United States of America
TeamUnited States of America
Games Participations1
First Olympic GamesMunich 1972
Year of Birth1949


Jon Anderson ran for Cornell and Team Nike from the late 60s into the early 80s. While at Cornell he won the Ivy League and Heptagonal cross-country titles in 1970. Anderson graduated from Cornell in 1971 and then made the 1972 US Olympic team at the Final Trials in his hometown of Eugene, Oregon, while his father, Les Anderson, the mayor of Eugene at the time, watched from the stands.

Anderson later left the track, running mostly marathons and cross-country. He competed once at the International Cross-Country, finishing 10th in 1977. His greatest career victory came in 1973 when he won the Boston Marathon. He also won the Honolulu Marathon and the Antwerpen Marathons in 1981. He recorded his marathon PR of 2-12:03 while finishing fourth at the 1980 Nike OTC Marathon in Eugene.

Anderson is a member of the Cornell University Athletics Hall of Fame, the Road Runners Club of America Hall of Fame, and the Nike Walk of Fame. He later became president and publisher at Random Lengths Publications, which deals in market reports on forest products.

Personal Bests: 3 miles – 13:18.6 (1972); 5000 – 13:45.8 (1972); 6 miles (27:40.2 (1973); 10000 – 28:34.2 (1972); Mar – 2-12:03 (1980); 3000S – 9:01.0 (1970).

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