Chiefs and Champions, Tom Longboat
DirectorAnnie Frazier Henry
ProducersBig Red Barn Entertainment Sheliagh Cahill Annie Frazier Henry Ken Malenstyn
- Release Date 2005
- Running Time 24 minutes
- Closed Captions Yes
- Availability Canada, USA
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An Onondaga from Six Nations, Tom Longboat (1886-1949) won his first 15-mile race by a full three minutes at the age of 19. Then on April 19, 1907, against rain, slush, tough hills and 104 other entrants, Longboat won the Boston Marathon in record time. He competed in the marathon event at the 1908 Olympics, but collapsed just before mile 20 amid rumours of doping. In 1909, he defeated Englishman Alfie Shrubb and became the world's best distance runner.
As a dispatch runner in WWI, he carried messages and orders between units, but was never awarded his pension. Voted the #1 Canadian sports figure of the 20th century by Maclean's Magazine, he was one of the most celebrated athletes in the country's history and is a member of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame. His legacy lives on through the prestigious Tom Longboat Award, presented every year to the top Aboriginal athlete.
Also, featured in 24 minute episodes are:
- Chief Roger Adolph
- Ross Powless
- Alwyn Morris
- Waneek Horn-Miller
- Fred Sasakamoose
- Darren Zack
- Billy Two Rivers
- Angela Chalmers
- Richard Peter
- Sharon and Shirley Firth
- Gino Odjick
The episodes are hosted by Tom Jackson.
Director: Annie Frazier Henry
Producers: Big Red Barn Entertainment, Sheliagh Cahill, Annie Frazier Henry, Ken Malenstyn
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