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8 Persons in the National Distance Running Hall of Fame:

Location:
114 Genesee Street
Utica, NY 13502
Web Site:
Years Active:
1998 to 2006 (stopped?)

Alberto Salazar

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Alberto Bauday Salazar
Birth Date:
Age today:
58, 11 days before his 59th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Long-distance runner. Winner of the New York and Boston marathons. Immigrated to the US as a child, became a citizen.
National Distance Running Hall of Fame 2000.
Oregon Sports Hall of Fame.
National Track and Field Hall of Fame 2001.

Billy Mills

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
William Mervin Mills
Also Known As:
Makata Taka Hela
Birth Date:
Age today:
79, 27 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Native American, a member of the Ogala Lakota (Sioux) Tribe.
Olympic Gold Medal 1964 games at Tokyo, in the 10,000 meter event.
San Diego Hall of Champions 1970.
United States Olympic Hall of Fame 1984.
National Distance Running Hall of Fame 1999.
Kansas Hall of Fame.
South Dakota Hall of Fame 1980.
National High School Hall of Fame 1990.
American Indian Athletic Hall of Fame 1978.
Presidential Citizens Medal 2012.
Breitbard Hall of Fame 1970.
National Track and Field Hall of Fame 1976.

Frank Shorter

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Frank Charles Shorter
Birth Date:
Age today:
69
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Born in Germany when his father was stationed there. Long-distance runner who won gold in the marathon at the 1972 Summer Olympics. He is credited with starting the running fad in the United States of the 1970s.
National Distance Running Hall of Fame 1998.
United States Olympic Hall of Fame.
Colorado Sports Hall of Fame 2008.
Florida Sports Hall of Fame 1993.
National Track and Field Hall of Fame 1989.

Grete Waitz

Gender:
Female
Real/Birth Name:
Grete Andersen
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
57
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Marathon runner and world record holder. Won 9 New York City Marathons between 1978 and 1988, more than any other runner in history. Olympic silver medalist in 1964.
International Women's Sports Hall of Fame 1995.
National Distance Running Hall of Fame 2000.

Jim Ryun

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
James Ronald Ryun
Birth Date:
Age today:
70
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Held world record times for long distances of one mile, 1500 meters, 880 yards. Republican. United States House of Representatives from 1996 to 2007, from the 2nd District in Kansas.
National Distance Running Hall of Fame 2003.
Kansas Sports Hall of Fame 1977.
National High School Hall of Fame 1983.
National Track and Field Hall of Fame 1980.

Joan Benoit Samuelson

Gender:
Female
Real/Birth Name:
Joan Benoit
Birth Date:
Age today:
60
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Won the Boston marathon twice, and Olympic gold in the first women's Olympic marathon in 1984 at Los Angeles. Married Samuelson.
Books:International Women's Sports Hall of Fame 1999.
National Distance Running Hall of Fame 1998.
Boys and Girls Clubs Alumni Hall of Fame.
Maine Women's Hall of Fame 2000.
National Track and Field Hall of Fame 2004.
Jesse Owens Award 1984.
United States Olympic Hall of Fame.

Mary Slaney

Gender:
Female
Real/Birth Name:
Mary Teresa Decker
Also Known As:
Mary Decker
Mary Decker Slaney
Mary Teresa Slaney
Birth Date:
Age today:
58, 8 days before her 59th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Medal winner in the 1500 meters and 3000 meters.
National Distance Running Hall of Fame 2003.
Oregon Sports Hall of Fame.
Colorado Athletic Hall of Fame 2012.
National Track and Field Hall of Fame 2003.

Steve Prefontaine

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Steve Roland Prefontaine
Nickname(s):
Pre
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
24
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Once held the American record in seven different distance track events.
National Distance Running Hall of Fame 2000.
National High School Hall of Fame 2000.
Oregon Sports Hall of Fame.
National Track and Field Hall of Fame 1976.
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