Bruce MacDonald
Personal information
Full nameBruce Duncan MacDonald
NationalityAmerican
Born(1927-10-22)October 22, 1927
DiedMarch 30, 2020(2020-03-30) (aged 92)[1]
Sport
SportAthletics
Event(s)Racewalking

Bruce Duncan MacDonald (October 22, 1927 – March 30, 2020) was an American racewalker. He competed at the 1956, 1960 and the 1964 Summer Olympics.[2] He competed in his first Olympics at the age of 29.[3] He worked four additional Olympics, two in the capacity of team manager and two more as an official.

Before his success as a race walker, he finished sixth in the 60 yard hurdles at the 1946 indoor national championships while competing for Bayside High School.

Following his first Olympic appearance, he started coaching, establishing the track and cross country program at Schreiber High School. He stayed there for 45 years.[4] In 2015, at the age of 87, his uninsured house burned down. His former athletes gathered together to raise $70,000 for him.[5]

MacDonald also won two golds at the first Masters National Outdoor Track & Field Champions in 1968 at San Diego. [6] MacDonald was mentioned several times in the Ohio Racewalker magazine [7]

References

  1. ^ "USATF mourns the passing of Bruce MacDonald". USA Track & Field. April 1, 2020. Retrieved April 4, 2020.
  2. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Bruce MacDonald Olympic Results". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on April 18, 2020. Retrieved November 28, 2017.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on April 17, 2020. Retrieved November 15, 2020.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ Brazeil, Kyle. "Olympic Race Walker & LI Coach Bruce MacDonald Passes". MileSplit New York.
  5. ^ "Former Students Rally For Bruce MacDonald, Coach Who Lost Home In Fire". January 19, 2015.
  6. ^ Program. Masters History. [1] Retrieved Dec 16, 2020
  7. ^ Ohio Racewalk. [2] Retrieved Dec 16, 2020