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  National Distance Running Hall of Fame Honors Worldwide Publisher Emeritus of Runner’s World magazine, George Hirsch with George Sheehan Award

July 8, 2003 (Utica, New York) --
The National Distance Running Hall of Fame annually honors a journalist who has captured the spirit of running and has helped to enhance the sport through words and stories. George Hirsch, Publisher Emeritus of Runner’s World magazine at Rodale, Inc., will be honored with the George Sheehan Award For Outstanding Journalistic Contributions to the Sport of Distance Running, at the Hall’s Induction Ceremony on July 12, at 5 p.m. at the Stanley Performing Arts Center in Utica, New York.

Hirsch began his career at Rodale in 1987 as Publisher of Runner’s World when the publication merged with The Runner, a magazine that Hirsch had founded. In each of the past six years (1997-2002) Runner’s World has achieved records high in profitability and circulation. Under Hirsch’s leadership as publisher and then Worldwide Publisher, Runner’s World launched eight successful oversees editions. He has been instrumental in the launch of Runner’s World overseas and was named Vice President, Magazine Division in 1991. Hirsch was the first publishing director of Men’s Health magazine and served as director of international magazines at Rodale.

Prior to joining Rodale, Hirsch was founding publisher and president of New York magazine, founding publisher and president of New Times magazine, and assistant publisher of Life International and Life En Espanol at Time, Inc. According to The Media Industry Newsletter, Hirsch has been a magazine publisher longer than any person in the business.

Hirsch was the 1986 Democratic candidate for Congress in New York’s Silk Stocking District. He was a founder of the New York City Marathon, and served on the President’s Council on Physical Fitness (1986-88), and was the Vice Chairman of the New York City Sports Commission. He has been a frequent television commentator for major racing events including three Olympic Games and nearly every major U.S. marathon including Boston and New York. He is chairman of the Magazine Publishers of America International Committee and serves on the Board of Directors of Salon Media Group.

A graduate of Princeton University (magna cum laude), Hirsch also received his MBA from the Harvard School of Business. He resides in New York City with his wife, Shay Hirsch. They have four sons.

"Through his Publisher's Letter, the first column in Runner's World magazine for nearly 20 years, George Hirsch set a tone and example that inspired all runners,” Amby Burfoot, Executive Editor of Runner’s World magazine said. “Whether he was writing about his own running, or his wife's or his children's, or addressing one of the important issues of the sport, he always found an emotional point of entry that the magazine's 2 million readers could easily relate to."

The National Distance Running Hall of Fame will present Hirsch with an artist’s rendition of a bronzed typewriter during the ceremony. The National Distance Running Hall of Fame also houses a replica of the award, which lists Hirsch and previous award winners, Kenny Moore, Dick Patrick, Bert Rosenthal, and Amby Burfoot. “Hirsch is remarkably influential in the sport of distance running, as well as health and wellness, and a perfect example of how the talent and dedication of one person can further a cause and alter the course of life for those he inspires,” John Petrone, co-director, National Distance Running Hall of Fame, said. “We are honored to add him to the list of people whose aptitude and contributions to the sport of distance running will be immortalized at the Hall of Fame.”

 

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