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Warren Elam

Year Inducted: 2018



Personal records: 

5K ... 15:52
10K ... 33:57    
Half-Marathon ... 1:16:00
Marathon ... 3:07:00

For the past 40 plus years Warren has been actively involved in the running community as a coach, runner, race director, volunteer, and club organizer. His presence has had a positive impact on the running community, especially in the area of coaching.


High School
Warren graduated high school from Seven Mile High (now Edgewood HS) in Butler County, Ohio in 1961. He earned a total of ten varsity letters in three years (football, basketball, track, cross country). In cross country, he was the Butler County League Champion his senior year and placed 2nd his junior year. But, he didn’t stop with the county titles. He qualified for the Ohio HS State Meet eight times (3x in long jump, 3x in 440, 1x in 4x220 relay, 1x in 4x440 relay). He also set school records in the 220, 440, and long jump and was voted the “Outstanding Athlete” in the Class of 1961.

Warren was recently selected for induction into the Edgewood HS, Butler County Athletic Hall of Fame and will be formally inducted in February 2019.

Warren has been coaching high school track for 36 years and cross country for the past 34 years. He has served in the role of either head or assistant track coach at Madison HS in Middletown, Ohio since 1982 and has served since 1985 as a coach in cross country. During his tenure as coach at Madison HS 15 different runners have qualified and/or placed at the Ohio State Meet in either Cross Country or Track.


In 1986, he instituted a junior high school cross country program for the school system. In 2010, Warren was inducted into the Madison HS Athletic Hall of Fame in recognition of his success as the track and cross country coach.


Road Racing
Warren has been a part of the local road racing circuit since 1978. He has run well over 40,000 miles, most of which were run here in the Miami Valley. He participated in the first running of many of the local races including: LouCox 5K, Turkey Trot, Ghost & Goblins, and Cincinnati Mini Heart.


Over the years he was always a been competitive age group runner and in 1997 at age 55 he ran 17:49 at the
Holiday at Home 5K in Kettering, Ohio to win his age group finishing just ahead of Bob Schul.

Warren’s PR’s include:
5K = 15:52 at the Miller-Lite-Lope in 1983

10K = 33:57 at the Esprit Yogurt in 1980

Half-marathon = 1:16:00 at the Dayton River Corridor Classic in 1979

Marathon = 3:07:00 at the Columbus marathon in 1980.
In the Columbus marathon when he set his PR he paced Julie Isphording through the first 20 miles in 2:01 (6:03 pace).



Warren has had a steady presence in the running community as a contributor for as long as he has been
coaching and running. The following are some of his highlights through the years as a contributor: Madison HS Booster Club member 1980 - present, served as the president or vice president of the club from 1987-1991.

Warren founded the Middletown  Street Striders Club in 1982 to promote running and walking in the Middletown
area. He served as the club president for many years and continues to volunteer at club events. He also initiated the “Summer Series of Races” in the Middletown area including the Sweetheart Shuffle race.

He has been a long time member of the ORRRC and estimates that he has volunteered at well over 400
races in the past 40 years. He served as race director for the St Patrick’s 5K race starting back in 1985 and is still the co-race director. In 2007, he was awarded Lifetime Member Status with the ORRRC for his years of service. Warren currently runs and lives in Middletown with his wife Ruby.

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