National Distance Running Hall of Fame

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The National Distance Running Hall of Fame was established on July 11, 1998, to honor those who have contributed to the sport of distance running. Many of those who are inducted have achieved great success as runners, but some members are enshrined for their ability to bring fame and recognition to the sport of running. Many of the individuals inducted into this prestigious Hall of Fame, are extremely influential in regard to the recognition and progress the American distance running has undergone throughout the years.

The National Distance Running Hall of Fame is located in Utica, New York, United States. Inside the Hall are pictures, videos and other memorabilia that provide the history of the sport through the eyes of both the runners and spectators. The city of Utica was selected to be the home of the running hall of fame because it hosts the annual Boilermaker Road Race—one of the largest 15 km road races in the US. The Boilermaker Road race attracts thousands of racers, and thousands of more spectators to the City of Utica, New York, making it the perfect place to be house the National Distance Running Hall of Fame.

Track and field and distance running are sports that rely heavily upon sponsorship money and donations in order to have everything they need to compete at a high level. Some years come up much shorter than other years in funding and donations, which can cause ripple effects throughout the whole sport. No induction ceremonies occurred in 2004, 2007 and 2009. In 2007, it was due to the search for a new executive director, the 30th running of the Boilermaker Road Race, and construction to the Stanley Theater stage, which is where the ceremony takes place. In 2009, the struggling economy caused too few sponsors to donate money for the event.

With the inclusion of Grete Waitz and Priscilla Welch, the membership is not limited to Americans. Both athletes represented other countries internationally (coincidentally both in the 1984 Olympic Marathon, the first Olympic marathon for women), though they had an extensive running history in the United States.


Joan Benoit prior to the 2008 Chicago Marathon.
Olympian Billy Mills
Denotes a posthumous induction
Inductee Year inducted
Horace Ashenfelter 2012
Dick Beardsley 2010
Joan Benoit 1998
Bill Bowerman 2002
Doris Brown Heritage 2002
Amby Burfoot 2008
Patti Catalano Dillon 2006
Ted Corbitt 1998
Glenn Cunningham 2012
Mary Decker 2003
Bill Dellinger 2001
Clarence DeMar 2000
Tom Fleming 2014
Miki Gorman 2010
Jacqueline Hansen 2012
Johnny Hayes 2008
Lynn Jennings 2001
Don Kardong 2005
Johnny Kelley 1999
John J. Kelley 2002
Nina Kuscsik 1999
Francie Larrieu-Smith 1999
Fred Lebow 2001
Gerry Lindgren 2006
Marty Liquori 2006
Kim Merritt 2014
Greg Meyer 2005
Billy Mills 1999
Steve Prefontaine 2000
Bill Rodgers 1998
H. Browning Ross 2002
Jim Ryun 2003
Alberto Salazar 2000
Bob Schul 2005
Frank Shorter 1998
Kathrine Switzer 1998
Craig Virgin 2001
Grete Waitz 2000
Fred Wilt 2010
Priscilla Welch 2008
George Young 2003

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Coordinates: 43°06′11″N 75°13′41″W / 43.10314°N 75.22818°W / 43.10314; -75.22818