Pat Petersen, Top American Marathoner, RIP, by Jeff Benjamin


Pat Peterson running 30:15, photo courtesy @TCSNYCMarathon

There was a time, in the late 1980s and 1990s when American distance runners who understood that one had to work hard, train hard and race hard were few and far between. In the lonely era, when 13:45 was a winning time at US Championships for a 5000m, Pat Peterson, like Buddy Edelen decades before, was truly a lone pair of feet, running the streets of New York, as an American marathoner who got it. 

Taken too early from his family and friend, Pat Petersen succumbed to pancreatic cancer over the weekend. His wake is Wednesday night, June 3 and funeral is Thursday, June 4. Please read the note at the bottom of Jeff Benjamin’s fine obit from Mike Polansky. 

The Petersen family is having a terrible financial strain besides the horrible loss of their husband, father, and friend. Please help if you can. 



  • Larry Eder

    Larry Eder has had a 51-year involvement in the sport of athletics. Larry has experienced the sport as an athlete, coach, magazine publisher, and now, journalist and blogger. His first article, on Don Bowden, America's first sub-4 minute miler, was published in RW in 1983. Larry has published several magazines on athletics, from American Athletics to the U.S. version of Spikes magazine. He currently manages the content and marketing development of the RunningNetwork, The Shoe Addicts, and RunBlogRun. Of RunBlogRun, his daily pilgrimage with the sport, Larry says: "I have to admit, I love traveling to far away meets, writing about the sport I love, and the athletes I respect, for my readers at, the most of anything I have ever done, except, maybe running itself." Also does some updates for BBC Sports at key events, which he truly enjoys. Theme song: Greg Allman, " I'm no Angel."

Similar Post

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Subscribe to RunBlogRun's Global News Feed

Wake up to RunBlogRun’s news in your inbox. Sign up for our newsletter and we’ll keep you informed about the Sport you love.

*we hate spam as much as you do

Recent Tweets

Next Post

Welcome Back!

Login to your account below

Create New Account!

Fill the forms below to register

Select a password for yourself. (minimum length of 8)

Paste here the user biography.

Provide here the twitter screen name. i.e. @RunBlogRun

Provide here the instagram screen name. i.e. @RunBlogRun

Provide here the facebook profile URL. i.e.

Provide here the linkedin profile URL. i.e.

Retrieve your password

Please enter your username or email address to reset your password.

Add New Playlist