|| The National Distance Running Hall of Fame
Class of 2005 Nominees
Gerry Lindgren – the original teen distance running phenomenon. He lowered the high school two-mile record from 9:26 to 8:40 in three consecutive meets. Lindgren’s high school record for the 5000-meters of 13:44.0 still stands today. He won the 10,000-meter in the US-USSR Meet and the U. S. Olympic Trials only to finish ninth with a sprained ankle in the Tokyo Olympics. Lindgren went to Washington State University, where he won nine NCAA Championships- three at 3-miles, three at 6-miles, and three cross-country. At Washington State Lindgren broke 8 records set by Jesse Owens at Ohio State. In the summer of 1965 he and Mills tied in setting a new world six-mile record of 27:22.6. His career was later sidetracked by injuries, but in recent years he once again begun running well as a top age group runner. He works as a personal coach.
Patti (Catalano) Dillon – first American women to break 2:30 for the marathon and was the second in the world to do so. Dillon set the American marathon record three times (1980 Montreal with a 2:30, New York City with 2:29 and 1981 Boston with 2:27:51). Set the American record in the 10K with a 32:08 at the Crescent City Classic. Dillon broke the American record in the 15K and the 10-mile. She also set a world record with a time of 1:08 in the 20K and held the 30K. Dillon is a four-time champion of the Honolulu Marathon and five-time champion of the Ocean State Marathon. Along with Joan B. Samuelson, Patty ignited the American running boom of the 1970’s and 1980’s. Patty coaches youth runners, still runs in road races and does motivational speaking around the country. Along with Hall of Fame Inductee Joan Benoit Samuelson, Dillon helps to ignite the running boom of the 1970s and ‘80s.
Jeff Galloway – has provided marathon-training program has provided an avenue of success for virtually everyone interested in the marathon distance since the early 1990’s. He has had a 98% success rate with beginners and recreational runners who are first time marathoners as well as more accomplished runners who have targeted marathon time goals. In 1970 Galloway won the Peachtree 10K with a time of 32:22. He was a member of the 1972 US Olympic team for the 10,000 Meters. Galloway one the Atlanta Marathon (1973) with a time of 2:57:35, Honolulu Marathon (1974) with a time of 2:23:02. He has authored “Galloway’s Book on Running” (1984) and “Marathon” (1996). In 1992 Galloway was inducted into the RRCA Hall of Fame. He also owns a National chain of franchised running stores called Phidippides.
Bob Schul - the 1964 Olympic Champion at 5,000 meters in Tokyo. He held five American and one world record. Schul is the only American Distance runner who has won a Gold Medal while being the favorite going into the Games. Picked by Sports Illustrated and Track and Field News to win the Gold Medal based on his having the fastest time in the world that year (13:38) at 5k (world record was 13:35), as well as setting a new world record in the two mile (8:26.4) and 3:58.9 in the mile. (All were run on dirt tracks)(The 13:38 is equal to a 13:14 on the all-weather tracks.) As a sophomore at Miami University (Ohio), He ran 4:12.1 in the mile for a new school record. During the outdoor season he went undefeated at 5000 meters, breaking the American records for three miles in 13:15.4 and the 5K in 13:38, running the last lap in: 54. (The world record was 13:35) After winning the USA vs. USSR meet, the National Championships and the first Olympic trials in June, he broke the world record for two miles. (8:26.4) He then ran his second mile under four minutes (3:58.9). Bob is one of only five Americans to win a Gold Medal in a distance race in Olympic history.
Joseph Kleinerman - Joseph Kleinerman was one to the co-founders of the RRCA in June of 1958 and subsequently a co-founder of the RRCA New York Chapter, which late became the New York Road Runners. He was highly ranked roadrunner in the “old days”. But he really made his mark in the sport as a leader. He was part of the team that launched the New York Mini Marathon in New York in 1972 the first ever women’s only road race. This pioneering effort led to many more U.S. Cities as well as international cities starting their own women’s only races. He was instrumental in changing the rules of the AAU, which did not permit woman to run with men in long distance races. This was the beginning of the movement, which later led to the inclusion of the long distance races including the marathon in the Olympics. We are all familiar with age groups in our races, but they didn’t exist until Joe created them early on in the New York Road Runners races. It was just one big category open or masters. Many of our Olympic athletes were in age group programs in middle school and high school. Joe passed away in November 2004, but the legacy he left behind will not and should not be forgotten.
Lewis “Deerfoot” Bennett – a Seneca Indian from the Cattaraugus Reservation, dominated the long-distance racing scene in the mid-19th century. Deerfoot won his first race in 1856 at the Erie County fair, running five miles in 25 minutes. His intuitive running paid off with a victory over the Irish Champion John Levett, running 10 miles in 53:35. During his 20-month European tour, Deerfoot went from mysterious runner, to entertainer, to world record holder. With the aid of pace makers, he set world records of 10 miles in 51:26 and 12 miles in 1:02:02. In August 1868, he won a five-mile race in Buffalo in 24:15, despite giving the rest of the field a quarter-mile head start. In 1857 Bennett beat the Massachusetts 10- mile Champion with at time of 56:19. He won the championship cup for the 10-mile (54:21) in England (1861). In 1862 Bennett set three world records, 10-mile (51:26), 12-mile (62:02) and a one-hour contest running 11 miles and 720 yards
Henry Stannard – The past was past. There once was a footrace -- in April of 1835 -- to find a man who could run 10 miles in less than an hour at the Union Course horse track in Queens; a Connecticut farmer named Henry Stannard did (59:48).
Greg Meyer – was the best American man to win the Boston Marathon. Meyer ran 2:09.00 in the Boston Marathon in 1983. He held the American record for the10 mile and was a sub 4-minute miler. Last American Male to win the Boston Marathon. Meyer Often in the shadow of his close friend Bill Rodgers. Meyer’s of top-level performances deserves jour consideration. Set ten American Road racing records at the following distances: 8K, 10K, 15K, 25K, Ten Mile. Set Two World Records in the 15K (Gasparilla 15K, Tampa, Fl.) and the Ten Mile (Cherry Blossom 10 Mile, Wash. D.C) Some of Meyer’s other accomplishments include United States Male Distance Runner of the Year 1983, nominated for the Sullivan Award (America’s highest amateur award) 1983, inducted into the following Halls of Fame ESPN Road Racing, Road Runners Club of American and Grand Rapids Sports. He also had victories at the following major races Detroit Marathon (1980), Chicago Marathon (1982), Boston Marathon (1983), Cascade Run Off (1980), Cherry Blossom (1983), 25K River Bank Run (seven times), National Cross Country Champion (1978). Meyer was one of the founding members of A.R.R.A, which was the first athletic union of road racing athletes. In the early 1980’s helped fight and win the right to earn prize money, starting with the Cascade Run off in 1980. After many of us were banned from running T.A.C. events (now USAT&F) due to the “contamination rule” dealing with professionalism, T.A.C. instituted the TAC Trust system, which eventual lead to open competition and the prize money the athletes today enjoy…not to mention an open Olympics.
Toshiko D’Elia - took up running to build stamina for mountain climbing, and that life-changing decision blossomed into a consuming passion for running. She was the first woman over fifty to break a three-hour marathon (2:57:25). D’Elia became a mainstay at marathons from New York City to Boston, always placing in her age group, if not outright winning in the master’s category. Toshiko and her late husband, Manfred D'Elia, founded the North Jersey Masters Track and Field Club. In 1976, D’Elia place third over all female at the New York City Marathon at the age of 46 with a time of 3:08:15. Recipient of Runner’s World Magazine Paavo Nurmi Award in recognition of being the first female over 50 to run a sub-three hour marathon in 1980. Also in 1980 she wrote her autobiography called “Running On”.
Wes Santee - was almost immortalize, but now is almost unknown; he could have been the first man to break the 4-minute mile and chased Bannister and Landy for the record. On Apr. 10, 1954 he ran and won 3 races for the Univ. of Kansas in probably the best single day of middle distance achievements ever by one person. He then ran an American record of 4:00.5 in 1955. He was banned from the AAU for taking expenses. Santee helped to rivet the attention on the chase for the mile, and also showing how rotten the governing bodies of running were in those days and can still be. Running Times, May 2004 issue will have a lot more about him. Also, there will be a big Hollywood film this year about the 4-minute mile and he will be in it. (It is the 50th anniversary of the 4 min mile this year). Santee is listed on Amateur Athletic Foundation World Trophy all-time winner’s list for 1954. The AAF discontinued the World Trophy after the 2000 award.
Dick Beardsley – is a two-time champion and course record holder of the Grandma’s Marathon and a two-time Olympic Marathon qualifier. He has the fourth fasted U.S. men’s marathon time in history (2:08:53). One of the most memorable moments of Beardsley career was the head to head battle at the 1982 Boston Marathon with Alberto Salazar. Salazar just edged Beardsley out at the end. After his competitive career ended in 1986 he suffered several devastating accidents. He has since bounce back and is running marathons again. He is a successful TV, radio, motivational speaker and author. Beardsley is also a member of Team New Balance. He has received the Minnesota Meeting & Events Association “Best Speaker Award”. Beardsley’s newest venture is a marathon running camp held each June and September.
William Steiner – was a U.S. Representative in the Jewish Olympics and the World Maccabiah Games (30 nations competed). In 1935 he place 1st in the marathon and took two second places in the 10,000 meter and 1,6000 meter relay team. Steiner has competed against Joseph McCluskey, Don Cash, Johnny Kelly and Olympic Champion Juan Carlos Zabala all of who he has traded wins with. In 1942 Steiner was ranked 8 in the world as a marathoner. He was ranked number one as an American Runner in the 20 Mile Run (1932), 20 Kilometer (1933) and in 30 Kilometer (1946 and 1947). In 1936, Steiner’s marathon team won the National Relay. Steiner in 1942, with a 7th place finish in the Boston Marathon had the tenth fasted time in the world. He also holds a third place (1934) and fifth place (1932) in the Boston Marathon. Steiner finished first in the Metropolitan Marathon (1932, 1934 and 1947), Metropolitan 15 and 20 Kilometers (1934) and Metropolitan 25 Kilometers (1936). In 1979 Steiner was elected to the Road Runner’s Club of America’s Hall of Fame.
Marty Liquori – was ranked number one in the world three times. In 1967 as a high school runner Liquori ran a 3:59.8 in the mile. He ended up having to enter events with older runners in order to be challenged. Liquori at the age of 19 made the 1968 Olympic Team. He won the NCAA mile in 1969, 1970 and 1971 and won nine straight Penn Relay titles. He also set four American records two in the 5,000. Liquori won 14 national titles and three straight Wanamaker Miles and defeat Jim Ryun in the “Dream Mile” with a time of 3:54.6. His best times in the mile is 3:52.2 at the King Games in Kingston, Jamaica (1975). He was a two time number one miler in the world.
Don Kardong – Stanford University record holder for the two, three and six miles. He ran his first marathon in 1972 with a time of 2:18:06. Kardong competed in the 1972 Olympic Trials in the marathon and 10,000 meters. In 1976, Kardong finished third in the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trails with a time of 2:13:54 and finished fourth in the 1976 Montreal Games with a personal best of 2:11:16. He won the Peachtree Road Race (1976), the Honolulu Marathon (1978), and the LeGrizz 50 Mile Ultra marathon (1987). Founding member and past president of the Association of Road Racing Athletes and past president of the Road Runner’s Club of America. Kardong is a commentator on running for television and radio. He has also published books on running such as “Bloomsday a City in Motion, “Thirty Phone Booths to Boston: Tales of a Wayword Runner” and Hills, Hawgs & Ho Chi Minh: More Tales of a Wayward Runner”. Kardong is also has been a Senior writer for Runner’s World Magazine since 1987. He is the founder of the Lilac Bloomsday Run in Spokane, Washington with over 50,000 entrants.
Amby Burfoot – finished 15 Boston Marathon including a win including a win in 1968 with a time of 2:22:17. He was the first American to win the Boston Marathon since 1957. Burfoot missed setting the American Record in 1968 held by Buddy Edelen by one second his was time 2:14:28.8. He dominated the national road racing circuit from 1968 through the mid- 1970’s. Burfoot won the Manchester Road Race nine times. He is the Executive Editor of Runner’s World Magazine. Burfoot has written several books on writing including Runner’s World Complete Book of Running.
Doug Kurtis – holds the World Record for the most career sub 2:20 marathons with a total of 76 and twelve were in one year. He also holds the record for the most marathon victories with 39. Kurtis is a five-time Olympic Marathon Qualifier (1980, 1984, 1988, 1992 and 1996). Road Runners Club of America has named him has named him Masters Runner of the Year three times (1992, 1993 and 1994). Also in 1994 USA Track and Field named Kurtis Master Runner of the Year. He was the Michigan Runner of the Year in 1985 and 1990. Kurtis was the first master in 41 of 60 marathons with 11 overall wins as a master. He has completed 184 marathons and one ultra marathon.
Fred Wilt – won ten National Championships NCAA Two-Mile run and four-mile cross country (1941), National AAU 10,000 meters, 5,000 meters and 10,000 meters cross country (1949), National AAU 5,000 meters (1950), National AAU indoor mile and 5,000 meters (1951), National AAU 10,000 Meters Cross Country (1952) and National AAU 10,000 Meters Cross Country (1953). Wilt set five National Records 10,000 meters (1949), 3,000 meter and 5,000 meters (1950), two-mile (1951) and indoor two-mile. He was also a member of two Olympic teams (1948 and 1952). Wilt won the Sullivan Award in 1950. He is also been inducted into the Indiana University Hall of Fame, Road Runners Club of America Hall of Fame (1974) and the USA Track and Field Hall of Fame (1981). Wilt is the founding editor of “Track Technique, Track & Field News’ technical journal”. He also has author and edited several Books including “How They Train”, Run, Run, Run”, and “Mechanics Without Tears”.
Mark Plaatjes – a native of South Africa, now a U.S. Citizen, he is the 1993 Marathon World Champion and the High Altitude Marathon World holder. He is a certified physical Therapist, specializing in Injury prevention.
Mark Nenow - held the American track record for the 10,0000 meters from 1986 to 2001 and was the first American to break 28 minutes in the 10K with a national record of 27.22.
Henry Marsh – was on four Olympic teams. He held ten national titles and four American records. Marsh is a five time All American in cross-country and track. He received the NCAA’s Ten Scholar-Athlete Award. Marsh’s life was one of the stories featured in the 1984 Olympic film “16 Days of Glory”.
Herb Lindsay – was a member of the 1978 World Cross Country team. In 1979, Lindsay set the 25K World Record with a time of 1:14:29 at the Old Kent River Run. Lindsay sent the American Record at the Maple Leaf Half Marathon with a time of 1:01:47. He set unofficial records in the 20K (58:38) and 10-mile (46:00). Lindsay took home the silver in the 5,000 meter at the 1979 Pan-American Games. He was inducted into the Road Runners Club of America’s Hall of Fame in 2001.
Marcy Schwam – began running as part of her training for tennis. In 1977 she on the Metropolitan 50K Championship. She set world records in a variety of long distance running, including 50 miles, 100 kilometers, 100 miles, 200 kilometers, 24 hours, 48 hours and six days. Schwan was the first woman to run 50 miles in under six hours.
Pricilla Welch – a holder of several masters’ women’s records at a variety of distances including the women’s masters marathon with a time of 2.26.51. Welch has won the following marathons 1983 Enschede Marathon, 1984 Columbus Marathon and the 1987 New York City Marathon. She took second at the 1984 and 1987 London Marathon and third place at the 1983 New York City Marathon and 1986 Chicago Marathon. Runner’s World Magazine named Welch the 1986 masters Woman Runner of the year, 1991 Masters runner of the Quarter Center and also voted best Female Masters Road Runner in the 1996 in their “100 Years of Running “ Issue. In 1988, Welch was named the Sportswoman of Colorado. She co-authored of “Masters Running and Racing” with Bill Rodgers. Welch has served as an athlete, spokesperson and consultant for Nike.
Buddy Edelen – the 1963 marathon record holder with a time of 2:14:28.While in high school Edelen set every cross-country and mile race he entered including a state mile record of 4:28.8. As a junior in college he was the Big Ten cross-country champion and won the two-mile event in track completions. He competed in the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trails (1964) finishing nearly 20 minutes ahead of his nearest competitor. He was the first American to have broken the 2:20 barrier. Edelen was inducted into the Minnesota Track and Field Hall of Fame.
Miki Gorman – started running at the age of 35. She ran the Culver City Marathon as her first marathon. She did not finish her first one but came and won it with a time of 2:46:36 for an American Record. It was the second fastest time ever recorded by a woman. She went to Boston (1974) the following spring and won it by almost 6 minutes with a time of 2:47:11. She was the first woman to finish the Boston Marathon in under three hours. The next year she won the New York City Marathon (1975). Gorman came in second at the Boston Marathon (1976). That season she won the women’s title in almost ever event she entered including the New York City Marathon with a time of 2:39:11. In 1977, she won Boston again with a time of 2:48:33 and won New York with at time of 2:43:10. She is the only female to win both Boston and New York twice. Gorman is the only runner to win Boston and New York in the same year.
Bob Larsen – was named the distance coach for the USA men’s track and field team at the 2004 Summer Olympics. He was the head coach at UCLA men’s Track and Field from 1985 – 1999 and their Cross Country head coach for 21 seasons. He led UCLA to two NCAA out Track and Field Championships (1987-88); nine additional Top 10 National Outdoor finishes, along with nine Pacific-10 titles including five consecutive from 1992-96. Under Larsen UCLA had twelve unbeaten seasons and four National Dual Meet Titles. He also coached Merahtom Keflezigh who took the silver medal in the 2004 Olympic Men’s Marathon. Larsen is a four-time NCAA Coach of the Year and a nine-time Pac-10 Coach of the Year.
Jean Driscoll – an eight-time winner of the Boston Marathon Wheelchair division. She is the only eight-time winner beating Hall of Famer Clarence DeMar’s record of seven wins. Driscoll won silver medals in the 1992 and 1996 Summer Olympics. She holds world records in the 10,000 meter track event as well as the 10k and marathon road racing. Sports Illustrated for Women recognized Driscoll as one of the top 25 female athletes of the twentieth century as well as honored by USA Track & Field, the Women’s Sports Foundation, Women’s Sports and Fitness Magazine and Wheelchair Sports USA.
Louis Gregory – during the 1930’s and into the mid 1940’s he was probably America’s top runner between 6-15 miles and sometimes longer events. He won some 19 US Canadian Championships. Gregory finished second at the 1942 Boston Marathon.
George Hirsch – served as publisher for both the Runner and Runner’s World Magazines. He has a tremendous impact of the directions of both the first and second waves of the “Running Boom”.
Wilma Rudolph – winner of three gold medals in the 1960 Olympics 100 meter, 200 meter and the 400-meter relay; the first women to win three gold medals in a single Olympics. Her first Olympics was the 1956 where her 200-meter relay team took home a bronze medal. Rudolph was only a sophomore in high school. In 1960, during the Olympic trials she set a world record for the 200-meter dash. Rudolph won the Sullivan Award in 1961. She also won President Clinton’s National Sports award in 1993. Rudolph has been inducted to the Black Sports Hall of Fame, the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame, and the National Women’s Hall of Fame. Her autobiography Wilma Rudolph on Track was turned into to movie in 1977.
Jon Sinclair – dominated the U. S. road racing. He took on and defeated some of the best road runners in the world. Sinclair held a national Cross Country Champion in 1980. Although he missed qualifying for the Olympics, Sinclair scored victories in some of the countries road races Bloomsday 12K (1983, 1986), Peachtree 10k (1982), Boilermaker Road Race (1989) the Tulsa Run 15K (1988 Cherry Blossom (1987) the Virginia 10 Miler (1982, 1988, 1991 and 1993) and the Elby’s 20K (1982 & 1983) to name some of them. He played a roll in the formation of the Association of Road Racing Athletes. The group tried to legitimize the direct payment of prize money to athletes base on their performance. Sinclair launched a successful career as a masters runner with wins at Gasparilla, Carlsbad, Bloomsday and Bix (two of those he won as a masters in the open division.)