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Jon Anderson is a lifelong resident of Eugene, Oregon, where he was coached by the legendary Bill Bowerman. Anderson is credited with contributing to the establishment of Eugene as a “mecca” for running. He is best known for his remarkable 1973 Boston Marathon win on a hot, sunny day. Anderson, just 23, passed Finland’s defending champion Olavi Suomalainen after 20 miles to take the lead and win by nearly two minutes with a time of 2:16:03. That race also made him the first runner to win any major international sporting event in Nike shoes.
Anderson did not start competitive running until his senior year in high school, but still ran a 9:34 two-mile as a prep. While competing collegiately at Cornell University, he won the Ivy League Cross Country title his senior year. His third place in the six-mile at the NCAA Track & Field Championships his junior year earned him All-American status.
Anderson won his first marathon title at the 1971 Petaluma Marathon (CA). Upon graduating from Cornell University in 1972, he finished third at the Olympic Trials in the 10,000 meters qualifying for the 1972 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team. At the 1972 Munich Olympic Games, he placed 8th in his 10,000 meter heat, not qualifying for the finals, but still setting a personal record (28:34.2).
In 1973, following his Boston win, Anderson placed fourth in the international and highly competitive Fukuoka Marathon, which at the time was the unofficial world championship. Later, he won the 1975 Nike OTC Marathon in Eugene, and he represented the United States at the 1977 World Cross Country Championships, finishing 10th. He set his personal best marathon at the 1980 Nike OTC Marathon, placing fourth and recording a 2:12:08. In 1981 he also won both the Antwerp Marathon in Belgium and the Honolulu Marathon in Hawaii. He retired from competition in 1984, after running his second and third best marathon times, placing fifth in a marathon in Japan and fourth in one in Seoul, Korea.
He currently serves on the University of Oregon Foundation’s Board of Trustees. He resides in Eugene with his wife, Terri, and youngest son, Drew. He has two older children, Clark and Erica.
Shalane Flanagan is a distinguished American runner who grew up in Marblehead, Massachusetts. She currently holds six American records: 3000 meters (indoor), 5000 meters (indoor), 10,000 meters, 10K, 15K and 25K. She attended Marblehead High School, where she excelled in cross country and track. She attended the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where she won national cross country titles in 2002 and 2003 — becoming the first individual champion in the sport in Tar Heel history. Flanagan ran the 10,000 meters for the first time at the 2008 Stanford Payton Jordan invite, finishing in a time of 30:34.49 to break Deena Kastor’s American record of 30:50.32.
At the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials held in Eugene, Oregon, Flanagan competed in both the 5000 meters and 10,000 meters, winning the 10,000 meters in 31:34.81. This guaranteed her a spot on Team USA for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. On August 16, 2008, Flanagan finished 3rd in the Olympic 10,000 meter final, capturing the bronze medal. In that race, she also set an American record of 30:22.22, bettering her own mark from earlier that year. She is only the second American woman to win an Olympic medal in the 10,000 meters. On January 14, 2012, Flanagan won the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in Houston, Texas, setting the event record, clocking 2:25:38, and later, the 2011 World Cross Country Championships bronze medalist represented Team USA at the 2012 London Olympic Marathon, finishing 10th in 2:25:51.
In 2014, Flanagan had another banner year. On March 15 in Jacksonville, Florida, Flanagan won the USA 15K road title at the Gate River Run, setting an American record of 47:00, besting Deena Kastor’s record of 47:15 set in 2003. On April 21, Flanagan led the Boston Marathon women’s race through 19 miles, ultimately finishing seventh in a personal best of 2:22:02, making her the third fastest female American marathoner ever. On September 28, Flanagan placed third in the Berlin Marathon, with a personal record of 2:21:14. It was the second fastest time ever by an American woman for 26.2 miles, only 98 seconds behind Kastor’s 2006 London Marathon time of 2:19:36.
Flanagan also holds a unique distinction: being part of the only mother-daughter combination in the RRCA Hall of Fame. Her mother Cheryl Treworgy was inducted into the RRCA Hall of Fame in 1988. The 18-time USA champion, who is married to Steven Edwards and currently resides in Portland, Oregon, is training to defend her title at the upcoming U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in Los Angeles.
Bob Larsen is a Hall of Fame distance and track & field coach, known mainly for coaching distance runners, although he has had success coaching across a full range of events. Larsen is arguably the most highly decorated distance and track & field coach in the United States. Overall, he has achieved extraordinary success as a coach at every level, high school, community college, university and Open divisions, as portrayed in a recent documentary film about his career, “City Slickers Can’t Stay with Me.” The film can be accessed at the following link: www.boblarsenfilm.com
At Monte Vista High School, his teams went undefeated for three years. At Grossmont College, he was inducted into the California Community College Cross County and Track & Field Coaches Hall of Fame in 1976. In the same year, his off-campus club, Jamul Toads, which included his current and alumni athletes, won the National Cross Country Championships in a huge upset.
In 1979, Larsen was the head distance coach overseeing the UCLA cross country program. By 1984, he succeeded Jim Bush as head track & field coach. He enjoyed 21 seasons of cross country and 16 seasons of track & field at UCLA, winning two NCAA outdoor team titles (1987-88). The Minnesota native was National Coach of the Year three times (1987-88, 1995) and Pac-10 Coach of the Year nine times. In 1980 he was NCAA National Cross Country Coach of the Year. His remarkable dual meet record was 118-3-1. His teams also scored twelve unbeaten seasons, and never lost to UCLA’s crosstown rival, USC.
In 1995, Larsen was named the Coach of the Year by the United States Track Coaches Association. In 1999, he retired from UCLA and co-founded Team Running USA (now Mammoth Track Club) in 2001. Over the years, the Mammoth Track Club has been the training base for many elite American distance runners and is widely regarded as one of the premier distance training centers in the United States. For the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, Larsen was selected as Team USA’s distance coach.
In 2003, Larsen was elevated to the United States Track Coaches Association Hall of Fame, and in 2005, the United States Track Coaches Association bestowed upon Larsen yet another award, the Bill Bowerman Award, for his lifelong contributions to the sport of distance running. On December 5, 2009, USA Track & Field presented Larsen with the Robert Giegengack Award, which annually recognizes the person who has “made an outstanding contribution to the development and success of USA Track & Field and the larger community of the sport.”
Larsen, a 2005 Running USA Hall of Champions inductee, has coached his most notable athlete, Meb Keflezighi, since Keflezighi’s UCLA freshman days. Keflezighi’s accomplishments include four NCAA titles, an American record at 10,000 meters, silver medalist at the 2004 Athens Olympic Marathon, fourth at the 2012 London Olympic Marathon, winner of the 2009 New York City Marathon, and winner of the 2014 Boston Marathon, the first American male to win Boston in 32 years. Keflezighi’s victory at Boston further solidified Larsen’s stature as one of America’s greatest distance coaches ever.
Beyond his achievements as a coach, Larsen is widely recognized for his integrity, his ethics and his selfless and humble nature, all of which have earned him the respect of his peers.
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Sara Mae Berman: pioneer, marathon champion, women’s running advocate
Sara Mae Berman is a distinguished American distance runner. She was born in the Bronx, New York on May 14, 1936. Berman came from a generation in which women were not encouraged to be athletic, especially after having children. Berman was attracted to running longer distances. She, along with a group of female runners, actively campaigned for equal rights for women in the sport of distance running. Berman’s running accomplishments are impressive. She competed in her first road race in June 1964 as an unofficial entrant in the 5-Mile Handicap Race in Marlborough, Massachusetts. Just seven year later, she had won the Boston Marathon three times, before women were recognized as official participants (1969 in 3:22:46; 1970 in 3:05:07 (unofficial course record, bettering the previous record by more than 16 minutes and finishing in the second best time in the United States that year) and 1971 in 3:08:30). In 1970, she won the first RRCA Women’s Marathon Championship in Atlantic City, NJ, besting a field of six female starters with a time of 3:07:10. That same year, she also finished third in the inaugural New York City Marathon women’s division. In 1971, she turned in a personal best marathon time of 3:00:35 at the Plodders Marathon in Brockton-and-Avon, Massachusetts.
Her accomplishments in the sport however, extend well beyond the race course. Berman was the first female RRCA officer, serving as Vice President from 1966-67. She was one of the original road race course certifiers in New England in the 1960s. She, along with her husband, certified the Boston Marathon course in 1967 so that it would be accurately measured enabling runners to qualify on the course for the United States Olympic Trials Marathon, which were held in 1968 in Alamosa, Colorado. Her work as a race course certifier played a pivotal role in legitimizing the sport of distance running and making records verifiable across the United States Berman and her husband were one of the original running couples in the United States.
Jack Daniels: Olympic medalist, coach, author
Jack Daniels was born in Detroit, Michigan on April 26, 1933. He is a professor of physical education and a coach of Olympic athletes. He received his doctoral degree in exercise physiology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Daniels first achieved prominence in athletics as a member of the 1956 and 1960 United States Olympic teams. He is a two-time Olympic medalist in the modern pentathlon, winning a silver medal at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Olympics and a bronze medal at the 1960 Rome Summer Olympics. The modern pentathlon combines fencing, pistol shooting, swimming, equestrian show jumping and cross country running.
In the mid-1990s, Daniels was named “World’s Best Coach” by Amby Burfoot of Runner’s World magazine. Over the course of his coaching career, Daniels has trained or advised a variety of America’s finest runners, including Jim Ryun, a three-time Olympian and world record holder; Joan Benoit Samuelson, winner of the first women’s Olympic Marathon; two-time Olympian Ryan Hall, America’s fastest marathoner, and his wife Sara; Ken Martin and Jerry Lawson, both sub-2:10 marathoners; Peter Gilmore, Amy Hastings, Ryan and Alicia Shay, the McMillan Elite Team and many others. Daniels outlined his training philosophies in his book, Daniels’ Running Formula, which was first published in 1998. The third edition of his popular training book, Daniels’ Running Formula, was published in 2013. In recognition of his coaching achievements, he was named NCAA Division I National Coach of the Year three times and NCAA Division III Coach of the Century.
Phil Stewart: publisher, race director, administrator, emcee
Phil Stewart is a lifelong supporter of the RRCA. He is the current editor and publisher of the Road Race Management newsletter and the Road Race Management Directory of the Running Industry. In addition, through his company, Road Race Management, Inc., Phil organizes the annual Road Race Management Race Directors’ Seminar and Trade Exhibit, an annual sport-wide industry gathering. After college, he began competing in races in the Washington, D.C. area, where he emerged as one of the area’s top runners. In 1974 he placed third in the National Amateur Athletic Union’s 50-mile race in New York. In 1975, he was the first Washington, D.C. area finisher in the Boston Marathon, posting an excellent time of 2:19:58. He qualified for and participated in the 1976 Olympic Marathon Trials. Stewart received notoriety in 1979 when he took the dramatic photos of President Jimmy Carter’s collapse during a 10k road race at Camp David. The photos were published in Sports Illustrated, Time, People magazine and other publications. Stewart received an Honorable Mention in the “News Picture Story” category by the National Press Photographers Association. Stewart was one of the founders of Running Times magazine (1977), one of the two nationally circulated running magazines for many years.
Over the years, he has had prominent leadership roles in running organizations, including President of the D.C. Road Runners Club; Vice President of Administration of the Road Runners Club of America; Treasurer of the United States Track & Field Association (formerly TAC) Men’s Long Distance Running Committee; and member of the USATF’s Board of Directors. He has also received numerous awards and accolades for his contributions to the sport of distance running, including the following: the USATF President’s Award; the 2006 Road Runners Club of America Browning Ross “Spirit of the RRCA” Award; the Road Runners Club of America Journalistic Excellence Award; induction into the D.C. Road Runners Club Hall of Fame; and member of the Advisory Board of the National Distance Running Hall of Fame. Stewart is currently the event director of the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run, the premier springtime running event in Washington, D.C. The event is part of the Professional Road Running Organization World Championship Circuit and is continually rated as one of the outstanding races in America.
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Anne Audain was born November 1, 1955 in Auckland, New Zealand with severe bone deformities of both fee. She did not walk correctly until she had reconstructive surgery at age 13. Three years later, at age 16, she qualified for the 1972 Munich Olympic Games in the 1500 meters. A year later, at age 17, she finished 9th at the 1973 World Cross Country Championships. She also competed in the 1500 meters at the 1974 British Commonwealth Games in Christchurch, New Zealand, finishing 6th and top New Zealander in the final with a time of 4:21.1. At the 1976 Montreal Summer Olympics, Audain competed in the women’s 800 and 1500 meters. Although she failed to get past the heats, she broke the New Zealand national record for the 1500 meters in her heat. Prior to the start of the 1980s, major track and field events did not include any women’s events longer than 1500 meters. This practice started to change early in the new decade, and in March 1982, Audain competed in her first 5000 meters race, breaking the world record. At the 1982 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane she won gold in the women’s 3000 meters in 8:45.53, a New Zealand national record. At the 1984 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles, Audain competed in the inaugural women’s Olympic marathon but failed to finish. At the 1986 Commonwealth Games in Scotland, she won a silver medal in the women’s 10,000 meters. In 1988, at her final Summer Olympic Games in Seoul, she placed 11th in the inaugural women’s 10,000 meters race, finishing in 32:10.47. During the 1980s, Audain won more American road races (75) than any other male or female runner, including 7 wins at the Lilac Bloomsday Run in the 80s and early 90s. In 1993 Audain founded the Idaho Women’s Fitness Celebration 5K, which is now the largest 5 kilometer race for women in the United States. Audain became an American citizen in 1995. That same year, she received the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire Award for her services to athletics. In 2000 she launched the Anne Audain Scholarship Awards. This scholarship program funds college scholarships for young women who seek to balance academics, sports, leadership and community endeavors in their daily life.
Ken Martin was born on September 10, 1958. He is an American long-distance runner who was a two-time United States National Champion in the Marathon. At the 1984 California International Marathon, Martin set a course record with a time of 2:11:24. At the 1985 Pittsburgh Marathon, he competed alongside his wife at the time, Lisa Martin. Based on their performance at the 1985 Pittsburgh Marathon, he and Lisa became the fastest married couple ever in a marathon, winning their respective divisions. Martin placed second in the 1989 New York City Marathon, finishing in 2:09:38 to Tanzania’s Juma Ikangaa’s 2:08:01. As of 2007, his finish time at the 1989 New York City Marathon was the fourth-fastest marathon ever run by an American-born athlete. Martin is now a 55-year-old father of three living in Indiana. In 2010, he had a bout of Hodgkin lymphoma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. It was, for the time, successfully treated with chemotherapy. Following the chemotherapy, Martin returned to his training, with the goal of setting a new male 50-54 age group record in the mile. The non-Hodgkin lymphoma, however, took on a more aggressive form. Though he was “mad as hell at first” about the disruption in his running plans, he continued exercising, even during treatments for his lymphoma. During two six-day rounds of chemotherapy, Martin brought a stationary bicycle into his hotel room and rode it 30-minutes a day. “Cancer and the fatigue will wear you out, affect your mood and your ability to do stuff,” he said. Martin is interested in exploring whether exercise can improve the quality of life for patients like himself. There was little available research on this topic. Martin’s response was to create the Workout Cancer Research Fund to finance research on exercise’s impact on tumors and cancer treatments. Learn more about the WorkOut Cancer Research Fund.
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Fleming won the 1973 and 1975 New York City Marathon when it was a hilly, loop course in Central Park. He finished in second place twice at the Boston Marathon in 1973 and 1974, both times less than a minute behind the winner. His personal best marathon of 2:12:05 was set at the 1975 Boston Marathon, when he finished in third place, another of his six Boston Marathon “top ten” finishes. Fleming raced a strong fifth place at the 1976 Olympic Marathon trials. He finished fourth at Fukuoka, Japan in 1977, which was then the unofficial World Marathon Championship. Tom’s marathon victories include the 1978 Cleveland Marathon, the 1978 Toronto Marathon, the 1981 Los Angeles Marathon, and the Jersey Shore Marathon three times. He broke 2:20 in the marathon 27 times. At one point, Tom held American records in the 15-mile, 20-mile, 25K, 30K and 50K distance events. While at William Paterson State College, he won four straight New Jersey Athletic Conference Cross Country titles and was a multiple-time NCAA All-American. He did not start competitive running until track season of his junior year in high school, but still ran a 4:21 mile and 9:22 two-mile as a high school runner. Fleming has been inducted into the Distance Running Hall of Fame and the Hall of Fame at William Paterson State College. For twelve years, Tom was the meet director for the famous Sunset Classic 5 Mile Road Race in his hometown of Bloomfield, NJ. This race raises money for special needs children in the Bloomfield school system. He founded the Running Room and currently teaches and coaches at Montclair Kimberley Academy. He resides in Bloomfield, NJ.
Dr. David E. Martin
Dr. Martin is a Fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine (“ACSM”), as well as a contributing member of the Association of Track and Field Statisticians (“ATFS”), the International Marathon Medical Directors Association (“IMMDA”), the Association of International Marathons (“AIMS”), and the International Society of Olympic Historians (“ISOH”). This multidisciplinary approach to the study of top-level marathon performance-from a scientific as well as historical viewpoint-gives him a unique perspective. In 1978, Martin was selected by the United States Olympic Academy to be one of three representatives to the International Olympic Academy. Even before then, he had begun to compile a database of top-level men’s and women’s performances. His work has continued, and the list now tops 44,000 performances. His database provides an unparalleled resource for his research on the use of mathematical modeling techniques to assess performance trends in distance running. Martin is co-author of The Marathon Footrace (1979, with Gynn), Training Distance Runners (1991), and Better Training for Distance Runners (1997). Since 1979, he has served prominently as chair of committees within the United States Track and Field Association, applying his sport science and coaching skills to the guidance of many of America’s top distance runners. In addition, since 1989, he has been marathon statistician for the ATFS, taking over the role pioneered by coauthor Roger Gynn. Martin lives in Decatur, Georgia.
Steinfeld earned a Master’s Degree in electrical engineering and radio astronomy from Cornell University in 1971, following a Bachelor’s Degree from City College of New York in 1969. Steinfeld has had a long and decorated career in running. He won the New York Road Runners Club Eight-Mile Handicap Race in 1966 and completed his first single marathon in 1979 at Honolulu Marathon, in 3:27.43. Steinfeld established himself as one of the nation’s leading authorities on the technical aspects of road racing. He developed methods that have become standard for marathons and races at various distances. He became the Technical Director of the New York City Marathon in 1981. He served as the Chief Referee of the Men’s and Women’s Marathons at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games. He has been the technical advisor for the network television broadcasts of several Olympic Games, and serves as the consultant for television broadcasts of the NYC Marathon and other NYRRC races. He was the meet director for the New York Games from 1989-1995, the Goodwill Games in 1998, and the 2002 Indoor National USATF Championships. He took over as the race director of the New York City Marathon in 1994 and directed the race for ten years. He was the Race Director of the 5th Avenue Mile, which featured the top milers from around the world. He was race director of the New York Mini Marathon, the original and most prestigious 10K race for women. Steinfeld is a past Chairman of US Track & Field Road Race Technical Committee. He is currently on the Men’s Long Distance Running Committee at USATF. He has also served as the Vice President of the Association of International Marathons (AIM) and President of Running USA.
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Joe Vigil, PhD
Vigil is a former cross country/track and field coach at Adams State University. He has a doctorate in exercise physiology from the University of New Mexico. He is widely regarded as the preeminent long distance running coach in the United States. In 2010, the United States Olympic Committee recognized him for his accomplishments as one of America’s greatest goodwill ambassadors. Over the course of his coaching career, he has either conducted clinics or coached United States national teams, including Olympic and World Championship teams, in 25 countries spanning 5 continents. To each of these countries he has brought his endearing smile, his love of people, and his willingness to teach and share his knowledge of the sport of running with others so that they could become better athletes. His coaching style combines a profound knowledge of distance running with a sense of caring and an unshakeable focus that enables young athletes to develop the character necessary to reach and often exceed their highest goals. His record as head coach at Adams State is legendary, where he led teams to 7 NAIA national track and field championships and 12 NAIA national cross country championships. At the 1995 NCAA Division II national Cross Country championship, his Adams State team achieved a perfect score of 15 points. His overall winning record at Adams State stands at 94.2%, with 3,014 wins and 176 losses. He was named national Coach of the Year on 14 different occasions. During his tenure at Adams State, he produced 425 All-Americans and 87 individual national champions. He has also served as United States Olympic and (with Bob Larsen) Team Running USA coach. Three of his most celebrated running protégés are 2004 Olympic marathon bronze medalist Deena Kastor, 2004 Olympic marathon silver medalist Meb Keflizighi, and multiple national cross country champion and 10,000 meter Olympian Pat Porter. He has received numerous awards for his contributions to the sport of running, including 11 hall of fame inductions (United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1999). In 1989, he received the President’s Award from The Athletics Congress. In 2005, he received the “Doc” Councilman Science in Coaching Award from the United States Olympic Committee.
Abdihakim “Abdi” Abdirahman
Abdirahman was born in Somalia in 1977. After graduating from Tucson High School in 1995, he attended Pima Community College and later transferred to the University of Arizona for his junior and senior years. Since 1998, he has been one of America’s premier distance runners. At Arizona, he was named the 1998 Pacific 10 Conference Cross Country Male Athlete of the Year after finishing second at the 1998 NCAA Cross Country Championships. In 2000, he became an American citizen. He has made the United States Olympic track and field team four times, competing three times in the 10,000 meters (in 2000 at Sydney (10th place), 2004 at Athens (15th place), and 2008 at Beijing (15th place)). In January 2012, he finished third at the Olympic marathon trials in Houston, Texas (2:09:47) and thus qualified to represent the United States at the 2012 London Olympics in the marathon. His personal best 10,000 meters time is 27:16.99, which he achieved in June 2008 at Hayward Field during the Prefontaine Classic. He has also competed in the 10,000 meters at the World Athletics Championships three times, finishing 7th 2007, 13th in 2005, and 19th in 2003. In November 2007, his close friend and fellow marathon runner Ryan Shay died at the Olympic marathon trials in New York. Since Shay’s funeral, Abdirahman has worn a black wristband in Shay’s memory with the words, “Ryan Shay Believe in Yourself.” Those were the last words Abdirahman said to Shay before Shay’s untimely passing. He currently trains and resides in Tucson, AZ. He enjoys the nickname Black Cactus, which is also the name if his personal website, blackcactusrunning.com.
Linda Somers Smith
Somers Smith was born on May 7, 1961 in Germany at Bitburg Air Force Base, Rhineland-Palatinate. She currently resides in Arroyo Grande, California. She is an Olympian and a two-time United States national champion in the marathon (1993 and 1994). In 1982, she took up running during her junior year at the University of California and began running distance races, specializing in the marathon. She won the 1992 Chicago Marathon (2:37:41) and the 1993 California International Marathon (2:34:11). In 1995, she finished 7th in the marathon at the World Athletics Championships. In 1996, she took second in the United States Olympic marathon trials with a personal best of 2:30:06. Later in 1996, at the Atlanta Summer Olympics, she finished 31st with a time of 2:36:58, despite suffering an Achilles tendon tear during the race. She has continued to demonstrate her running excellence as a masters runner. At the 2008 Olympic marathon trials, she set the American 45-49 age group record, finishing in a time of 2:38:49 and placing 17th. In 2009, she placed 6th at the United States Track and Field Association Club Nationals Cross Country meet. She is the holder of American 45-49 age group road records in the 5K (16:14, San Jose, California, November 26, 2009), 10K (33:39, Paso Robles, California, September 26, 2010), 10 miles (57:07 Redding, California, March 6, 2010), 20K (1:09:42, San Jose, California, October 3, 2010), and half-marathon (1:13:32, San Jose, California, October 3, 2010). At the 2010 Los Angeles Marathon, she qualified for her seventh consecutive Olympic marathon trials A standard, a record number, finishing in 2:36:33 and winning the masters title. She is the only person, male or female, to ever qualify by time standard for seven United States Olympic marathon trials. On January 14, 2012, at the age of 50, she was the oldest competitor at the Olympic marathon trials in Houston, Texas. She finished in 28th place with a time of 2:37:36, setting an American 50-54 age group record and adding another jewel to her crown of running glory. In her life away from running, Somers Smith is a full-time attorney with the law firm of Duggan Smith & Heath LLP in San Luis Obispo, California, specializing in business and real property law. She puts family and work first, and running second, on her list of priorities.
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Robert (‘Bob’) Owen Kennedy Jr., born in 1970 in Westerville, Ohio, held the American record in the 3,000 meters (7:30.84), 2 miles (8:11.59) and the 5000 meters (12:58.21) and is a two time Olympian (1992, 1996). He started running while attending Westerville North High School, where he chose track after having dabbled in baseball, basketball, and soccer. He finished fifth in the 1987 National Junior Championships as a 16-year-old. Kennedy attended Indiana University where he was the 1991 NCAA 1,500 meter National Champion in Track and 1991 Indoor NCAA Mile Champion. He also won the NCAA Cross Country championships during his freshman and senior years (1988 & 1992). His senior year he won the USA Track & Field National Cross Country Championships, becoming only the second person in history to win both the NCAA Cross Country Nationals and U.S. National Cross Country Championships in the same year. Kennedy’s second USATF National Cross Country title came in 2004, the twelve year gap between titles (1992 & 2004) being the longest in history of the USATF. The highlight of Kennedy’s career came at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. In the 5000 meter finals, Kennedy surged to the front at the beginning of the penultimate lap where he held the lead for almost a lap but was ultimately passed just before the closing lap to eventually place 6th overall. He had also made it to the finals of the 1992 Olympic 5000 meter race where he placed 12th. Kennedy suffered a back injury in an auto accident before the 2000 Olympic Trials and missed seven weeks of training so that he was not able to make the Olympic team that year. Kennedy was a four time USA Track & Field National Champion in the 5,000 - 1995, 1996, 1997, and 2001. After running a personal best of 27:37 in the spring of 2004, Kennedy competed in the 2004 US Olympic Trials in the 10,000 meter race, but had to drop out of the race due to an injury he had suffered in the weeks leading up to the Trials. After recovering from the injury he briefly tried his hand at the marathon, dropping out of the New York City marathon that autumn and since then has retired from competitive distance running.
Culpepper was born in 1972, is a two time US Olympian qualifying for both the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games. He got started running through a summer track program through a local club. Culpepper graduated from Coronado HS in El Paso, Texas where he won five Texas state titles in Cross Country and Track. He attended the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado, where he won the NCAA outdoor 5,000 meter title and placed 10th at the Olympic Trials in that event; the following year he placed 2nd at the USATF Nationals and represented the USA at the 1997 World Championships. Culpepper graduated with a degree in geography and sociology from Colorado in 1996. Following graduation, Culpepper remained in Boulder to continue training. In 1999 he won his first national title, the USA Cross Country Championships. That spring he also won the 10,000m at the USATF Outdoor Championships and ran that event at the 1999 World Championships. In 2000, he took second in the 10,000m at the U.S. Olympic Trials and represented the US at the 2000 Olympic Games. He also ran the 10,000m at the 2001 World Championships as well. He won another U.S. track championship in 2002 when he took the 5,000m title. That fall, in his debut marathon in Chicago, he ran 2:09:41. Culpepper ran his second marathon at the U.S. Olympic Trials in 2004 in Birmingham, Alabama where he won the event edging out long-time rival in 2:11:42. Culpepper placed 12th at the Athens Olympic Marathon. In 2005, Culpepper ran a 13:25.75, a personal best, in the 5,000 meter run at the 2005 Norwich Union British Grand Prix. He ran 2:11:02 to take fifth in the 2006 Boston Marathon. He married 1500m runner Shayne Wille in November 1997 and they have two sons, Cruz Samuel, born in 2002, and Levi James born in 2006.
Emmons is the former Executive Director of the 10,000-member Atlanta Track Club in Atlanta, GA, and former director of the Peachtree Road Race, the world’s largest and best-known 10K with 55,000 runners. In her 22 years as head of the Atlanta Track Club, she was very active on the national running scene, serving as Chair of Women’s Long Distance Running for USA Track & Field from 1990-1996. She directed the Olympic Men’s and Women’s Marathons and Race Walks for the 1996 Games in Atlanta, and was on the U.S. Women’s Track and Field team for the 2004 Athens Olympics as Assistant Coach for Endurance Events (marathon, racewalk). In 2005, Emmons served as an Assistant Manager for the U.S. Track and Field Team at the World Championships in Helsinki. She served on the RRCA Board of Directors as Vice President between the years ‘88 and ‘89. Emmons has is also committed to Atlanta’s civic health, serving on the Atlanta City Council and on a number of nonprofit culturally oriented boards of directors including MOCA-GA, the Atlanta History Center and The Theatrical Outfit. She also served for three years as president of the Alliance Theatre Guild and was a member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Partners in Performance outreach efforts. She is also on the Board of the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau. A member of Leadership Atlanta’s class of 2001, she remains active with that organization. In 2006, Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin presented Julia with the Phoenix Award, the City’s highest honor, for her dedication and service. In 2007, Mayor Franklin appointed Julia to Atlanta’s License Review Board, which she was delighted to discover reviews the awarding of business licenses not only to bars and restaurants, but also tattoo parlors.
40th Class (2)
Colleen De Reuck
Colleen was born on April 13, 1964 in Vryheid, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa. She now lives in Boulder, Colorado and became a U.S citizen on December 11, 2000. De Reuck graduated Stanger high school in Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa in 1981 and finished college at the University of Port Elizabeth in Eastern Cape, South Africa in 1985. Before becoming a U.S. citizen in 2000, she represented South Africa in three Olympics, competing in the marathon in 1992 (9th in 2:39:03); the 10,000 in 1996 (13th in 32:14.69); and the marathon in 2000 (31st in 2:36:58). Her most outstanding year was probably 1998 when she set two world records in winning the Nortel Cherry Blossom 10 Mile in 51:16 and the New Haven 20km in 1:05:11. De Reuck’s first year as a U.S. citizen, 2001, saw her winning the USA 8km Championship in 26:16, the Arturo Barrios 10K in 32:35 and the Tufts Health Plan 10km for Women in 32:10. She was also 14th (3rd American) at the New York City Marathon in 2:35:31. She made her first U.S team in 2002 after a second place finish to Deena Kastor at the USA 8K cross country trials. Kastor and De Reuck then finished 2nd and 3rd at the IAAF World Cross Country 8 km as they along with Jen Rhines won the team silver medal. De Reuck made her fourth Olympic team in 2004, this time as an American, after winning the women’s Olympic Trials Marathon race in 2:28:25. She finished 39th at the Olympic Games (2:46:30). In 2005, at the age of 40, she again won the USA XC 8 km race, this time in 27:24 and then finished 13th at the World XC championships in 27:51 and was the top U.S. finisher. She also set a marathon record for women masters at Chicago when she finished in 2:28:40. In 2006 De Reuck became a member of the USA’s 8K cross country team for a fifth time and finished 33rd in the World championship. Since turning 40 De Reuck has established U.S. master records at eight distances: 5K - 15:48; 10K - 32:50; 12K - 40:48; 15K - 49:51; 20K - 1:07:21; Half Marathon - 1:11:30; 25K - 1:25:15 and Marathon - 2:28:40. 2009 was also a year in which De Reuck led the Boston Marathon for much of the race and finished 8th overall in 2:37:57.
Libbie Hickman was born on February 17, 1965, in Billings, Montana. She graduated from high school in 1983 in Cairo, Egypt where her father was working for an oil company. Hickman began running as a child when she would chase fly balls at her older brothers’ baseball practice and have her dad time her in sprints around the block. She ran track and field in high school and in college at Colorado State University. After graduating from CSU in 1987 with a BS in science/physiology and a minor in chemistry, she began a professional running career that lasted 16 years, highlighted by representing the USA in the 10,000 at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. Hickman won major races on the road and track at every distance from 1500m to the half marathon. She had a breakthrough year at road racing in 1991 when she won the ARRA circuit and was ranked as the top woman road racer by Runner’s World magazine. She also won Runner’s World top spot in 1998 and 2000, and placed second in 1997 and 1999. Other career highlights include winning the 1999 U.S. 10,000m championship; the 1997 U.S. 5,000m champion; finishing fourth at the 1996 Olympic Trials 5,000; the 1998 half-marathon and 10km road championships and representing the US at three World Championships (1995, ‘97 and ‘99). Her personal bests include: 3000m - 8:35.02 (2000); 5000m - 15:11.15 (1997); 10,000m - 31:41.33 (1999) and 2:28:34 for the marathon. Hickman was selected as the RRCA Road Runner of the Year for the years 1997-2000.