Did you know we had a National Distance Running Hall of Fame? It’s in Utica, NY. Hard to tell if it’s still around, as the website looks updated, yet inductees are only listed for the years 1998-2006 and the copyright on the site is for 2010. I filled out the contact form, but tey never got back to me. Hmmmm...There is a news release listing Class of 2012 Inductees, so…who knows?
On July 11, 1998, a hall of fame was established to honor the sport of distance running. The National Distance Running Hall of Fame is dedicated to honoring the athletes who have made contributions to the sport of distance running, contributions that have brought distance running fame and recognition. From the sport's top runners and most decorated athletes to those who pushed the sport's barriers and eventually broke them, the Hall of Fame honors their talents, initiative and drive.
The only sport that is all inclusive, distance running can be enjoyed by everyone from the amateur to the professional. It is inexpensive and can be enjoyed throughout a lifetime. Running changes people's lives. Within the Hall, visitors will find the history of distance running shown through both the eyes of the runner and spectator. Pictures, memorabilia and awards decorate the exhibit rooms and pull the visitor into the runner's world, a place often inhabited by the runner who alone challenges and pushes the human spirit. The Hall of Fame celebrates the sport's greatest moments and bestows the highest honor on outstanding athletes in the sport - induction into the Hall of Fame.
Pretty neat. Past inductees include Ted Corbitt, Bill Rodgers, Joan Benoit Samuelson, Frank Shorter, Kathrine Switzer, and many more. Looks like an interesting place to visit!
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