Donald ("Don") Franklin Kardong (born December 22, 1948) is a noted runner and author from the United States; he finished a close fourth in the marathon at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, just three seconds behind the bronze medal winner.
|Full name||Donald Franklin Kardong|
|Born||December 22, 1948|
|Event(s)||Marathon, 5,000 meters|
|Achievements and titles|
|Olympic finals||1976 Marathon (4th)|
Kardong graduated from prestigious college-prep school, Seattle Prep in 1967, earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Stanford University in 1971, and, in 1974, another bachelor's degree in English and a teaching certificate from the University of Washington in Seattle. He then taught school in Spokane from 1974-1977 at Loma Vista Elementary. From 1977 to 1986, Kardong owned and operated a retail running store in Spokane; he founded the Lilac Bloomsday Run (12 km (7.5 mi)) in 1977.
As a journalist and author, Kardong was a contributing editor for Running magazine from 1980 to 1983, and a contributing editor (1983–1985) and senior writer (1985–1987) for The Runner magazine. Since 1987, Kardong has been a contributing writer for Runner's World magazine.
Kardong was president of the Road Runners Club of America from 1996 to 2000. He served as executive director of the Children’s Museum of Spokane from 2002 to 2004, and as race director of the Bloomsday run since then.
|1972||West Valley Marathon||San Mateo, CA||1st||Marathon||2:18:06|
|1976||Peachtree Road Race||Atlanta, Georgia||1st||10K||29:14|
|1976||Olympic Games||Montréal, Canada||4th||Marathon||2:11:15|
|1978||Honolulu Marathon||Honolulu, Hawaii||1st||Marathon||2:17:05|
- Thirty Phone Booths to Boston: Tales of a Wayward Runner (Macmillan Co., New York, 1985, selected an editor's choice of the American Library Association)
- Bloomsday: A City In Motion (Cowles Publishing, Spokane, WA, 1989)
- Hills, Hawgs and Ho Chi Minh (Keokee Co. Publishing, Sandpoint, ID, 1996)
- More than you'll ever need to know about Don Kardong at Don Kardong's official site (Internet Archive)
- "Olympics: Saturday's results". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). August 1, 1976. p. 4B.
- Payne, Bob (August 1, 1976). "Kardong: tired, happy, and close creation". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). p. D1.
- Payne, Bob (March 15, 1977). "Lilac Bloomsday Run - Kardong creation". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). p. 17.
- Payne, Bob (May 1, 1977). "It's 'Bloomsday' – and Spokane's ready to run". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). p. D1.
- Payne, Bob (May 2, 1977). "Horde of runners captures Spokane". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). p. 1.
- Kardong, Don (2003). "Shorter, Rodgers, and Who?". In Kislevitz, Gail Waesche (ed.). The Spirit of the Marathon: What to Expect in Your First Marathon and How to Run Them the Rest of Your Life. Halcottsville, New York: Breakaway Books. pp. 197–203. ISBN 978-1-891369-36-0.