Title: Senior Gold Medalist
Location: Claremont, New Hampshire, United States
Ronald C. Whittemore, Senior Gold Medalist, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in sports.
Mr. Whittemore is a renowned long-distance runner and jumper whose prominence in the sports arena has been recognized for decades. Withstanding the test of time and complications of heart disease, he remains to this day a competitive sports enthusiast and has defied the odds to accomplish feats seldom seen at his age. He turned 80 years old last April.
Frequently highlighted in such prestigious publications as The Eagle Times and Valley News in their respective sports’ section, Mr. Whittemore was most recently featured in the July 2nd edition of The Eagle Times in recognition of the three gold medals he garnered at the Senior Olympic Games held in Burlington, VT. For his age group (80-84), he earned first place in the long jump, triple jump and 100-meter dash. Attending every National Senior Games since 1995, he notably jumped long enough to earn the title of number four in the all-time history of the Senior Games.
Involved in sports for the majority of his career, Mr. Whittemore ran his first marathon in Boston, MA, in 1961 and continued to run at least one mile per day, every day, for more than seven consecutive years. After struggling with asthma and heart conditions, including three heart attacks and a blood transfusion, he limited himself to short distance running, long jumps and triple jumps. In 2011, he surpassed his own expectations and achieved a bronze medal in the triple jump at the National Senior Games in Humble, TX. However, one of the highlights of his career was when he received his Masters All-American certificates.
Prior to delving into running and jumping, Mr. Whittemore was a computer programmer for a variety of companies throughout Vermont and New Hampshire, having earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Hawthorne College in 1984. Prior to these appointments, he served in the U.S. Navy from 1956 to 1960 and the U.S. Air Force from 1961 to 1965. Alongside his primary endeavors, he was the president of the Claremont Men’s Softball League and a chess coach at Stevens High School.
As a testament to his success, Mr. Whittemore was named an All-American by the USA Track and Field. In addition, he earned Fourth Place in the triple jump and Second Place in the triple jump at the National Senior Olympics in 2013 and 2017, respectively. He has additionally received a fellowship from the Data Processing Management Association for his achievements in computer programming. Enjoying sprinting, jumping, bicycling, reading and playing chess in his spare time, he is happily married to Lois Whittemore and has one daughter, Debbie.
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