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  • Herm Atkins Retires (from his day job)

    Former national-class marathoner Herm Atkins of Everett, WA retired today after nearly 29 years with the Everett Police Dept. He, along with his daughter, an Everett police detective, was shown on a local TV news report with several minutes of video (not found online). Unfortunately, there was absolutely no mention of his running career.
    http://www.kiro7.com/news/local/as-e...cing/543949129

    Herm was ranked No. 5 in the U.S. in the marathon for 1979. His PB was 2:11:52.

    http://more.arrs.net/runner/4645

    He was 2nd (to Jeff Wells) in the 1977 Honolulu Marathon.

    Just thought some of Herm's old friends might be interested in hearing about him.
    Last edited by Charley Shaffer; 06-29-2017, 07:47 PM. Reason: Syntax

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    I remember him - he was a good runner, but he was in the middle of the 70s running boom with Rodgers, Shorter et al, and couldn't quite get past them. 2:11:52 in that era was smoking.

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    • #3
      Thank you for this post. Herm Atkins for nearly 38 years has held the distinction of being the fastest native born black American at the marathon.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by GaryC View Post
        Thank you for this post. Herm Atkins for nearly 38 years has held the distinction of being the fastest native born black American at the marathon.
        Thanx for that, GaryC. I almost asked the ? the other day, because I couldn't think of another African-American faster since that time.

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