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Canadian Road Running Hall of Fame
The Canadian Road Running Hall of Fame was inaugurated in September 1991. It honours, on an annual induction basis, Canadian men and women who have made road running history or who have helped to develop the sport in Canada.

Members

 

Andy Boychuk (1941 - )

 

Jack Caffery (1878 - 1919)

 

Freddie Cameron (1886 - 1953)

 

Exilde la Chappelle

 

Gérard Côté (1913 - )

 

Jerome Drayton (1945 - )

 

Jacqueline Gareau (1953 - )

 

Tom Howard (1948 - )

 

Joseph Keeper (1886 - 1971)

 

Tom Longboat (1886 - 1949)

 

Barbara McLeod (1937 - )

 

Johnny Miles (1905 - )

 

Bob Moore

 

Peter Moore (1947 - )

 

J. Roy Oliver (1909 - 1991)

 

Diane Palmason (1938 - )

 

Robert "Scotty" Rankine (1909 - )

 

Whitey Sheridan (1916 - )

William (Billy) Sherring (1877 - 1964)

Linda Staudt (1958 - )

Arthur Taylor (1926 - )

Harold Webster (1892 - 1958)

Builders

Jerome Bruhm

Danny Daniels

Marilyn Fraser

Bruce Keele

Norm Patenaude

Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team

Terry Fox (honourary)

Rick Hansen (honourary)

Members

ANDY BOYCHUK - 1996 Inductee (May 17, 1941 - )
Born in Orono, Ontario, and now living in Sarnia, Boychuk won the Canadian Marathon Marathon title on 4 different occasions, in 1966, 1967, 1968 and 1970. In a career that spanned over a dozen years at the top level of marathon competition, Boychuk was selected to run for Canada at the 1966 Commonwealth Games, the 1967 Pan-Ams in Winnipeg (where he won the gold medal), the 1968 Olympics in Mexico where, at altitude, he finished 10th in 2:28:40, and once again in the 1970 Commonwealth Games. In 1967, running to a 6th place finish in the Boston Marathon, Boychuk set a Canadian record of 2:18:17. It was he who persuaded Jerome Drayton to take up the sport, and the two of them had many notable battles, notably in Detroit in 1968 where only a few seconds separated them as they made a 1 - 2 sweep of that race. Boychuk ran his best marathon performance of 2:16:39 in the 1975 Boston Marathon where, 11 years after his first international appearance, he still achieved a 10th place finish in his final major race.

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JACK CAFFERY - 1992 Inductee (1878 - 1919)
The son of Irish immigrants, John Peter Caffery, commonly known as Jack, has been called the "forgotten hero" of Canadian road running. Only 8 months younger than Billy Sherring, he had many notable battles with and 2 major victories over his more famous rival. But, perhaps because of Sherring`s Olympic Marathon victory in 1906, he remains less well-known. An early advocate of long-distance training for long-distance racing (contrary to the standard wisdom of his day), Caffery`s first taste of major victory came on his second attempt at the Hamilton Round-the-Bay race in the Fall of 1898, when he set a new course record of 1:54:05.

In 1899, he finished 2nd to Sherring over the same course and saw his record broken as well.

The following year, he turned his attention to the Boston Marathon. In the process of setting a new course record there by over 2 minutes in 2:39:44.4, he was again able to triumph over Sherring, who placed 2nd. (Of special note was the fact that Fred Hughson finished 3rd - the only time there has been a Canadian "sweep" at Boston.)

In the Fall of 1900, Caffery consolidated his supremacy over Sherring as he regained the Round-the-Bay title and record with a new best time of 1:51:52. Caffrey returned to Boston in 1901 where he achieved his final major international victory by winning the marathon once more and in the process chopped a huge 10 minutes from his previous years` record, returning a time of 2:29:23.6.

Although Caffery`s performances never again achieved these levels of excellence, he did represent Canada in the Olympic Marathon in London in 1908, finishing 11th. He also helped in the coaching of many outstanding younger runners, including Jimmy George who won the Round-the-Bay race in 1909.

Caffery died in 1919, following an attack of the Spanish Flu.

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EXILDE LA CHAPPELLE - 1992 Inductee
Little is known about the background of Exilde La Chapelle, except that she excelled in the sport of long-distance running at a time when it was unheard of for women to do anything outside the home. Not only that, but her achievements remained as Canadian records for over 100 years! Although the multi-day indoor running events of the late 19th century still contain some unsavoury connections with big-time betting and, consequently, of "professionalism" and race-fixing, nevertheless the actual results of the races and the distances achieved were faithfully recorded and reported.

Thus Exilde La Chapelle stands as an outstanding Canadian runner as a result of her achievements in these events.

In March of 1879, the record shows that she covered 88 miles in 24 hours (a mark which stood until May, 1986 and is still 10th all-time Canadian performance), 141 miles in 48 hours (good until September 1990 - still 6th all-time), and 184 miles 528 yards in 3 days (only surpassed in May, 1988 and also still 6th all-time). These distances were all achieved in New York City.

Returning to New York in December of 1879, she covered 206 miles, 532 yards in 4 days (good until May 1988 and still 6th all-time), and 244 miles in 5 days, a record which stood until December 1985, and still ranks as 7th Canadian women`s all-time best.

Even more outstanding was her performance in San Francisco in May of 1881, where her distance achieved in a 6 day race was 353 miles. While still 5th on the all-time list, this record was not surpassed until May 1988.

Considering the times she lived in - indeed, considering her performances in any age - Exilde La Chapelle was undoubtedly an outstanding Canadian runner.

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FREDDIE CAMERON - 1996 Inductee (Nov. 11, 1886 - Mar. 18, 1953)
Born in Advocate Harbour, Nova Scotia, Cameron began running in 1907 but it wasn`t until he started to train seriously under Tom Trenholm in 1909 that he began his career of major wins. That year he began his string of unbeaten amateur performances, which included new Maritime marks for the 10 miles (55:20) and the Halifax "Modified Marathon" (56:16.5). Later that year, he set new Canadian records for 10 miles of 54:46 and 5 miles in 26:01, previously held by Tom Longboat. In 1910, running the distance for the first time, he won the Boston Marathon in 2:28:52, beating both Clarence DeMar and the 1909 winner, Henri Renaud. Later that summer, he beat DeMar and other noted Americans over both the 10 & 15 mile distances. He turned professional in 1911 but that only lasted for one year as the lustre went off the pro long distance race scene. He moved to Chicago and later Vancouver where, in both cities, he was a prominent runner on the regional scene. In total, his record embraced 60 victories, many of them in major races.

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GÉRARD CÔTÉ - 1991 Inductee (1913 - )
If Gérard Côté, who loves smoking cigars, was asked what ingredients were necessary to make a successful long distance runner, he would probably say natural talent, good coaching, plus a training program that was carefully planned and rigorously followed. It was this combination that enabled him to win the Boston Marathon four times. The marathon was Côté`s forte, but he loved other sports and played them all well. He once entered and won a roller derby. He played baseball and hockey. In 1958, he set a record of 46 minutes for snow-shoeing in the eight-mile event at St. Paul, Minnesota.

Gérard Côté was one of eleven children. Born in the Québec village of St. Barnabe in 1913, he moved at four years with the family to St. Hyacinthe and it was there that his interest in sport was awakened. He began to run to strengthen his legs for boxing. He`d become a fan of Joe Louis and Henry Armstrong. But Côté soon realized that running, not boxing, was his strongest sport; he could run and keep running without seeming to tire.

He entered five and ten mile races, but did not do well - he lacked that all-important burst of speed to accompany his endless endurance. For help, he sought out Pete Gavuzzi, a Liverpool-born Italian who knew all the tricks of the running trade. Gavuzzi watched Côté`s style, his carriage, balance and action, and then showed him how to carry his body slightly forward, how to increase his speed suddenly and how to rate himself. He taught him to train for a combination of endurance and speed. Among the many pointers Gavuzzi put into Côté`s head was: "Better three hours slow than two hours fast." This became the basis of the routine that prepared him for victory at Boston.

Under Gavuzzi`s direction, Côté initiated a rigorous training schedule. He ran three days of one week, four the next. He mixed marathon distances with shorter sprints.

He made his first try at the Boston Classic in 1936. Accompanied by trainers, friends, and advisers, he arrived in Boston and prepared for the race with enthusiasm. He worked too hard; two days before the race, he ran the whole route and had nothing left for the big day.

In 1940, he arrived in Boston by bus, along with seventeen dollars in his pocket. Côté did not touch a running shoe for three days before the race. He arrived at the mark fresh and relaxed.

At the halfway mark, his "flip-flop snowshoe stride" had put him in fifth place and it did not appear that he was much in contention. He pressed on, however, and by the twenty-first mile, he passed three of the four front runners including Tarzan Brown, the runner who had set the record the previous year. Côté set his sights on the leader, John Kelley, and passed him at mile twenty-two. He pressed on alone. At one spot, automobiles clogged the road so he had to dash onto the sidewalk and work his way through the crowd that lined the course. By the time he reached the finish, he had broken Brown`s "unbeatable" record by twenty-three seconds, finishing the distance in 2:28:28.

In 1942, Côté won again by the narrow margin of one minute, thirty-five seconds over his nearest rival, the great US distance man, John Kelley. In 1943, Côté and Kelley battled it out again; in the last three miles they tested each other in sprints, first Côté taking the lead, then Kelley. Kelley would find a reserve of strength and would pull away by a few yards, but Côté would fight back and regain the lost yardage. They were shoulder to shoulder as they raced through Kenmore Square, a mile from home, while the throngs of people that lined the streets cheered them on. Suddenly the strain was too much for Kelley. He faltered just enough to give Côté a five-yard lead. The Canadian beat him to the finish by just twelve and three-fifths seconds.

In 1948, Gérard Côté won his fourth and last Boston marathon. Again, he was engaged in a neck-and-neck struggle that lasted for some twenty-three miles, but this time it was with Ted Vogel, another American. Once the duel threatened to break out in fisticuffs. Vogel became incensed by what he considered to be unfair tactics, as Côté crisscrossed in front of him. Yet, with three miles left in the race, Côté pulled away and crossed the finish fourteen seconds out in front.

Other victories to his credit were his three successes in the United States Amateur Athletic Union marathon. Perhaps the greatest disappointment of his career was his seventeenth-place finish in the 1948 Olympic marathon. There, cramped leg muscles considerably hurt his performance.

- Gordon Dickson

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JEROME DRAYTON - 1991 Inductee (1945 - )
Canadian marathon record holder Jerome Drayton (2:10:08 set in 1975) started in track and field in the fall of 1963, after showing prowess in the high jump at school, where he cleared a mighty 1m50! After accepting a challenge to race the school star over 1 mile, and beating him, he entered for the 2 and 3 miles just for the hell of it, and won them too. The seal was now set for the Drayton track career.

During his formative years in 1964-65, he was forced into hospital for an operation to remove a cyst from his shinbone. This operation kept him out of track for over a year.

In 1967, he won his first 10,000m national championship, and proceeded to annex this same title in 1968, 1970 and again in 1975. Although he is better known as a long distance runner, he has clocked 2:00.5 for 800m, 3:53.0 for 1500m, and 7:57.0 for 3000m indoors. He refers to these races as just speed sessions.

Drayton surprised the track world in 1970 when he set a world record for 10 miles on the track. Running at the CNE in Toronto, he clocked 46:37.6, eclipsing Ron Hill`s 46:44.0 set two years previously. His tremendous time stood as a world record until 1972.

His first marathon came in May 1968 at Detroit. His time was a modest 2h23:27 but in those days it was sufficient to give him his first win in an ultra long distance race. Later that same year he clocked a wonderful time of 2h16:11 at Guelph.

After that, he joined the thousands on their annual pilgrimage to the Boston Marathon. In five Boston races, he has finished twice. In 1974 he came third in 2h15:40. Drayton`s first Olympics came around 1968 in Mexico, but although he went to compete in the marathon, like many others he ended up running the other way with dysentery and was forced out of the race. After his win in the 1969 Fukuoka race, he went on to the 1970 Commonwealth Games in Scotland. This time, he was in both the 10,000 and the marathon. After doing a personal best of 28:45.0 in the 10km, he was set for a big effort in the marathon. Unfortunately for him, he got over ambitious in the early stages and paid penalty later on in the race when he was forced out with the cramps.

His sights were now set on the 1972 Olympics in Munich, where he hoped to atone for his dismal showing in Mexico. The selectors had set a time of 2h17:00 as a standard for entry on to the Canadian team in the marathon. Not very difficult under normal circumstances, it would seem but the Olympic Trials were not normal.

Drayton, anyway, won the trials race, but the time was over the standard that had been set. The reason was quite simple; the officials had marked the course out wrong - it was 1000m too long! Drayton was not picked for Canada to compete in Munich.

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JACQUELINE GAREAU - 1991 Inductee (1953 - )
Jacqueline won the CTFA Fred Begly trophy as the outstanding marathon athlete in 1980 and 1983.

She has competed internationally for Canada at the Olympic Games and World Championships.

A major success for her was the winning of the Boston Marathon in 1980 with a time of 2:34.28. She completed her first marathon in 1977 finishing third in New Orleans.

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TOM HOWARD - 1996 Inductee (Sept. 20, 1948 - )
Born in Vancouver and now living in Courtenay, BC, Howard is another runner best known for his marathoning ability.

A member of Canada`s team to the World Student Games in 1973, he also represented his country at the 1976 Olympics, the 1975 Pan-Am Games (where he won the bronze medal), the Commonwealth Games again in 1979 and at the 1985 World Cup Marathon in Hiroshima. He won the Canadian Marathon title in 1974 and was 3rd that year (1st Canadian) in the Vancouver Marathon in 2:18:09. In 1975, a 2:19:51 time in Toronto was followed by placing 4th in Boston with a time of 2:13:24. Howard has won the Victoria Marathon 3 times, setting a course record of 2:24:28 in 1988. He has also triumphed in the Seattle Marathon and, although it was not a factor in his selection to the Hall of Fame, takes pride in the fact that in Richmond, BC in 1975, he set the Canadian 1 hour record of 19.961km and a 20km record of 60:06.

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JOSEPH (JOE) KEEPER - 1996 Inductee (Jan. 17, 1886 - Sept. 29, 1971)
A Cree from Norway House, Keeper had an outstanding running career, mainly in Manitoba, between 1910-1920. He was unbeaten over distances from 1 to 10 miles, setting a Canadian 10 mile road race record of 54:40 in 1911 and establishing race records which endured, in one case, until 1936. Keeper won many of the top road races in Winnipeg and Brandon, as well as north-west Ontario, several years in a row, often against outstanding runners from the U.S. 

He represented Canada at the 1912 Olympics, reaching the finals in both the 5000m and 10,000m (4th in 32:36 - the highest ever placing by a Canadian in this event at the Olympics) and the Marathon, although he had to drop out of this event with a foot injury. 

He continued his running as a member of the Canadian Army team while serving in both England and Europe, winning many events, and finishing a very close 2nd to an American in an international 10 mile road race in Paris in 1919.

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TOM LONGBOAT - 1991 Inductee (1886 - 1949)
Tom Longboat was born in 1886 on the Six Nations Reserve near Brantford, Ontario. He was a member of the Onondaga, one of the Six Iroquois Nations granted land along the west bank of the Grand River.

Born the second of three children to George and Betsy Longboat, his early life was somewhat poor and he lived in adversity.

His father died when he was around five years old. Longboat did attend school, but only until the age of 12 when he went to work as a labourer on various farms. It was while he was working outside the reserve that competitive running first caught his attention. In 1905, he ran in the annual Victoria Day five mile race in nearby Caledonia. He started well, but was only able to finish in second place.

He began to train seriously and in 1906 he won his first marathon in Hamilton, Ontario. It was the first of many victories both nationally and internationally, among them the Boston Marathon in 1907.

He went on to compete in the 1908 Olympic Games in London, England. The marathon was held on a blistering hot day and half of the competitors were unable to finish, among them Tom Longboat.

Late in 1908, he turned professional, winning several races and actually beating the Olympic gold medallist who had turned professional as well.

Prizes for first place at professional meets often ran as high as $3,000 in an era where schoolteachers made $400 a year. Longboat`s numerous victories enabled him to become one of the first Canadian athletes to make a living through professional sports.

In 1916, Tom Longboat volunteered to fight during the first world war. He served in France for a time as a dispatch runner, taking messages from post to post. He was wounded twice and was once erroneously reported as dead.

However, he survived the war to return to Toronto in 1919. He was able to find work during the Depression and tried his hand at various jobs until he settled into a permanent job as a garbage-man for the city of Toronto. He retired from his job in 1945, and after a time he moved back onto the Six Nations Reserve where he died of pneumonia in 1949.

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BARBARA McLEOD - 1993 Inductee (Oct. 20, 1937 - )
Even in these days of outstanding achievements by female athletes, Barbara McLeod has displayed a dominance in the field of distance running which is extraordinary.

Never a runner in her youth, the former airlines steward tried her first 10km in 1981 at the age of 43. Immediately hooked and determined to master this new found sport, she began to train seriously, quickly adding a first marathon to her resume. Just over three years later, she won the World Masters Marathon Championship in the Women`s 45-49 age category at San Diego, California, with a PB of 3:19:49.

Shortly after that, Barbara decided that marathons were no longer challenge enough. She turned her abilities to "ultras" and here she found her natural running home. In 1987, in only her second 24 Hour Race, and in spite of 30C heat and high Ottawa humidity, she set a new Canadian Women`s (Open and Masters) record of 109 miles, 1751 yards covered in that time.

En route, she lowered the Women`s 100 mile mark to 21:35:43 and the 150km record to 19:58:10.

Since then, she has set and reset women`s marks at virtually every "ultra" distance, including a World Women`s 50-54 age record for the 48 Hour Run (177 miles, 137 yards). Although younger runners have now surpassed some of her "Open" records, her Masters age group marks continue to bestride and increasingly enhance the record books. From 12 Hours (67 miles 232 yards) to 10 Days (561 miles); from the marathon to 633 miles; from 50km (4:31:17) to 1000km (11 days, 06:31:55); she is known and acclaimed throughout the international ultra-running fraternity, having successfully competed in England, Greece, Spain, China and the United States.

Most recently, while competing in a 1300 mile event in New York City, severe back pain which began early in the run caused her to terminate the race after only 500 miles which, in any case she covered in a new North American record time of 8 days, 19:01:28. Unquestionably, Barbara McLeod has proven to be an outstanding Canadian road runner and, through her dedication to the sport, an inspiration to both women and men of all ages.

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JOHNNY MILES - 1991 Inductee (1905 - )
Winner of the Boston Marathon in 1926 and 1929, Johnny Miles trained by trailing his father`s horses 10 miles to and 10 miles from the Cape Breton Coal Mine.

Miles was an 11-year-old from Florence, Cape Breton (Born in Newport, Wales) when he went to work in the coal mines while his father, the mine manager, was away during the First World War. Two days before the 1926 race, the 19-year-old arrived in Boston and walked the course to get an idea of the layout. Two runners were favoured to win the event that year, Albin Stenroos, the 1924 Olympic champion from Finland, and Clarence DeMar, the top US runner who went on to win the event seven times. But Miles, who had never run a marathon in competition before, beat them both in what historian Jerry Nason called the "biggest upset in the history of the Boston Marathon. He did this while wearing white tennis shoes purchased at the British-Canadian Cooperative store in Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia. His time was 2 hours 25 minutes but officials re-measured the route and found it was 176 yards short of the official distance of 26 miles 385 yards. 

Miles won again in 1929 in 2:33.08. The City of Hamilton had a banquet in his honour of this accomplishment. When he competed, there were 175 to 200 athletes. 

Miles became manager of manufacturing for International Harvester and received the Order of Canada in 1982. Now 86, he lives in Hamilton, Ontario.

Note: The Boston Marathon route became the official Marathon Distance in 1924. Before that it was about 24.5 miles.

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BOB MOORE - 1992 Inductee
Dr. "Bob" Moore came from Northern England to Canada in 1967 when he immediately joined both the Sunnybrook Hospital and the Toronto Olympic Club.

A mediocre runner in his youth, Bob blossomed in Canada to become an outstanding performer particularly at the 10 mile and marathon distances. He represented Canada in the Marathon in the 1976 Commonwealth Games, in the Fukuoka Marathon (twice) and, perhaps most memorable, in the famous Antwerp Marathon in 1969 in which Derek Clayton set the world`s best performance of 2:08:33 which lasted for so many years. Moore was invited to that race on the basis on his 5th place finish in the Boston Marathon earlier that year. His setting of the pace for the first 5km at Antwerp helped pave the way for Clayton`s outstanding run, even though it forced Bob himself to settle for 11th place in the race.

Moore ran at Boston 3 more times, scoring 7th place finishes on each occasion. He represented Canada at the Sao Paolo (Brazil) Midnight "Round-the-Houses" run in 1975 and at the San Juan (Puerto Rico) 1/2 marathon on 3 occasions. In other off-track racing, he also competed for Canada at the World Cross-Country Championships in 1970 and at the Pan-American Cross-Country Championships in 1971.

Bob Moore`s best marathon performance, set at Fukuoka in 1974, was an outstanding 2:16:45, while his best time for the same distance as a Masters competitor is a 2:23:40, set in 1981.

Apart from his excellent racing record, Moore has also made major contributions to the sport of road running through his co-founding of the Metro Toronto Road Runners Association in 1971, his ongoing work with the Toronto Olympic Club (which has awarded him an honourary life-membership) and his many other stints as road-race director, finish-line judge, course marshal and results coordinator.

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PETER MOORE - 1993 Inductee (Dec. 15, 1947 - )
Arriving in Canada in 1972, PETER MOORE continued a successful running career begun in his native England which included a PB of 1hr 45mins for the 20 miles.

He established his presence here by winning the Alberta marathon title in 2:28:30 and the Canadian 10 mile championship in 52:01. This was in 1975 and in 1976 he added the Canadian 20km championship (64:07) to his growing list of achievements. In both of these years, Peter represented Canada at the marathon and half-marathon distances, and placed 2nd in the pre-Commonwealth Games International Marathon Championship in 1977. In that year, he also established a new record for the Alberta Marathon championship (2:22:03) and was 1st Canadian (6th overall) in the Honolulu Marathon (2:27:06). In 1978, he added the Seattle International Marathon title to his growing list of triumphs with a 2:20:12 performance.

After representing Canada in the World Cross-Country Championships in 1978, 1979, and 1980, Peter established a 1981 Alberta record (which still stands) for the 20Km in 62:36 and placed 6th in the National 20km Championship in 63:22.

In addition to the numerous international marathons and other distance races in which he has been successful, Peter has won well over 100 road races in Alberta, some of them as often as 6 times. He continues to compete, nowadays as a Masters athlete, still setting records and still often winning "open" races against much younger competitors. He has also passed his knowledge and love of the sport on to many of those younger athletes, some of whom he has coached to their own national and international recognition.

Peter is a respected and valued entrant into the Canadian Road Running Hall of Fame.

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J. ROY OLIVER - 1995 Inductee (1909-1991)
Roy Oliver, popularly known throughout the Maritimes as "The Pride of Pictou County", was born in Linden, Cape Breton, in 1909. A coal miner who trained for his races between underground shifts, he won his first race, a 3 mile event, in 1927. In 1928, he captured the New Glasgow Evening News 10 Mile Road Race - a premier regional race of the day - and, besides placing 2nd in 1929 and 1930, he won it 8 more times in succession from 1931 to 1939.

The Halifax Modified Marathon (actually a 10 mile road race) was another top class regional event, attracting runners such as Clarence DeMar, John Kelley and Johnny Miles. In his first attempt at it in 1930, Oliver lost the race by only 3 feet, but he returned the next year to set a new course record of 54:20. He won it again in 1932, was 2nd in 1933 (minus one shoe), lowered the record to 51:50 with his 1934 win, and triumphed for the last time in 1937.

He ran on the Canadian team at the British Empire Games in London in 1934, finishing 6th in the 6 mile event, and also made the team for the BEG in 1938.

He set Canadian records in the 5000 metres, 10,000 metres and 6 mile events, and his provincial 10,000 metre record was so outstanding that it endured for 39 years (until 1972).

As was more usual in the 1930`s, when there were restricted travel and race opportunities, Oliver`s great racing career was more regional than national or international in character. However, that did not stop him from beating a host of more celebrated rivals whenever they ran on his home turf, nor did it detract from the excellence of his performances.

Oliver retired from racing at the start of World War II and died in January 1991.

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DIANE PALMASON - 1998 inductee (1938 - )
At a very young age Diane Palmason knew she had been given a gift. Born in St. Catherines, Diane lived in Winnipeg and Calgary before attending Mount Royal High in Montreal where she developed her running talent under the famed Canadian sprinter Myrtle Cook, with the all girls Mercury Athletic Club. At 16 Diane was selected to run the 220 yards at the 1954 British Empire Games (now the Commonwealth Games) in Vancouver. As the youngest member of Canadian Team she was introduced to Prince Phillip. What left an even bigger impression on Diane was watching the great four-minute duel between Roger Bannister and John Landy in the men`s mile. At the time Diane dreamed of being an Olympic Miler when the longest recognized event for women was the 200m. So, she settled into college life completing her BA at Queen`s in `58 and going onto do graduate work in sociology at McGill. After college she started a family with husband Jon Hutton. Diane has four children (Leanne, Craig, Eric and Tracy).

It was not until 1975 at the age of 37 while living in the Ottawa that her love of running was rekindled. Having been a former Canadian Team member she called the CTFA (now Athletics Canada) and asked to be referred to a local distance running coach. She called up Bill Arnold from the Ottawa Kinsmen Harriers and trained diligently under his six-week marathon training program. With Craig, her twelve year-old son, cycling beside her with a watch Diane methodically ran nine-minute mile pace. Sometimes if she hit the mile mark too fast she would stop and walk until nine minutes were up. She finished her first marathon (National Capital) in 3:54. She took the summer off and then followed the same six-week program again. This time Diane ran 3:21 for 2nd place at the Skylon Marathon in Niagara Falls.

As a masters runner Diane`s running career blossomed. She broke numerous Canadian and World records for distances ranging from 200m to the marathon. At the beginning of 1999 Diane had completed 52 marathons including a PR of 2:46:23 at the age of 46. One of her most memorable marathons came in 1980 when Canada was asked to send two women (Diane and Linda Staudt) to London, England to run the women`s only Avon Marathon. This was a historical event in that officials from the IOC and IAAF, who were attending the Moscow Olympics, were flown in to view this new women`s event. So impressed were they by the strength and endurance of these athletes that they voted to include the women`s marathon in the next Olympics in Los Angeles.

A true pioneer in women`s road running in Canada, Diane has made major contributions not just as an athlete but also as a volunteer, sport administrator, and coach. She was a founder and member of the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport. She started the Women`s Running Camps in Colorado Springs and Whistler for women wanting to make running a part of their lives. Diane continues to be a role model in the coming months she has her sights on a number of 60+ world records from the 800m to the marathon.

While it is not an Olympic Medal, with the sun shining on it this obelisk is a lot prettier.

Congratulations Diane!

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ROBERT "SCOTTY" RANKINE - 1994 Inductee (1909 - )
Between 1930 and 1953, "Scotty" Rankine achieved a record of running successes which can hardly be equalled. Out of the 350 races in which he competed, he won 250 of them and medalled in most of the rest. In the process, he captured every Canadian championship from 3 miles to the marathon, some of them in record time.

Born in Scotland, Scotty emigrated to Canada in his teens, beginning his life here as a farm worker near Preston, Ontario. Discovering a talent for distance running, he was not long in becoming acclaimed as an outstanding performer in Eastern Canada and the US.

Of his many feats, the first that stands out is his string of successes in the Hamilton "Around the Bay" race. He won this event an amazing 7 times - in 1936, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1942, 1944, & 1948. In addition, he finished 2nd in the event in 1945 (to "Boston" John Kelley, who said of him - "He fools you because he looks so little (but) he has worlds of speed") and again in 1947.

Secondly, one can add to this string his 5 successive winnings of the "Diamonds" in the Berwick (Pennsylvania) "Marathon". Although this 12 mile event has been over-shadowed by the full-length Boston Marathon, it is reputedly a much tougher race and, in the days when only medals and laurel wreaths were awarded in amateur races, the lure of the 1st place diamond awards drew all the top competitors to this event. To win here was to win big.

Scotty did run Boston as well, of course, finishing in the top 7 on three occasions. He was named Canada`s outstanding Athlete of the Year in 1935 and as the Top Amateur Athlete in 1937. HE also represented Canada at two British Empire Games and twice ran for Canada in the Olympics.

Long before the modern concept of "hard/easy" days, Scotty developed his own formula for excellence and longevity in the sport by alternating a day of running with a day of walking - a practice he continues to the present.

In honour of his outstanding career as a top Canadian road racer, we proudly induct Scotty Rankine into the 1994 Canadian Road Running Hall of Fame in the Athlete category.

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WHITEY SHERIDAN - 1994 Inductee (1916 - )
If Whitey Sheridan has a more conventional first name, likely he is the only one who knows or remembers it. To generations of runners in Canada and the United States, Whitey is truly a legend. He has been navigating road courses since the mid-1930s when, after establishing himself as a championship schoolboy miler, he was dropped by his club coach because of his preference for running on the roads.

Since, then he has consistently won or placed well at distances from 5 km to the marathon, both in his earlier "open" competition years and in his later "age-graded` Masters races. There are very few road running events anywhere between Ontario and Florida which have not handed a competitor`s number - and, often at the end of the race, a medal - to Whitey Sheridan.

After placing 2nd in 1942 and 1949 at the prestigious "Around the Bay" 19 mile event, and 3rd in 1941, 1943, 1945 and 1951, Whitey scored likely his most notable achievement by placing 4th (3rd Canadian) in the 1952 Olympic Marathon Trials.

But if he has not achieved any outstanding singular national or international success, Whitey has more than compensated for this by the overall consistency, dedication and enthusiasm he has brought to the sport during his lengthy running career.

What Whitey gives most to road running is his generousness of spirit. He values the camaraderie and the friendships which he has developed over the years, and when runner think of him, they do so in a similar vein of affection and, often, in awe. His annual trip to the "Diamond" races in Berwick, Pennsylvania - something he has seldom missed since he first discovered them as a twenty year old - is as much for the turkey and renewing old friendships as for the running, although he wouldn`t miss that either. And he is revered just as much in Berwick as he is his hometown of Waterdown, Ontario.

There his home is known as "Runner`s Roost" and it is the central point for the post-race festivities after the annual Rite of Spring "Whitey 15K". In addition, any runners in the district, young or old, looking for a refreshing drink of water or a chat about either the runners of today or those of yesteryear, know that a welcome awaits them at the "Roost". His basement is said to be an archival treasure house, recording virtually everything about running in Ontario for the last 50 years.

It is not surprising, therefore, that the Waterdown District High School has named its athletic oval "The Whitey Sheridan Track" or that it remembers with a deep sense of pride that Whitey was its very own Schoolboy Mile Champion many long years ago.

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WILLIAM (BILLY) SHERRING - 1991 Inductee (1877-1964)
Probably Sherring is the only person who represented Canada at a major athletic championship (The Panhellenic Games of 1906 in Athens - substitute for the Olympic Games) who won a first prize of a goat and promptly sold it! Along with the goat, he also won a statue of Minerva and a bust of Hermes, presented to him by King Edward VII. It was at this race that Prince George of Greece ran the last 50m with Sherring who represented the St. Patrick`s Athletic Club of Hamilton. To get over to Athens, Sherring had to pay his own way and rely on contributions from fellow Hamiltonians.

Following is the civic address delivered by the late mayor of Hamilton, SD Biggar on the night of Sherring`s arrival in Hamilton, 22 May 1906.

The citizens of Hamilton welcome you home after your glorious victory in the ancient land of Greece, where you so boldly distinguished yourself by winning the chief event at the great epic games at Athens, in which the fleetest of foot, the strongest of nerve, and the greatest in distance of the runners of all the countries of the world were your competitors.

The laurel wreath with which you were crowned by the King of Greece, has from time immemorial been the prize which the world`s athletes have sought to win, and your victory has brought fame and honour to yourself, as well as to our city, and to the Dominion of Canada.

Your fellow-citizens rejoice with you in the honours you have won by your indomitable pluck and marvellous endurance, your achievement being rendered all the more creditable by the fact you entered the great undertaking practically alone, thereby demonstrating your confidence in your own ability to win the much-coveted wreath, and also showing the world the material of which our Canadian manhood is made.

Victory such as yours is only attained after months of careful preparation, hard work and harmonious living, the goal of your efforts and ambition being to bring to your native city the honour of the world`s championship.

It was indeed a glorious day for our country when the first man to appear over the crest of the hill overlooking the stadium at Athens bore on his breast the maple leaf of Canada. The citizens of Hamilton, one and all, heartily congratulate you on the honour and renown you have won for yourself, and sincerely trust long life may be yours during which you will be able to recall with great pleasure the first day of May, 1906 on which you won the greatest of athletic victories.

Signed on behalf of the city of Hamilton, this 22nd day of May, 1906.

SD Biggar, Mayor

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LINDA STAUDT - 1995 Inductee (1958 - )
Born in 1958, Linda began her running career as a High School 3000m champion before moving to longer distance races as a Human Kinetics student at the University of Windsor.

Over a fairly short career in the early 1980`s, she rapidly moved to world class prominence. Her first major win was in November, 1979, when she took the Chicago Avon Half Marathon in 1:21:32. 1980 was an excellent year for Linda. She won the International Pepsi 10km in Detroit with a PB of 34:46, set a Canadian women`s record of 1:52:02 for 30km at Pasadena, California, and then, in her first marathon ever, take 3rd place in the London, England, Avon race with her 2:37:39 - at that time, the 17th fastest time for women in the world. In September of that year, she also set a record of 1:10:39 in winning the Avon 20km race in Ottawa.

In March, 1981, she returned to Pasadena to record a 2nd place time of 1:10:39 in winning the Avon 20km race in Ottawa.

In March, 1981, she returned to Pasadena to record a 2nd place time of 1:15:02 in the Avon Half Marathon and then, in June, journeyed to Winnipeg to claim the Canadian Women`s 20km crown. Later, battling cold, windy conditions (gusts to 60kph), Linda won the Canadian Marathon Championship in Regina in 2:44:26. In September, she was the winner of the Montreal Marathon, with a world`s 12th best time of 2:33:33, to be followed in November by her last major international triumph, taking the Tokyo Women`s Marathon in 2:34:28.

In March of 1982, training for the Boston Marathon, Linda sustained a major hamstring tear, the first of a series of injuries which, combined with the educational demands of pursuing her career as a high school science teacher, terminated a short but brilliant career as an outstanding top Canadian road racer.

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ARTHUR TAYLOR - 1993 Inductee (Sept. 1, 1926 - )
ARTHUR TAYLOR is another runner who immigrated to Canada from England, arriving in 1966 with statistics which included a marathon best of 2:25:28, plus PB`s at 20 miles (1:43:55) and 15 miles (1:19:00).

By now a Masters age athlete, Arthur continued to ignore this handicap of age by winning a series of open road races. In the process, his times constituted what were new Canadian and even, in some cases, World Masters age-group records.

In 1970, he won the Annual Springbank 6 Mile Road Classic in a record time of 31:19. In 1971, at age 44, he was 4th overall in the Canadian Marathon Championships with a time of 2:27:22. In 1973, he finished 6th overall (1st Master) in the 19 mile Around the Bay Race in Hamilton in 1:44:35.

For Arthur, 1974 was an outstanding year. It saw him winning the Ontario Open Marathon Championship in 2:27:01 (a North American Masters record), the Canadian Masters Marathon Championship (2:29:38), and the World Masters Marathon Championship in Paris.

Arthur`s 1st place time in the 1976 National Capital Marathon (2:26:35 at age 49) was another North American record, as was his repeat winning performance in this event one-year later when, as a 50 year-old, he ran 2:27:25. In 1978, he set an open record in winning the Cambridge Round-the-Bridges 6 mile race in 32:34.5 and also won the open class in the 6 mile Thanksgiving Road Race in Guelph with 33:09. In 1979, he was the winner in the World Masters 25km Road Race Championship in Bolton, England, with a time of 1:27:17.

Until forced out of active competition by hip replacement surgery in 1985, Arthur continued to dominate the Canadian, Pan-American and World Masters track and cross-country scenes with a series of new championship performances. However, Arthur`s inspiration to the sport has not been limited to his running triumphs. He has been equally successful as a Head Coach, both at the University of Waterloo and York University, as well as a National Level 4 coach with clubs in Ontario, Alberta and BC. In so many respects, Arthur has more than gained his place as an outstanding addition to the Canadian Road Running Hall of Fame.

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HAROLD WEBSTER - 1992 Inductee (1892 - 1958)
In a road racing career that spanned almost 20 years, Harold Webster was an outstanding runner at distances from 5 miles to the marathon - and all when he was over the age of 30!

He first came to the Canadian public`s attention with a 2nd place finish in a 5-mile race at Guelph, Ontario in 1923, recording a time of 29:40 at age 31. From there he went on to win the Canadian 5-mile Championship in 1927, 1929, and 1931, registering a Canadian record time of 24:59.2 in 1929.

In 1927, Webster finished 2nd in the Canadian Olympic Marathon Trial, but then won that same event in both 1931 and 1936, and also finished 4th in the Boston Marathon in 1930 and 1933. His biggest international marathon success, however, was achieved in 1934.

In that year, he not only won the British Empire (now Commonwealth) Games trial in Hamilton in 2:44:32 but later that same year in London, England, took the B.E.G. title in 2:40:36 - at age 42.

Webster continued to dominate the sport in Canada right through until the mid-1940`s, with perhaps his 4th place finish (at age 50) in the revived Round-the-Bay race being his best placing in a waning career.

Harold Webster, like many an outstanding runner before and after him, turned his attention to coaching younger runners and passing on his knowledge to them. The Hamilton Olympic Club, his home for most of his racing and coaching career, continues to honour his memory following his death in a cycling accident in October 1958.

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Builders

JEROME BRUHM - 1995 Inductee
What Bruce Keele has been to Run Canada, Jerome Bruhm has been to Run Nova Scotia.

Graduating from being a participant in road races throughout the Maritimes, Jerome first became a local volunteer in the late 70`s. Since 1980, however, he has officiated in more than 175 Road Races in the province, ranging from Aid Station Worker and Course Marshal to Pace Car Driver, Announcer, Judge, Chief Timer and Race Director.

More importantly, he became the first Director of Run Nova Scotia in 1983 and it is in this capacity that he has had the greatest impact on Maritime road running. In five years, he built lup the organization from 35 members to nearly 500 and acquired an inventory of equipment valued at over $20,000.00. He initiated the "Run Nova Scotia Newsline", a recorded telephone message service providing updated information on racing events throughout the province and the region.

He is also, with great success and an expanding press run, the editor of the "Raconteur", the monthly magazine for Athletics Nova Scotia. One of the more unusual features of this publication, which lifts it above the normal "newsletter" genre, is the care taken by Jerome in researching and publicizing the past history and glories of the sport in the Atlantic region.

All the top races in the province, and many of its lower-key fun runs, have benefited from his involvement as an organizer, initiator or key supporter. The Rum Runners Relay, the Labatt`s 24 Hour Relay, the Halifax Natal Day and Texaco Mile races, the Michelin Atlantic Canada Marathon, the 1989 National Wheelchair 10km Championship, the Atlantic Disabled Sports Alliance Games, 10 Milers, "Bed Races" - Jerome is always there.

Perhaps his most important contribution, however, has been his involvement with the Timex Series and his championing of the idea that Team Nova Scotia in the National Finals should honour not just the elite runner but all those who have shown prominence in the provincial series. As a result of his exemplary additional fund raising efforts, Team Nova Scotia is always the largest contingent at the championships and always represents what is the heart of the sport in Canada - the recognition of achieving "personal bests".

A former member of the Run Canada Committee, a recipient of Run Canada`s Top Leader / Administrator Trophy in 1992 and 1995, Jerome Bruhm continues as a driving force behind the sport in Atlantic Canada.

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DANNY DANIELS - 1997 Inductee (Jan. 11, 1929, Norfolk, England - )

National Run Canada Committee member 1979-96

Curator Canadian Road Running Hall Of Fame 1991-96

Level 3 NCCP Coach

Team Yukon head coach 1989-90

President Athletics Yukon 1986-90

President Canadian Masters Athletic Association 1983-85

Vice-President BC Athletics from 1995-96

President of BC Athletics From 1996-97

BC Seniors Games Society from 1996

3M coaching award 1996

Meet director Pan-Am, North American, Canadian, US International meets

Edinburgh Harriers Outstanding Athlete award 1948

 

A track and field and road running competitor for 55 of his 69 years, Danny Daniels was inducted into the Canadian Road Running Hall of Fame during this year`s BC Athletics Annual Awards banquet.

As a runner, beginning as a middle distance junior champion in Great Britain, Danny has won many Canadian and North American Masters Titles, over distances from the 100m to the marathon, and including several combined events competitions. He still holds age-grade records in the National Capital Marathon, and was the first winner of the Yukon Midnight Gold Marathon, which he inaugurated during his sojourn in that northen Territory. He also won the North American Masters Marathon 60-65 title in conjunction with that same race, and was a three-time winner of the 12 Hour Ultramarathon staged in Whitehorse.

However, the basis for this honor centred not on his running achievements but on his contributions to the development, administration and growth of the sport, particularly since the late 1970s.

One of the founding members of the Run Canada Committee in 1979, he assisted in its most significant achievements, including the national Run Canada Week and the initiation of the National  10km Road Racing Championship, originally under the sponsorship of Labatts and more recently under the banner of Timex. But his major contribution was in being the driving force behind the creation of the Canadian Road Running Hall of Fame, of which he is now a member.

Although some of Canada`s road running "greats" had, from time to time,  been recognized by other Halls or by being accorded other awards, his concern was that the sport itself had no means of extending a similar honor to those who had done so much for road running both at home and abroad. Danny therefore proposed the establishment of this particular Hall to fill this void, and was thrilled to have his dream fulfilled when, in 1991, amongst other notables, running legends Gerald Cote and Johnny Miles were able to attend the first induction ceremonies in Ottawa.

Since then, the Hall has expanded to include 21 other major champions, dating from the 1870s to recent times, 5 `Builders` and 4 `Special` members, including Terry Fox and Whitey Sheridan. He stepped down as Coordinator - Curator of the Hall in 1996 after seeing itsuccessfully up and running.

Danny is also a former President of both the Canadian Masters Athletic Association and Run Yukon, and is currently President of B.C. Athletics as well as 1st Vice President of the B.C. Seniors Games Society. He was very active in the coaching of the sport, being a NCCP Level 3 Distance Coach and winning a 3M Outstanding Coaching Award in 1996.

He was Head Coach of Team Yukon at the 1989 Canada Summer Games and has been Head Coach of the Peninsula Club in Sidney, B.C., for the last 4 years. Danny has also been a prolific writer about the sport for many years, and continues to contribute articles to local and national media.

Although overwhelmed by his induction this year into the Canadian Road Running Hall of Fame, Danny has no intention of severing his involvement in the sport, or of surrendering his enthusiasm for it or his participation in any of its many facets.

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MARILYN FRASER - 1992 Inductee
Marilyn "Mouse" Fraser was nominated in the "Volunteer" section of the Builders category for induction into the Canadian Road Running Hall of Fame based upon her 22 years of dedication to the sport and her services to road running in Manitoba.

"Mouse" joined the Manitoba Runners Association in 1970 and served on its Board as a member from 1974-77. In 1978, she became Vice President and in 1979 was recognized as the "Volunteer of the Year" in 1982 and, following a further year as Vice President in 1984, became President of the MRA in 1985, continuing in 1986 and 1987. She was recently elected as President again to serve for the 1992 term.

Over the years, Marilyn Fraser has filled in at every level of the sport from fun-runs to Marathons, from local events throughout the province to special Canada Day events in Winnipeg, from school meets to provincial championships. She has been a Race Director of numerous events; she has scored the Grand Prix series awards; she has helped to rewrite the road race accreditation kit; she has taken courses in road race measurement; she helped organize the "World`s Biggest Relay Race" (as acknowledged by the Guinness Book of Records); she has worked the finish line; she has been a marathon "hugger". Marilyn is the person involved long before the day of the race; and she`s the person there long after it has finished, picking up garbage and doing all those other odd jobs that everyone else conveniently overlooks. If these things were not done, runners would not have such well-organized and rewarding events, and the sport would not be recognized as a legitimate, responsible, good "corporate citizen".

In a word, without the Marilyn Frasers of this world, road running could not exist. It is for this reason, and for her uncountable contributions to road running, that "Mouse" was recognized as an "Outstanding Volunteer in Sport" by the Manitoba Sports Federation in 1984.

And it is for this reason that she is welcomed into the Road Running Hall of Fame.

Oh yes, and when she`s able to, "Mouse" also runs in road races.

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BRUCE KEELE - 1995 Inductee
A middle distance runner in his youth, Bruce Keele became directly involved in the sport of road running as a founding member and first President of the Saskatoon Road Runners Association in 1975. Later, as a Board representative of the Saskatchewan Track and Field Association, he attended the Ottawa meetings called to discuss the rising problems facing the burgeoning sport in Canada. There he was elected as the first Chairman of the newly formed Run Canada Committee in 1979.

Although he has been extremely active in many other phases of the sport -- as a member of the CTFA`s Domestic Committee, as a Level 4 Off-Track Official, as a Provincial Road Course Certifier, as a CTFA National Technical Road Racing Delegate, as President (1987 - 91) of the Saskatchewan Track and Field Association -- it was in his capacity as Chair of the Run Canada Committee that Keele had his greatest impact on road running in Canada.

In its early days, the formalization by Run Canada of road course measurement techniques, the development of race safety and educational programs, and the spearheading of new policies and conceptual models of athlete development all came about as a direct result of his leadership.

The inauguration of Run Canada Week which, over its four year life span, grew to provide opportunities across the country for summer employment for up to 120 people, all directly working for road running, and, at its peak, involving nearly 600,000 participants, was a major achievement.

So was the development of the National 10km Road Racing Championships. The first series, funded by Labatt`s, enabled the concept to get off the ground. But it is the current series, sponsored by Timex, leading to the first real Canadian Road Racing Championship, and culminating in the Run Canada Festival Weekend, which has realized Bruce Keele`s dream for this event.

During the later stages of his 15 year Chairmanship, Keele, who stepped down in 1994, put in countless hours of lobbying and other associated activities to ensure that, in the period of difficult organizational circumstances facing Athletics Canada, Run Canada would remain a vital force for road running in Canada. In view of his dedication and commitment to the sport, it is not surprising that he was one of the recipients of the 125th Anniversary Commemorative Medal, awarded to him in recognition of his " ... significant contribution to compatriots, community and to Canada."

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NORM PATENAUDE - 1994 Inductee (1945 - 1999)
Norm Patenaude was an originator of the system of accurate road course measurement in Canada. Prior to the mid-1970`s, course measurement was a haphazard mixture of reliance upon everything from car odometer readings to traditional understandings of how far it was between points A and B. Even where courses were being measured more accurately, there was no agreement upon how this was to be done, nor any system for checking reported course inaccuracies. This resulted in some major problems, such as Jerome Drayton`s failure to qualify for the 1972 Olympic Marathon on a 27 mile course and the disaster which happened to Jim Peters of England in 1954 in Vancouver on a similar over-distance course.

Leading up to the preparations for the staging of the 1976 Olympic Marathon in Montreal, however, Norm Patenaude began developing a rationale for itemising and standardising the intricacies of today`s system of accurate road course measurement. As a result, that course was not only precisely measured by Norm but also, unbeknownst to him, was secretly verified by the Japanese team managers who were aware of Canada`s reputation in this area.

Those things that are standard course measurement procedures today first made their appearance in Canada through Norm`s work and his early publications on the subject. Although more recent pamphlets contain refinements to the system, the bulk of the process is still based upon that earlier work.

Norm not only carried out most of the pioneering measurement himself, but he was the first to train other road course measurers. Without the dedication, commitment and enthusiasm which he brought to those early (and often very demanding) clinics, Canadian runners would not have so soon enjoyed the inestimable, and all too often overlooked, benefit of an accurately surveyed 5km, 10km or marathon course.

Norm`s contribution to the development of road running is not confined to just road course measurement, however. Thousands of runners from across Canada and from overseas know him primarily as the originator of the Voyageur Marathon, a first-class event in Northern Ontario which he initiated in 1978 and which he directed for 17 years. Stemming from his personal understanding of the needs of distance runners (he has 2:21 marathon (1973) and 15:09 100 mile "ultra" (1987) performances to his credit), this event has acquired a reputation as one in which both competitors and volunteers share in the rewards of a special experience. Norm was an early member of the Run Canada Committee and, until his untimely death, a Director and President of the Ontario Roadrunners Association.

- Paul Poce

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THE SRI CHINMOY MARATHON TEAM - 1993 Inductee
The induction into the Canadian Road Running Hall of Fame of the SRI CHINMOY MARATHON TEAM is a recognition of the tremendous contribution which this group of individually unknown but totally dedicated volunteers has made to the sport of road running in Canada since 1977.

Inspired by the philosophy and personal dedication of their founder patron, Sri Chinmoy, himself a former decathlon champion and eventual ultra-marathoner, this Team carries out the work of organizing and staging road races over a variety of distances, work which is duplicated by similar Teams in over 50 countries worldwide.

From the first endeavour of putting on a 10km race in Victoria in 1977, their work has expanded to encompass 2 mile, 5km, 5 mile, 10km, half-marathon, marathon and ultra-distance races, as well as their coast-to-coast "Peace" relays. They have staged events in the major of Halifax, Quebec City, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver and Victoria, as well as many smaller centres in the Maritimes, Quebec, Ontario and BC.

Their ultra-marathon races have included 12 Hour, 24 Hour, 50 Mile, 100 Mile and 4 Day events. Some of them are staged on an ongoing annual basis and have been for more than a dozen years. In addition, the Ottawa 24-Hour Race is acknowledged to be the Canadian Championship for this particular event.

Of particular significance is the fact that the work of this group, from its inception, has been of the highest quality. Any one of the countless thousands of participants who have run in any of their races over the last 16 years - and these include many from other countries - will attest to the fact that these events are impeccably staged. Every detail for every runner is attended to. Individual times, distances, progress and position during an "ultra", relevance to PB`s and records - all these are constantly available for competitors and spectators alike. Feeding stations are superbly maintained, medical aid is always on hand, accurate course measurements (especially at the end of 12 and 24 Hour races) are meticulously supplied; in short, whatever a race or its participants require, these are supplied with deftness and constant cheerfulness by Team members wherever their events take place.

As an inspiration to beginning runners and international champions alike, the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team has gained a place of pride and honour as a group of Special Builders in the Canadian Road Running Hall of Fame.

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TERRY FOX - 1991 Honourary Inductee (1958-1981)

Hometown Port Coquitlam

lost right leg to cancer at 18

indomitable spirit provided inspiration to entire nation as he sought to run across Canada to raise funds for cancer research

Marathon of Hope raised $23.5 million

launched run 12 April 1980 in Newfoundland, covered 5342 kilometres before illness in Thunder Bay (cancer had spread to lungs) forced him to quit September 1980

national day of mourning declared on his death

subject of `83 movie

1980 Lou Marsh Trophy

Companion of Order of Canada `80

Order of Dogwood, CP man of the year `80

SFU established gold medal in his memory and communities throughout the country named parks, sports facilities, and streets in his honour.

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RICK HANSEN - 1996 Honourary Inductee
Rick was recommended for Induction on the basis of the tremendous example he set for distance athletes, able and disabled alike, by his "Man in Motion" World Odyssey in 1986/87. In his wheelchair, Hansen had a similar impact upon the sport as did Terry Fox, with his Marathon of Hope.

He has continued as a vigorous advocate on behalf of disabled athletes everywhere, and has been instrumental in persuading governments, corporations, universities and many other institutions to work collectively towards eliminating those barriers which stand in the way of the disabled in all areas of society.

At first glance, it may seem strange to be inducting a "wheelie" into a running Hall of Fame. But if you think of Rick Hansen as representing all "self-propelled road machines" (after all, isn`t that how runners think of themselves?), then his place as an honorary member is fully justified.

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