Bruce Bickford
Personal information
Born (1957-03-12) March 12, 1957 (age 66)
East Benton, Maine, U.S.
SportTrack, long-distance running
Event(s)3000 meters, 2-mile, 5000 meters, 10,000 meters
College teamNortheastern
Coached byBob Sevene
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)3000m: 7:48.4[1]
Indoor 2-mile: 8:28.2[1]
5000m: 13:13.49[1]
10,000m: 27:37.17[1]
½ marathon: 1:01:57[2]
Marathon: 2:18:57[2]
Medal record
Men's Athletics
Representing the  United States
Pan American Games
Gold medal – first place 1987 Indianapolis 10,000 metres

Bruce Emery Bickford (born March 12, 1957) is a retired long-distance runner from the United States. He claimed the gold medal at the 1987 Pan American Games in the Men's 10,000 metres, and represented his native country in the 1988 Summer Olympics.[3] He set his personal best (27:37.17) in the 10,000 metres in 1985 in Stockholm, Sweden. Bickford won a gold medal in the 1989 United States Olympic Festival Half Marathon.

Running career

High school

Bickford graduated from Lawrence High School of Fairfield, Maine where he began his climb to stardom under the direction of his late coach, David F. Martin. Bickford played basketball in his freshman year of high school, and ran cross country for the first time as a sophomore.[4] As a high-schooler, Bickford set the state record for Maine in the indoor 2-mile, with a time of 9:09.5, which he set in 1975 at the Dartmouth Relays.


He then went on to Northeastern University and was elected to the Northeastern University Athletics Hall of Fame in 1991. He was also inducted into the Maine Running Hall of Fame and the Maine Sports Hall of Fame. In 1977, Bickford set and still holds one of Northeastern University's longest standing track records in the 3,000 meter steeplechase, with a time of 8:33.6.


After his undergraduate studies, Bickford's first professional affiliation was with New Balance.[4][3] Later into the 1980s he also raced in the Athletics West singlet, and was coached by Bob Sevene. Bickford finished second overall in the 1986 Philadelphia Distance Run behind New Balance teammate Mark Curp, finishing the half marathon in 1:01:57.[5] He ran the men's 10,000 meters at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, and finished in last place among the finishers in 29:09.74, after a bout of food poisoning.

Where He Is Now

Bickford now works at Lewiston Middle School in Lewiston, Maine, he works as a teaching assistant, substitute teacher and hall monitor. His favorite is working with Team Voyageur and Team Denali.


  1. ^ a b c d "IAAF: Bruce Bickford - Athlete Profile". IAAF. Retrieved February 3, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Association of Road Racing Statisticians. "Runner profile: Bruce Bickford".
  3. ^ a b "Bruce Bickford Biography and Olympic Results". Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 2 March 2011.
  4. ^ a b Maine Running Hall of Fame. "Bruce Bickford: Better than Basketball".
  5. ^ Emmett Grogan (October 1986). "Washington Running Club Newsletter: McGovern Top WRC Individual; Men Win Title at Philadelphia" (PDF). Retrieved August 21, 2016.