But Miles became a two-time winner of the Boston Marathon and a memorable figure in the history of the race, alongside Clarence DeMar, Bill Rodgers and the two John Kelleys. In 1983, he received the Order of Canada, its highest civilian award.
|Before the race began, the big story was the match-up between Clarence DeMar and Albin Stenroos, two of the greatest marathoners in the world. It ended up being the “unknown” from Nova Scotia that shocked everyone by winning the Marathon. Miles won it again in 1929, making him the only Nova Scotian to win the Boston Marathon twice, an unbelievable feat.
Johnny Miles was also a member of the Canadian Olympic Track Team in 1928 and 1932 where he placed 16th and 14th, respectively. He also won a bronze medal as a member of the 1930 British Empire Games Track Team. Miles has received several prestigious awards in recognition of his talents.
In 1929, he received the Will Cloney International Award for Sports, and in 1969 was inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. He received the Dalhousie Award in 1971 and in 1982 he was awarded the Order of Canada- this country’s highest honor. Johnny Miles holds a rightful place in Nova Scotia’s sport history, and he is honored annually by the “Johnny Miles Marathon” in New Glasgow. He is an Original Sport Hall of Fame Inductee.