This is a story about a teenage running legend from Toronto. 

The year was 1962. At the British Empire and Commonwealth Games, in the sweltering heat of an Australian summer, 18 runners lined up on the track at the start of the men’s six-mile race. It was an impressive field that included Olympic medallists and past Commonwealth champions.

Among these men was a young Canadian, a University of Toronto student named Bruce Kidd. 

RELATED: Bruce Kid: Agitator. Intellectual. Runner.

On this week’s episode of The Shakeout, we take you back to our conversation with this running legend, to relive the race 56 years ago, when a 19-year-old Kidd ran to secure his place as one of the greatest long-distance runners, not only in Canada, but also on the world stage.

Audio excerpts are taken from the documentary film, Runner, directed by Don Owen and narrated by W.H. Auden.

We would like to thank the Ontario Media Development Corporation for their contributions to this podcast.


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