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Herbert "Pop" Wiltshire was an outstanding long distance runner (Marathoner). "Pop" commenced his running career at the age of 15 in the "Old Country" and was still a noted runner at the age of 52. "Pop" had run in over 30 marathon races throughout the Province, National and International scenes.
"Pop's" career highlight was taking the top honours in the United States Thanksgiving 5 mile race in Buffalo, New York, November 27, 1942. In 1946 he ran in the 51st Running of the Boston A.A. Marathon Race with a field of 184 runners. “Pop" was amongst the 84 finishers in the 15 mile race. "Pop" won the Y.M.C.A. Thanksgiving Day Cross Country , Race in Buffalo, New York at the age of47. He ran the Salisbury Beach Marathon in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Pop also ran in the 45th Annual Y.M.C.A.- J. Y. Cameron Memorial Turkey Day Cross Country Marathon, winning the Courier Express Cup. He ran the "Around The Bay" Marathon in Hamilton, Ontario, the U.S. 20 kilometre Championship at Endicott, New York, and the 18 Mile Race of the St. Francis Athletic Club in Buffalo. "Pop" ran in the Butler-Mitchell Trophy Games in Buffalo with 3 other runners representing the Niagara Falls Club, capturing a trophy. This was the first time an honour had gone to a Canadian Team.
"Pop" was an outstanding member of the Y.M.C.A. Harriers, and the Stamford Athletic Club, as well as being the President of the Niagara Falls Olympic Club.
Herbert "Pop" Wiltshire was an outstanding and celebrated veteran marathon runner, who brought much recognition to the City of Niagara Falls, keeping the City's name prominent at outside meets.
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