Inducted in 2000
Elbridge Stevens
Born on March 15, 1903 in West Gouldsboro, Maine

Born in West Gouldsboro and educated in Bangor and Brookline, MA schools, Elbridge Stevens, in the 20's, ranked among the country's best distance runners on the road or cross-country.

Mrs. Barbara Neville of Bangor is curator of a collection of 13 trophies and 31 medals her dad won in regional and national competition, treasures her mother, Olive, and wife of Elbridge for 63 years had lovingly preserved.

Having moved to the Boston area in 1919, at age 16, he started running with kids and his older brother, Clifford, who reputedly ran with Andrew Sockalexis, the Olympic marathoner from Old Town.

Many of the races were handicap events in that era and Stevens often prevailed over runners accorded a considerable head start on him.

Soon Elbridge joined two major running organizations, the Dorchester Club and the Boston Athletic Association. In only his second year of competitive running, he took third in the New England 5-mile championship in 1921. In 1922 he was third in the AAU 10-mile in 1926 and 1928.

Running under the Dorchester Club banner, Stevens and mates won the New England cross-country championship in 1929. Later that fall, Dorchester added the national harrier title in New York's Van Cortland Park as Stevens finished in third place in the run over the muddy course. Elbridge was the veteran of the team at the ripe old age of 26.

Stevens was well regarded in the running fraternity. To wit, legendary marathoner Clarence DeMar came to Bangor, as late as 1940, to run in the Queen City's Labor Day race and visit with his old friend and competitor.

Stevens didn't run much after 1930, but kept in shape by walking. He died in 1995 at the age of 92.

Elbridge, deceased, is survived by his daughter, Barbara Neville.

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