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Jon W. ( Jack) Fultz B’76 won the Boston Marathon in 1976. The run-for-the-hoses, as the marathon became known, was held in 100-plus degree temperatures on April 19. Fewer than 40 percent of the 1,898 starters completed the race but Fultz was able to maintain his rhythm and survive the oppressive conditions. Taking over the lead with six miles to go, he crossed the finish line in a time of 2:20:19 and became only the fifth American to win the race since World War II.