Geoff Smith (long-distance runner)

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Geoffrey ("Geoff") Smith (born 24 October 1953) is a British long-distance runner who won the Boston Marathon in both 1984 and 1985.

Notable Information[edit]

  • Smith's best time in the marathon was 2:09:08, when he finished 2nd to Rod Dixon in the New York City Marathon in 1983. Smith only lost by nine seconds.
  • Smith was a senior at Providence College when he won the 1984 Boston Marathon.
  • Both of Smith's wins at Boston were by strong margins. His 1984 win was by over four minutes.
  • Competed in the Olympics for Great Britain in the 1980 10000m race and the 1984 marathon
  • Works as a middle school teacher and lives in Mattapoisett, Massachusetts as of 2004.[1]
  • Has not run at the Boston Marathon since 1990
  • Worked as a firefighter for ten years in the United Kingdom after his high school graduation. Entered Providence College in 1980 at the age of 26.
  • Ran a 3:55 mile in Wales in 1982
  • Was the last person to win the Boston Marathon before the race organizers began giving out prize money to the winners.[2]
  • Stopped running in the early 1990s having suffered hip problems since birth. Had both hips replaced and has started running again in June 2013. Is coaching local runners South of Boston.
  • In 1982 won the world class Bermuda 10K on a very hilly course in a record time of 28:14, although many world class runners have attempted this race over the years since, none have been any closer than 54 seconds behind this record.


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  United Kingdom
1980 Olympic Games Moscow, Soviet Union 7th (Q) 10000 m 30:00.01
1983 New York City Marathon New York, United States 2nd Marathon 2:09:08
1984 Boston Marathon Boston, United States 1st Marathon 2:10:34
1984 Olympic Games Los Angeles, United States Marathon DNF
1985 Boston Marathon Boston, United States 1st Marathon 2:14:05
1987 World Championships Rome, Italy Marathon DNF

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Cool Running :: 20 Years Later: An Interview with Two-Time Boston Marathon Winner Geoff Smith
  2. ^