About Tom Fleming

Somewhere, someone in the world is training when you are not. When you race him, he will win.

— Tom Fleming, Two-time winner of the New York City Marathon


Tom Fleming (1951 – 2017) was an American runner who won the 1973 and 1975 New York City Marathon. He was also a two time runner-up in the Boston Marathon in 1973 and 1974 and finished six times in the top ten in the BAA marathon. Fleming was the winner of the Cleveland, Toronto, Los Angeles, Jersey Shore (3 times) and Washington DC marathons in the 1970s. He set a personal best of 2:12:05 in the Boston Marathon 1975, and was renowned for running 110 to 150 miles per week to train for road racing. He was awarded the United Nations Peace Medal in 1977. In May 2013, Fleming was inducted into the American RRCA Distance Running Hall of Fame, and in July 2014, into the National Distance Running Hall of Fame in Utica, NY.

Profile of runner Tom Fleming

A longtime resident of Bloomfield, New Jersey, he was the coach and founder of the three-time USA National Cross Country Champions Nike Running Room in Bloomfield (1990, 1991, 1992). For twelve years Tom was the meet director for the famous Sunset Classic 5 mile road race in his hometown of Bloomfield. This race raises money for special needs children in the Bloomfield Public Schools.

Fleming was a teacher and head coach of the varsity cross country, indoor and outdoor track & field teams at the Montclair Kimberley Academy. On April 19, 2017 Fleming died from a heart attack while coaching a track meet. He was 65.