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April 21, 2018

Bob Tysen

Birth: February 23, 1956

Home Town: Washington, D.C.

Inducted as: Athlete

Inducted for: Speed Skating, Cycling

Inducted in: 2008


Bob came to competitive sport relatively late in life, distinguishing
himself in long-distance speed skating and cycling events.

Six-time U.S. masters marathon speed skating champion, Bob never lost a
marathon, winning 33 consecutive races. In 2003-04 Bob ended his career
by winning the last six ice marathons of the year, over competitors of
all ages. Many times a North American and U.S. marathon champion over
25 and 50 kilometres, Bob also set age-class records in 5,000- and
10,000-metre events.

As an inline competitor, Bob won the Ontario Cup title in 2002. The
next year he was third overall in the Canada Cup.

Bob competed inthe NORBA world mountain bike championship in 1987 and he was
1991 eastern Canada and Canadian masters champion in cyclocross. Bob
represented Canada at a world mountain bike championship. He also raced
bicycles on the road, setting a course record in a Race Across America
qualifier, completing 530 miles in 28 hours. He held 24-hour cycling
records in both Canada and the U.S., 436 miles.

A founding member and coach of the Kingston Striders Speed Skating
Club, Bob also competed internationally in marathons and duathlons.