46th class includes
Olympians Desiree Linden and Ryan Hall and
directors Dave McGillivray and George Hirsch
Arlington, VA - Since 1971, the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) has
honored dedicated individuals for their contributions and service to the sport
of distance running through its National
Distance Running Hall of Fame. We are delighted to announce the 2017
inductees, who will be honored at the upcoming RRCA National Running Awards
Ceremony on Saturday, March 11, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. We encourage the running
community to join us in celebrating the tremendous accomplishments of the RRCA
Hall of Fame inductees.
Presenting our 46th Hall of Fame
Olympic Marathoner Desiree Linden, born July 26, 1983, is a native of San Diego suburb Chula Vista,
California. Linden, nee Davila, earned All-American honors in both cross country and track
during her tenure at Arizona State University before joining the Hansons-Brooks
Distance Project in Rochester, Michigan. Linden wowed the marathon world with
her near win at the 2011 Boston Marathon. Her second place finish, an
incredible 2:22:38, set an all-time U.S. record on the Boston course (since
broken) and made her the third fastest American ever. Linden was named USA
Track & Field’s Athlete of the Week for her performance.
In 2015, Des participated at the Boston Marathon which
featured a strong international field and the top three U.S. marathoners. She
finished as top American and held on for a strong 4th place finish, less than
45 seconds from the win. She bested two former Boston champions, a Berlin and
Rotterdam Marathon champion, and the World Junior Record holder. Des now owns
three of the six top American times in history on the famed Boston course.
In the summer of 2015, Des earned the Pan-Am Games Silver Medal in the 10,000
meter race. In early 2016 she finished 2nd at the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in
LA, she followed that up with a runner-up performance at the U.S. Half Marathon
Championships and a strong showing at the 2016 Rio Olympics, finishing 7th.
Other career highlights include earning her spot on the U.S. Olympic Team at the
2012 London Summer Games with a runner up performance at the U.S. Olympic
Marathon Trials (2:25:55), a runner up performance at the 2013 U.S. Half Marathon
Championships, 11th at the 2009 Marathon World Championships (2:27:53) and
multiple top five performances at four of the six World Marathon Majors: her
Boston runner-up in 2011, 3rd at the 2010 Chicago Marathon (2:26:20), and 5th
place showings at the 2008 Chicago Marathon (2:31:33), 2013 Berlin Marathon
(2:29:15) and blustery conditions at the 2014 NYC Marathon (2:28:11) where she
was the top American. Earlier in 2014, she clocked an impressive 2:23:54 in
Linden graduated from Hilltop High School in Chula Vista in 2001 and studied
psychology at Arizona State University. A self-proclaimed bacon aficionado, her
hobbies include writing, collecting assorted whiskeys, coffee drinking,
throwing out first pitches at Major League ballgames, relaxing with her dogs
Miles and Atlas, listening to good music and outrunning her husband, fellow
marathoner and budding triathlete and Kona veteran, Ryan Linden.
Ryan Hall, born October 14, 1982, is
a two-time U.S. Olympic marathoner and the American record holder in the half
marathon. Hall's 2:04:58 at the 2011 Boston Marathon is the fastest marathon
ever run by an American; the time doesn't count as the American marathon
because Boston's point-to-point, net-elevation-loss course makes it ineligible
for record purposes.
graduating from Stanford in 2005, Hall began his professional career as a
5,000-meter runner, and represented the United States in the event at the 2005
World Championships. He soon after concentrated on road racing, starting with
the national 20K title in the fall of 2006. Hall's big road breakthrough came
at the Houston Half Marathon in January 2007. He won in 59:43, an American
record. Hall remains the only American to have broken an hour for the half marathon on a record standard, certified course.
made his marathon debut at the 2007 London Marathon, where he placed seventh in
2:08:24. Hall won the 2008 Olympic Marathon Trials, which were held the day
before the 2007 New York City Marathon. His time of 2:09:02 is the event
record. At the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Hall placed 10th.
finished third at the 2009 Boston Marathon and fourth at Boston in 2010. His
2:04:58 personal best got him fourth at Boston in 2011. That fall, he was fifth in 2:08:04 at
the Chicago Marathon. Three months later, Hall finished second to Meb
Keflezighi at the 2012 Olympic Marathon Trials. He dropped out of the 2012 Olympic Marathon after 10 miles with a
January 15, 2016, Hall announced his retirement from competitive running. He is
married to fellow professional runner Sara Hall, and they have four adopted daughters.
Dave McGillivray, born August 22, 1954, is Race Director of
the B.A.A. Boston Marathon, the B.A.A. Half Marathon, the B.A.A. 5K and the
B.A.A. 10K, manages and oversees all operational and logistical aspects of
these world-class events. McGillivray also directed the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team
Trials – Women’s Marathon in Boston. In 1996, McGillivray established himself
as one of the world’s premier race directors with his successful coordination
of the 100th Boston Marathon, which attracted a field size of nearly 40,000
participants, the largest in B.A.A. history.
McGillivray first gained national prominence in 1978 when he ran across the
U.S. to raise money for the Jimmy Fund. In 2004, McGillivray ran cross-country
again as part of a relay team event called TREK USA, which he founded. He has
run 137 marathons including 42 consecutive Boston Marathons, completed 9 Hawaii
Ironman Triathlons, run up the East Coast of the U.S., run for 24 hours, biked
for 24 hours, and swam for 24 hours – all to raise money for numerous
worthwhile causes. In 2003, the DMSE Children’s Fitness Foundation was
established with a focus on funding nonprofit organizations that use running as
a vehicle to promote physical fitness in children.
is president of Dave McGillivray Sports Enterprises (DMSE), Inc., an event
management company which creates, markets, and produces mass-participatory
athletic events throughout the U.S. DMSE directed the U.S. Olympic Team Trials
– Women’s Marathon in 2004, the 1990 ITU Triathlon World Championship, and
consulted on the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. DMSE also directs the TD Beach to
Beacon 10K, the New Balance Falmouth Road Race, and the Boston Marathon Jimmy
Fund Walk, as well as numerous other world-class events.
2005, McGillivray was inducted into Running USA’s Hall of Champions. Among
other recognitions he has received are Competitor magazine’s Lifetime
Achievement Award for more than 30 years of service to the sport of road racing
and triathlons. In 2000, he was named Race Director of the Year by the running
industry’s Road Race Management, Inc., and in 2007 Runner’s World named him one
of their Heroes of Running. In 2011, he was inducted into the USA
Triathlon Hall of Fame.
Last Pick, (Rodale Press), authored by McGillivray (with Linda Glass Fechter),
was published in April 2006. It chronicles his career while motivating and
inspiring readers never to underestimate their own ability to set and achieve
resides in North Andover, Massachusetts with wife Katie. He has five children,
Ryan, Max, Elle, Luke and Chloe.
George Hirsch, born June 21, 1934, helped Fred Lebow start the five-borough New York City Marathon in 1976 to celebrate the nation’s bicentennial. With the success of the first race, it became an annual event that has become one of the world’s leading sporting events. In 1979, Hirsch founded the Midnight Run in New York’s Central Park, a race that is held every New Year’s Eve. In 2005, Hirsch became the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the New York Road Runners where he has served in the role for 12 years.
From 1984 to 1986, Hirsch
was the on-air host of a weekly segment on ESPN's SportsCenter called “The
Runner’s Corner." He has done television commentary for many distance
running events including the New York City, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco
and Cincinnati (Flying Pig) Marathons. He has also been a commentator for three
Olympic Games: Los Angeles in 1984, Seoul in 1988 and Barcelona in 1992.
Hirsch was the founding publisher of New York magazine and The Runner magazine.
In January 1987, Rodale, Inc.
acquired The Runner and merged it
with Runner’s World, and Hirsch
became its worldwide publisher after launching a number of international
editions of the magazine. Hirsch was also the first publishing director
of Men's Health and
director of international magazines, positions he held until his retirement from
Rodale in 2004. From 2005 to 2011, he was the chairman and publisher of La Cucina Italiana, the
English language edition of Italy’s oldest and largest food and cooking
Beginning in Boston in
1969, Hirsch has run forty marathons with a personal best of 2:38 set in Boston
in 1979 at the age of 44. In 2009, on a
promise to his wife Shay, he ran his final marathon in New York at age 75. He
won his age group in each of his last eight marathons. In 2014, Hirsch was also
the recipient of a lifetime achievement award from the Association of
International Marathons (AIMS).