|Born||Patrick Ralph Porter
May 31, 1959
|Died||July 26, 2012 (age 53)
Patrick ("Pat") Ralph Porter (May 31, 1959 – July 26, 2012) was an American distance runner.
Education and career
Porter was born in Wadena, Minnesota on May 31, 1959. After graduating from Adams State in 1982 with a degree in marketing, Porter became one of the most dominant U.S. distance runners of the 1980s. Porter was a two time U.S. Olympian, running the 10000 meters at the 1984 and 1988 Olympic Games. In 1983 he set the World Record for a road 10K at 27:31.8. He won the silver medal at the 1985 IAAF World Cup in Canberra, Australia, getting nipped at the tape by Ethiopia's Wodajo Bulti by six hundredths of a second.
With an unremarkable personal best of 4:29 in the mile while running for Evergreen High School in Evergreen, Colorado, Porter was not heavily recruited to run in college. He enrolled at Adams State College in Alamosa, Colorado, and flourished under the training of coach Joe Vigil.
Porter was best known for his cross country running accomplishments. He won a record eight consecutive USA Cross Country Championships from 1982 to 1989. Porter also represented the United States at the World Cross Country Championships each of these years. His best finish at the World Championships was 4th in 1984, followed by 6th, 7th, 9th and 10th place finishes throughout his career.
In 1998 Porter played Finnish distance runner Lasse Virén in Without Limits, a biographical film about American distance legend Steve Prefontaine. He was married to fellow U.S. Olympic Team member high jumper Trish King.
On July 26, 2012, at approximately 8:30 a.m., Porter was killed in an airplane crash along with his 15-year old son Connor and his son's friend, 14-year old Connor Mantsch. Porter, an avid pilot, hit a boundary fence at the south end of the Sedona Airport runway just outside of Sedona, Arizona, then went down a steep mesa and burst into flames upon impact at the bottom of the hill. Only days before his death, on July 20, Porter had been inducted into the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs and was also inducted into the Adams State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2000 in Alamosa, Colorado. He was 53 years old.
|Representing the United States|
|1984||Olympic Games||Los Angeles, United States||15th||10,000 m||28:34.59|
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