Laurence Eugene Myers

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Laurence Eugene Myers was born in Richmond, Virginia back in 1858.  He was in the first graduating class of Richmond High School. After graduation, the family moved to Jersey City, New Jersey and then to New York City, where he became a bookkeeper. 

He began running competitively in 1878 for the Knickerbocker Yacht Club, he changed for the bulk of his career for the Manhattan Athletic Club.  He died of pneumonia on his 41st birthday in New York City.

What you may not know about Laurence AKA “Lon” Myers is that he won 28 national championships.  He also set world records and 11 different distances and held every American record for races of 50 yards to one mile. He set the world quarter-mile record while running the final 120 yards without his right shoe.  He finished another race that he won running sideways, in conversation with a runner who had boasted that he would defeat him.  From 1880 to 1888 he held the world records in the 100-yard, 440-yard and 880-yeard races.  I wonder what else he could have accomplished had he lived longer?

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Comments (16)

Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi James - quite an athletic career.  Too bad the it ended so soon.

Apr 20, 2021 03:41 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning again, James... to be honest, I had no idea people were racing back in the day to this extent. Learn something new in the Rain every day, it seems.

Apr 20, 2021 04:23 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

Good morning James,

He was quite a runner and he probably would have more records at different age brackets!

Make yourself an awesome day.

Apr 20, 2021 04:53 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. As someone with bad knees who can't run, I applaud his abilities. Truly amazing. Enjoy your day.

Apr 20, 2021 05:11 AM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:


Sounds like a facinating man.  His accomplishments emind me of my grand daughter. a Traack and Swimming superstar.   Make it the best Taco Tuesday, thanks for your post today.  Bill Salvatore 

Apr 20, 2021 05:20 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Okay, my first reaction was that even someone so fit can die from lack of breath. He was truly an amazing athelete. I wonder if any of his records still stand today.

Apr 20, 2021 05:24 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Wow, he had so many accomplishments during his short life.  Running has never been something that I enjoyed.

Apr 20, 2021 05:24 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this story.

Take care be safe and have a great day.

Apr 20, 2021 06:43 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Good morning James,

What an unusual hobby Laurence had.  Thank you for sharing this with us.   Happy Tuesday.  A

Apr 20, 2021 07:01 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - Mr Myers' feat was unknown to me.  

Apr 20, 2021 07:06 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning James! Running sideways, huh? Now that is a case of taunting!

Apr 20, 2021 07:16 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi James- I got tired just reading about all of his running. What a shame that he died at such a young age. 

Apr 20, 2021 09:29 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Thank you for sharing and introducing this man to us. I was wondering if he also came up with taunting but I guess that has been around since the biblical days. You're having a wonderful day James 🙂

Apr 20, 2021 10:43 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

That's quite a string of athletic accomplishments. Who know what else he might have achieved.

Apr 21, 2021 05:26 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

It is hard to imagine that someone as fit and young as Laurence Eugene Myers could have died from pneumonia. Medical advances over the roughly 120 years since his death have benefited so many of us.

Oct 03, 2021 01:43 PM