Inducted in 1998
David Crawford
Born on June 21, 1949 in Camden, New Jersey
Education:
Bedford High School (MA), 1967
Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute, 1971
Masters Public Health, R.P.I.

A crack middle distance and cross-country runner in his school and college day and in Massachusetts and New York, Dave Crawford added two dimensions swimming and cycling - in his later adult years and mastered this combo to rank among the top triathletes in the world.

Crawford, an environmental engineer and health scientist from Cumberland after residency in Kennebunkport, has resoundingly affirmed the old claim that "Life Begins at Forty"; many of his hefty batch of honors have been earned since attaining that milestone.

Crawford set school records in the 880, 1,000-yard and mile at Bedford, MA High School. He rated with the top half-miler in New York State while running for Renssalaer Poly tech. Dave continued running in Massachusetts and Maine through the 70's and into the early 80's before attempting the triathlon or occasional biathlon (run and-bike).

By the mid 80's he was in full swing in the combinations from Maine and Nova Scotia to Indiana, Mexico, Hawaii and Australia, among other venues. He's been the top triathlete in Maine since 1988. And since turning 40 in June 1989, he's been a steady member of the world's elite. His wealth of accomplishments include: Three world championships; three nationals; two Master-of-the-Year citations. Also, a masters duathlon title, first in the 4044 bracket and overall.

One of Dave's most personally satisfying accomplishments - and probably most impressive to the man-in-the-street - came in the 1991 Boston Coors Light biathlon. Crawford ran right with no less a rival than Frank Shorter and then biked away to beat the 1972 Olympic Marathon gold medallist by three minutes.

The most broadly recognized Crawford feat undoubtedly was his victory in the 40-44 bracket of the national triathlon championships: It made one of Sports Illustrated's "Faces in the Crowd" Aug. 23, 1993. David and his wife, Marry Ann,e reside in Cumberland.

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