Furman Kugler

Inducted in 1995 for Veteran Road & Track Competitor (Pre-1945)


Furman was born in 1922 in Somerville, NJ. In 1937 he won the Junior State Championships, the National Junior Championships in Chicago and the National Junior Dirt Track Championships. He won the Senior National Championships in 1940 and the 50 mile Tour of Somerville, defeating champions from the US and Canada. He won the Tour of Somerville again 1941 setting a national record of 2 hours 5 minutes and 7 seconds. In 1939 and 1940 sports writers credited Kugler with being the world's unofficial amateur champion. Furman died in an accident aboard the USS Wichita off the Ryukyu Islands of Japan in 1945.

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