National Distance Running Hall of Fame
Class of 2002 Induction Poster
J. Kelley, Browning Ross, Bill Bowerman and Doris Brown Heritage
have been selected as the 2002 inductees to the National
Distance Running Hall of Fame in Utica, New York.
As part of the
celebration Andy Yelenak has been commissioned
by the Hall of Fame to produce a portrait of all four inductees.
Copies of a poster of the artwork will be given away to everyone
attending of the induction ceremony on July 13, 2002. The ceremony
will take place at the Stanley Performing Arts Center in Utica.
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the Distance Running Hall of Fame's press release:
was the co-founder of Nike and a legendary coach at the University
of Oregon, where he coached 24 NCAA individual champions, won
four national team championships and coached the U.S. Olympic
track and field team in 1972. He also created and developed the
concept of lightweight, waffle-soled running shoes.
Ross was an eight-time AAU cross-country champion and an Olympian,
but his greatest contributions came off the beaten path. He was
the founder and first president of the Road Runners Club of America,
an organization that now has more than 200,000 members.
Heritage, long-time coach at Seattle Pacific University, is
a five-time world cross country champion, placed on two Olympic
teams, holder of 14 national titles and once held the world record
for the 3,000 meters.
Kelleys win in the 1957 Boston Marathon is credited
with putting American distance runners and the race itself
on the map. He was U.S. National Marathon Champion for
eight straight years, was a two-time Olympian and finished second
at Boston five times.