Ron Daws

Ron Daws

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Ron Daws
Event marathon
Height 6'0" (183 cm)
Weight 146 lbs (66 kg)
Nationality United States
PR 3 miles – 14:02.4 (1968); Marathon – 2-23:45 (1967)
Born June 21, 1937
Died July 28, 1992
Club Twin Cities Track Club

Ronald H. "Ron" Daws (1937-1992) was an American marathon runner.

He also was an artist who preferred working in watercolors, an author who had written two books on running and was working on a third when he died at age 55. He was a burgeoning cross country skier, a lecturer and a running coach. He had been a research analyst for the Minnesota Department of Jobs and Training for about 30 years.[1]

In Daws' first book, "The Self-Made Olympian", (1971), he explained the system. His second book, "Running Your Best" (1985), also included workout charts, quotes and anecdotes gathered from 25 years at the top of his sport. He also wrote articles for Runner's World magazine. He was commissioned by the magazine to paint watercolor collages of five or six famous runners. His work was published in the magazine's 1988 Olympic section. He also illustrated his second book.[1]

Running career

Ron Daws was a distance runner at the University of Minnesota and later turned to the marathon. He won the AAU marathon in 1967. At the Boston Marathon, he placed fourth in 1969 and fifth in 1968, his best finishes. Daws also ran in the 1967 Pan American Games marathon, but failed to finish.

Daws ran the marathon at the 1968 Summer Olympics and finished 22nd in 2:33:53.0.

He continued running marathons until 1983 and took many young runners under his wing. He continued to compete in 10Ks and 5 milers.[1]

Ron began dating Marlene Larson in high school and they married after he finished college. They had three children, Aaron, Kathleen and Darryl. Ron and Marlene, after many years of marriage, divorced. He then married for one year and later divorced Lorraine Moller.

In 1986, Daws was inducted into the RRCA Hall of Fame. The Minnesdota Distance Running Association (MDRA) named its 25K in Daws honor in 1993.[2] The Grandma's Marathon presents a "Ron Daws Ambassador Award" each year "to an individual who has been a leader in the development and growth of long-distance running and who has a shared commitment to be an ambassador of Grandma's Marathon."[3]

Ron died on July 28, 1992 of a massive heart attack with unrecognized symptoms at the age of 55 years.

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