, New York.

Bill Rodgers Running Center in Faneuil Hall Market Place in Boston, Massachusetts is owned and operated by Bill and his brother Charlie. The family-run business has been going since 1977.

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Total Books: 19
History Retweets Itself Rock  Roll Edition
2017 - History Retweets Itself Rock Roll Edition (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781944225063
ISBN-10: 1944225064
Genres: History, Humor & Entertainment
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History Retweets Itself Texas Edition
2016 - History Retweets Itself Texas Edition (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781944225018
ISBN-10: 1944225013
Genres: History, Humor & Entertainment
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Marathon Man My 262-Mile Journey from Unknown Grad Student to the Top of the Running World
Level 2  Large Print Sudoku 80 Easy to Read Large Print Sudoku Puzzles
Level 1 Large Print Sudoku 80 Easy to Read Large Print Sudoku Puzzles
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Running 3rd Edition
2010 - The Complete Idiot's Guide to Running 3rd Edition (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781615640287
ISBN-10: 1615640282
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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Office 2003 Bible
2003 - Office 2003 Bible (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780764539497
ISBN-10: 0764539493
Genre: Computers & Technology
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Running
2003 - The Complete Idiot's Guide to Running [Complete Idiot's Guide to] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780028644660
ISBN-10: 0028644662
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Sports & Outdoors
  • Currently 2.5/5 Stars.
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Fourth Among Equals
2000 - Fourth Among Equals (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781902301365
ISBN-10: 1902301366
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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Jogging and Running
1998 - The Complete Idiot's Guide to Jogging and Running (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780028623863
ISBN-10: 002862386X
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Sports & Outdoors
  • Currently 2.9/5 Stars.
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Bill Rodgers' Lifetime Running Plan Definitive Programs for Runners of All Ages and Levels
Bill Rodgers' Lifetime Running Plan Definitive Programs for Runners of All Ages and Levels
Bill Rodgers' Lifetime Running Plan Definitive Program for Runners of All Ages and Levels
Bill Rodgers and Priscilla Welch on Master's Running and Racing
Marathoning
1982 - Marathoning (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780671250881
ISBN-10: 0671250884
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Sports & Outdoors
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Marathoning
Marathoning (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780671250874
ISBN-10: 0671250876
Genre: Sports & Outdoors
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Bill Rodgers and Priscilla Welch on Masters Running and Racing
Bill Rodger's Classic Running Log
Bill Rodger's Classic Running Log [Revised Edition] (Other)
ISBN-13: 9781878602572
ISBN-10: 1878602578
Genre: Health, Fitness & Dieting
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