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Historic 1909 Boston Marathon Medal

sale to benefit:
My Grandmother (90%)
& Boston Charities (10%)

You are offerding on an extremely rare antique 1909 Boston Marathon medal. Over 100 years old!!!

There were only 164 runners in the 1909 race so I must assume that this medal is 1 of 164 ever made. Only 73 people actually finished the race so it could even be 1 of 73??? One of very few that are actually left!

The front of the medal BOSTON ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION - 1887

The back of the medal Marathon Race – April 19th 1909

There is also a light engraving on the back that is hard to make out. There appears to be a “1”and possibly a second “1.” Please refer to the photos.

There is also a “makers mark” on the very bottom of the back side. It reads: Dieges & Clust 129 Tremont St Boston.

Dieges & Clust was founded in 1898 and were renowned specialist gold &silversmiths. The company ceased trading in 1980 and their successor, Herff Jones, Inc., continue the Dieges & Clust tradition of premiere craftsmanship producing prestigious medals for the Olympic Games, Congressional Medal of Honor, the Heisman Trophy, the National Football League and more.

About the …


Quick Facts:

  • The only time a NH person has won!
  • The first time a cheater was caught!
  • One of the more historic races due to the 97 degree heat on April 19th, 1909!
  • Only 164 runners in 1909 (Now almost 25,000 compete)!
  • 181 Runners signed up, 164started … only 73 finished!
  • Henri Renaud of Nashua,NH won… he was only 19 years old!

13th Boston Marathon — Monday, April 19, 1909

Although a record of 164 runners answered the starter’s gun, the biggest story was the heat, which saw the temperature climb to 97 degrees. The intolerable conditions forced 91 entrants to exit early, and allowed the lead to change hands on nine occasions through 20 miles. New Hampshire mill hand Henri Renaud emerged from the fray to claim victory. He passed through Framingham in 53rd place, and, with two miles remaining, passed a weary Harry Jensen. Only Renaud was able to keep running without stopping over the final miles.

1. Henri Renaud (NH)


6. Joseph P. McHugh (MA)


2. Harry Jensen (NY)


7. Edward G. Ryder (MA)


3. Patrick J. Grant (NY)


8. Carl D. Schlobohm (NY)


4. James F. Crowley (NY)


9. Edward L. McTiernan (MA)


5. Samuel A. Mellor, Jr. (NY)


10. Robert A. Fowler (MA)



> 1909 Howard Pearce got a ride in a car after dropping out at the8-mile mark, then was let out to run the last mile. Police pulled him off the course before he finished.

> 1916 A.F. Merchant tried something similar to Pearce, even finishing fifth, but was reported by a Boy Scout and a fellow runner.

> 1980 Rosie Ruiz, who appeared to win the women’s division in record time, was stripped of her medal when witnesses reported having seen her watching the race and no evidence could be found that she had actually run it.


Boston Marathon Faces Sizzling Temps

With temperatures expecting go above the 80-degree mark Monday for the Boston Marathon, organizers are offering a deferment option to the 27,000registered runners. The heat can be dangerous for such strenuous activity. But this isn't the hottest weather Boston has gotten for the marathon—in 1909 the race was called "The Inferno" for its 97-degree weather, while the1976 run was held in 100-degree heat and titled "Run for the Hoses,"since it ended with the winner being cooled down with garden hoses. Deferment was also offered in 2010, when the volcano in Iceland stopped flights coming in from Europe.


Overall, the marathon raises “more than $10 million annually [for]areas of need within Greater Boston,” according to the Boston Athletic Association. Around the time of the 1909 earthquake relief marathon, an article in the Boston American called the race “the first marathon ever held for charity” under a headline that read, “Charity the Biggest Prize of Marathon.” While many aspects of the Boston Marathon have changed over the years, including the course itself and the length of the race, it’s heartening to know that, more than 100 years later, that sentiment continues on today.


Henri Renaud: The Only Granite Stater To Ever Win The Boston Marathon

There was hardly a single person who thought that Henri Charles Renaud would win the 13th running of the Boston Marathon in 1909.He was just 19 years old, a son of French Canadian immigrants who worked in the Nashua mills. And is his great grandson, Brett Misenor says he had only started running seven months earlier.

“His father urged him to run only about 2 weeks before the race. Henri had begun running the September before and won the first race he ever ran and he entered the Boston Marathon and ended up out running some of the world’s best Olympic runners.”

The morning of April 19th 1909, Henri joined one hundred and sixty three other runners at the starting line. By the noontime start, reports say, the temperature had reached 97 degrees. Half would drop out of that race,twenty six were hospitalized. But Misenor says that it was his great grandfather’s time as a weaver in the oppressively hot Nashua mills that helped him tough out the conditions:

“Local newspapers at the time said that in Framingham he was in 53rd place,moved up 28th place halfway through the race, and was in 3rd place by mile 24and from there took the lead.”

He ended up winning in two hours, fifty three minutes and thirty six seconds, four minutes faster than 2nd place.

“He said that when he saw his father at the finish line his heart was full of joy and he ran as hard as he could and felt that he could run 10 more miles.I believe that Henri won the race because he knew that he could never give up.I think that the encouragement of his father and from his teammates gave him a strong belief in himself.”

Renaud came back as the pride of Nashua and became a local celebrity. He excelled in other sports and even stared in a silent film called the “A Romance of Nashua”.

John Renaud, the grandson of Henri, flips through a scrapbook that shows article after article of his grandfather’s athletic accomplishments.

But after a while you see the celebrity fades, Renaud served in World War One and when he returned two years later, John Renaud says, he was a changed man:

“The war took its toll on him. Physically he wasn’t the strapping young man that he was when he won the Boston Marathon. He was frail and never really quite got his health back. He always looked older than what he was his face was deeply wrinkled.”

After the war, a traveling sports exhibition borrowed his 1909 winner’s

wreath and cup. His prizes were never seen again.

In 2009, the Gate City Striders, a Nashua running club established the Henri Renaud Memorial New Hampshire Marathon Awards given to the top Granite State male and female finishers of the Boston Marathon.

“Its somebody that everybody can relate to, the underdog that won the Boston Marathon in 97 degree heat. A Franco American kid teased and taunted by folks who didn’t like Franco Americans. I think it’s a good story all the way around, something that everyone from any race, color, creed or age can be proud of.”

A century ago, Nashua runner was king

Long, lonely training runs through the biting wind and treacherous footing of late winter have prepared many of the area's runners for the unpredictability of the Boston Marathon. The 26.2-mile course from Hopkinton,Mass., to Copley Square has long been considered one of the world's most physically demanding marathons. Toss in change-in-a-minute weather conditions -warm, inviting sunshine yielding to a bone-chilling sea breeze on the turn down Boylston Street - and even the hardiest runners can have their confidence shattered. One hundred years ago, Nashua's Henri Renaud battled some of the harshest conditions imaginable to become the only runner from New Hampshire to ever win the Boston Marathon. In the months leading up to the 13th Boston Marathon on April 19, 1909, Renaud was frequently seen running through the streets of Nashua after nightfall. After a nearly 12-hour workday at Nashua Manufacturing Co., Renaud would return home, eat a light dinner, and then head out into the winter chill. He had only begun competitive running in September1908, and won the first race he entered - a 4-1/2-mile cross- country race in Manchester. Three months later, Renaud ran his first marathon - from Ashland,Mass., to Braves Field in Boston - and finished 13th."I never had anyone to train me except a chum named Fournier, who sometimes used to run with me until he had to drop out on account of the pace I set for him," Renaud said in a Telegraph story. At the urging of his father, the 19-year-old Renaud decided to enter the Boston Marathon field just two weeks before the annual Patriots Day event. He admitted in a post-race interview in The Telegraph that his sole motivation was to shave 30 minutes off his time in the December marathon. He didn't come close. Race day was a runner's nightmare. Cool temperatures under overcast skies are ideal conditions, especially for grueling, energy-sapping events like the Boston Marathon. When Renaud and the other 181 registered entrants awoke that Monday morning, they were greeted by unseasonably warm temperatures that reportedly reached 97 degrees at the start of the race. It was a debilitating turn of events for a group of athletes who had tailored months of training in cooler temperatures, only to be beset with conditions that would neutralize even the most elite runners. "The race of yesterday will take its place in the annals of the B.A.A. races as the most severe strain that well-trained athletes was ever subjected to," was how writer Lawrence J. Sweeney put in a Boston Globe article the day after the race. "The heat was intense, and the sun beat down upon the bedraggled runners as through a magnifying glass." But Renaud, who was accustomed to extreme heat because of the often stifling work conditions in the mill, didn't appear flustered. Only 164 runners showed up at the starting line in Hopkinton and just 73 would finish. "When I started I was nearly choked with dust,but when we got going a little, I did not mind it so much," Renaud told The Telegraph. "I ran my own race and refused to be coached by anybody,for I knew just what I could do and how fast I could run the distance. Some fellows wanted me to drop out, as they said I was all in when I reached Wellesley, but I am an American for speed and a Frenchman for gameness, and I guess that will hold them for a while." At Framingham, six miles into the race, Renaud had 52 runners ahead of him. Four miles later, in Natick, he had moved up to 35th place. Renaud would pass another 19 runners as he reached Commonwealth Avenue in Newton, just over the 17-mile mark. Just beyond Heartbreak Hill, with about five miles remaining, all that stood between Renaud and the finish line were Pat Grant and Harry Jensen. Renaud made quick work ofthe "fast-wearying" Grant, passing him in Coolidge Corner and with just over two miles remaining, surged past Jensen, who had won a marathon just eight days earlier. In fact, Boston was his fifth marathon since Feb. 6, when he finished second in an indoor marathon in Claremont. Grant was competing in his third Boston, having finished seventh in 1898 and dropping out at the18-mile mark in 1904. But neither runner was much of a match for the neophyte Renaud. "I got up to Jensen and Grant at Coolidge Corner, but I was sure that I could last longer than they, and I found that I could pass them without any trouble," Renaud told The Telegraph. "I found myself the leader and I ground my teeth together and said to myself, 'Henri, now is your chance,go do it.' I was determined that none should pass me if it cost me my life and began to plug for all I was worth." Just short of the finish line,Renaud spied his father in a car ahead of him and then saw the tape. "I was as fresh as when I started and was ready to go 10 miles more, at least I think so," Renaud said. When Renaud broke the tape, Jensen and Grant were a half-mile and nearly four minutes behind. His time of 2 hours, 53 minutes, 36seconds, was the third slowest in Boston Marathon history. Word of Renaud's victory quickly spread through Nashua and a large crowd of well-wishers greeted him upon his return by train. A testimonial dinner was held and Renaud became something of a celebrity. He was hired by the owner of a Lowell, Mass., theater to narrate an account of the race and later made a number of promotional appearances and ran road races around New England. But Renaud never again came close to duplicating his magnificent feat in Boston. He finished 24th in the1910 Boston Marathon and his interest in competitive running appeared to wane soon after. Renaud served in World War I and became a farmer in Hudson after his return to the area. According to reports, he also worked as a carpenter and real estate agent, but, the economic struggles brought on by the Great Depression forced Renaud to sell the trophy he was awarded for the Boston win.

As years passed and memories faded, the story of Henri Renaud slid deeper into the recesses of marathon history. But for one oppressive day in the spring of 1909, he was the best runner in the style="text-align:center" align="center">Here are several ways to donate directly:

The following charities will benefit the Boston Marathon Victims …

The One Fund Boston: Gov. Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Tom Menino established this fund after the attack. Visit to contribute.

As of Wednesday night, organizers said corporate and individual donors had contributed $7 million to the fund. Kenneth Feinberg, a Brockton native who ran the Sept. 11th Victims Compensation Fund and other high-profile accounts to assist people affected by disasters, has been named to administer the fund, probono.

Charity Navigator, which evaluates charitable organizations, usually recommends against supporting brand new funds set up in a time of crisis.However, the organization said on its website that the caliber of the OneFund’s leadership and media scrutiny “hopefully will help ensure that the fund does as it promises it will do.”

Coakley’s office said the One Fund is among charities “reputable and worthy of financial support from the public,” and organizations such as the American Red Cross have pointed donors to the One Fund if they want to directly support victims.

Organizers of the new fund already have filed paperwork to register as a nonprofit.

Red Cross: The American Red Cross, which has aided victims since Monday’s attack, is accepting donations to its Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund at Donors also can text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions assist Red Cross relief efforts everywhere.

As of Thursday, the organization had provided about 500 blood products to Boston-area hospitals, served some 7,000 meals and snacks and provided other services.

While Red Cross had enough blood to respond to the Marathon attack, it has a constant need for more, a spokeswoman said Thursday. In days and weeks ahead,Red Cross encourages donors to schedule an appointment to give blood by calling1-800-RED CROSS or visiting

Boston First Responder’s Fund: At least six Boston police and firefighters unions set up this fund after the bombing to aidvictims.

It is set up at the Boston Firefighters Credit Union. Visit to donate.

Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund: This nonprofit has established a Boston Marathon Relief Fund as part of its existing America’s Fund to assist victims of the bombing.

According to its website, the Semper Fi Fund has raised $74 million over the past decade to help injured or critically ill U.S. troops and their families.Assistance from the Boston Marathon Relief Fund “will start with the most critically injured and expand as we receive donations,” the website says.

To contribute, visit “yes” for the question, “Is this donation in support of an event,campaign or fundraiser?” Select “Boston Marathon Relief Fund” from the nextdrop-down menu.

Charity Navigator has given the Semper Fi Fund its highest four-star rating,and the group is registered both as a nonprofit and with the attorney general’s Non-Profit Organizations/Public Charities Division.

The Patriots and Robert Kraft: Patriots owner Robert Kraft has pledged to match up to $100,000 in donations to assist Marathon bombing victims through the charitable foundations of the New England Patriots and New England Revolution.

Contribute online at the field provided, donors should write “Boston Marathon.”

The website says Kraft will donate all contributions and his match to the One Fund.

Kraft’s foundations are registered with both the IRS and Coakley’s office.

Patriots players have pledged support, too.

Can’t donate financially? … GIVE blood! Whether or not you are able to donate financially, I recommend you consider giving blood on a regular basis. Set up an appointment with your local blood bank such as the Red Cross or Rhode Island blood Center. Your donation can save a life.

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On Apr-19-13 at 12:30:07 PDT, seller added the following information:

What is The GrammyFund?

My Grammy (as I’ve always called her) is frankly, extremely lowon cash and her house is falling apart.She is very thankful to have a roof over her head but at the same timethat roof is leaking … literally. Overthe next several weeks I will be listing various items from “Grammy’s attic” aswell as other items from family members who will be donating them towards theroof replacement as well as a large number of other immediate concerns.

Our first goal:$6,490.00 (Roof)

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