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Tom Longboat wins June 1917 sports competition in France

Toronto Star

Thursday, June 28, 1917

Transcribed by: M. I. Pirie

Tom Longboat served with the 107th Pioneer Battalion and survived the war.


Indian Runner Won 3 Mile Cross Country Race in France.

By Stewart Lyon, Canadian Press Correspondent With the Canadian Press.

Canadian Headquarters in France, June 28.--Sports held by the army with which the Canadian corps is connected resulted in the rediscovery of Tom Longboat, the famous Canadian Indian runner.  In a three-mile cross-country race Longboat romped home well in advance of some of the most famous British and Canadian runners, without even extending himself.  He had a great reception from his regimental comrades.

The tug-of-war competitions were won by a British Columbia battalion and the Canadian heavy artillery, with the English Infantry, and artillery teams in second place.

The British won the artillery drive easily, a Canadian battery taking second.