Nina Kuscsik

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Nina Kuscsik (born January 2, 1939) is a retired female long-distance runner from the United States.

She was the first woman to officially win the Boston Marathon, 1972.[1] Alongside Beth Bonner, Kuscsik became the second American woman to complete a marathon in under three hours, running a time of 2:56:04 at the 1971 New York City Marathon (Bonner did so in the same race with 2:55:22).[2]

Kuscsik is a former American women's record-holder for a 50-mile run, through her run of 6:35:53 in 1977 in Central Park, New York.[3] She continued running into her later years and was the first woman to finish the Empire State Building Run-Up in 1979, 1980 and 1981.[4]

In addition to her running feats, she was New York State women's speed skating champion, New York State women's roller-skating champion, and New York State women's bicycling champion, all in same year.[citation needed]


  • All results regarding marathon, unless stated otherwise
Year Competition Venue Position Notes
1972 Boston Marathon Boston, United States 1st 3:10:26[5]
New York City Marathon New York, United States 1st 3:08:41[2]
1973 New York City Marathon New York, United States 1st 2:57:07[2]


  1. ^ "Nina Kuscsik". Distance Running. Retrieved 24 April 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c N.Y. Road Runners site (results archive accessed via "Runner Tools") Retrieved 6 May 2012
  3. ^ "RRCA Hall of Fame Inductees 1980 - 1989". Road Runners Club of America. Retrieved 6 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "Nina Kuscsik". New York Road Runners. Retrieved 25 April 2015. 
  5. ^ "Boston Marathon History: Past Women's Open Champions". Boston Athletic Association. Retrieved 6 May 2012. 

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