5 Mile Handicap Road Run Trophy, won by Jim Thorpe

Description (Brief)
Oklahoma native Jim Thorpe (1888-1953) was awarded this trophy in 1914 for winning the 5 Mile Handicap Road Run held by the Bronxdale Athletic Club.
Thorpe, of mixed European and Native American descent, is considered one of the greatest-overall athletes in United States history. He was a star for the Carlisle Indian Industrial School, where he attained All-American honors in football. He went on to represent the United States at the 1912 Stockholm Olympics, winning gold medals in the decathlon and pentathlon. Thorpe went on to play professional football, baseball and basketball.
Thorpe's Olympic victories were revoked when it was discovered that he had made money playing semi-pro baseball, forfeiting his status as an amateur. The medals were reinstated to his family in 1983.
Currently not on view
Object Name
track trophy
trophy, track
date made
associated person
Thorpe, Jim
Physical Description
metal, silver (overall material)
overall: 10 in x 7 1/2 in; 25.4 cm x 19.05 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Highlights from the Culture and the Arts Collection
Track and Field
Sports & Leisure
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Culture and the Arts: Sport and Leisure
Highlights from the Culture and the Arts Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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