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The Greatest American Male Marathoners: Honorable Mention

Here are 20 more runners worthy of mention in the long history of U.S. marathoning. (Listed in alphabetical order.)

Abdi Abdirahman—2:08:56 PR at the Chicago Marathon ranks him as the No. 8 on the all-time U.S. list; also third at 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon.

Ellison Brown—2:27:30 PR at Salisbury Beach Marathon in 1940 was his second American record; two-time Boston Marathon champion, 1936, 1939

Jack Bacheler — 3rd at 1972 U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon, 9th at 1972 Olympic marathon in 2:17:38

Garry Bjorklund — 2:10:20 PR at Grandma’s Marathon in 1980; fifth in 1977 New York City Marathon, fifth at 1979 Boston Marathon

Phil Coppess — 2:10:05 PR at Twin Cities Marathon in 1985 ranks No. 18 on all-time U.S. list.

Patrick Dengis—Three-time U.S. champion, 1935, 1938-1939; two-time Boston Marathon runner-up, 1935, 1938

Tom Fleming—Two-time New York City Marathon winner, 1973, 1975; Six top-10 finishes at the Boston Marathon, 1973-1979; fifth place 1976 U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon; 2:13:14 PR en route to winning 1981 Los Angeles Marathon.

Jeff Galloway—4th at 1972 U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon (after pacing Jack Bacheler); Also won the 1974 Honolulu Marathon, was influential in the inception of the Avon International Marathon and has been a factor in age-group running growth for years.

Johnny Hayes — Placed fifth, third and second at the Boston Marathon from 1906-1908 and went on to win the 1908 Olympic Marathon.

Jerry Lawson—2:09:35 PR in Chicago in 1997 (No. 13 on the all-time U.S. list) after running ran 2:10:04 at Chicago in 1996.

Ken Martin—2:09:38 PR while finishing second at the New York City in 1989 (No. 14 on the all-time U.S. list), plus won Pittsburgh Marathon twice and Cal-International once.

Ed Mendonza—2:10:07 PR at Boston while finishing 4th at 1983 Boston Marathon ranks him No. 19 on the all-time U.S. list.

Albert Michelsen—2:29:02 PR at 1925 Port Chester Marathon in New Jersey set a new world record that stood for 10 years; also placed 7th in the 1932 Olympic Marathon

David Morris —2:09:32 PR at Chicago in 1999 (No. 12 on the all-time U.S. list); 10th at 1996 U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon

Leslie Pawson — Placed among the top 10 at the Boston Marathon eight times between 1932-1943 and became the second runner to win the race three times.

Melvin Porter—Three-time U.S. champion (1933, 1934, 1937) and two-time top-three finisher at the Boston Marathon

Brian Sell — 2:10:47 PR at 2006 Chicago Marathon (No. 28 on all-time U.S. list), a 9th-place result at the 2005 World Championships, third at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon and a 22nd-place showing at the 2008 Olympic Marathon.

Joe Smith — Lowered the American record to 2:26:52 while winning the 1942 Boston Marathon.

Ron Tabb — 2:09:31 PR from the 1983 Boston Marathon (No. 11 all-time U.S. list), four results under 2:11:00 or faster and an 18th-place result at the 1983 World Championships

Jeff Wells — 2:10:16 PR at Boston in 1978 (finishing 2 seconds behind winner Bill Rodgers) ranks him No. 20 on the all-time U.S. list; also ran 2:10:20 at Nike/OTC Marathon 1979, was fifth at 1980 U.S. Olympic Trials and won the 1977 Honolulu Marathon and 1980 Stockholm Marathon.