Year Inducted: 2011
Dale began his running career in high school with limited, if any success. He was the smallest and slowest runner on the high school team. At that time in his life, he never intended to continue running after high school. He returned to running ten years later and has never looked back.
He became a member of the Bob Schul Racing Team in the mid 1980’s and trained under the guidance of Olympic gold medalist Bob Schul until 2002. During that period of time, Dale became one of the better local and regional master and grand master runners on the Bob Schul Racing Team.
In 2002, he moved to Pensacola, Florida where he founded and coached the Emerald Coast Racing Team. Some of the ECRT runners reached national class status.
In 2006, Dale returned to Ohio to be closer to his granddaughters. Because of his passion for coaching, in July 2007 he formed the 5 Rivers Running Team. With the 5 Rivers Running Team he continues to coach and mentor local athletes of all ages and abilities as well as promote the sport of running. He currently lives outside of Fairborn, Ohio with his wife, Pat, of 40 years.
Dale recorded master PR’s of 17:24 in the 5K, 36:10 in 10K, 55:39 in the 15K, 1:19:00 in the half-marathon, and has a 2:58 marathon as a master.
He was the 3rd overall master at the Cincinnati Heart 15K in 1995. Dale won the Grand Master division in 1999 at the Dayton River Corridor Classic. At the Music City Half Marathon, he was the 2nd Grand Master in 2002 and 2004. He won the Pensacola Fiesta 10K Grand Master in 2002. Dale has completed 22 marathons, including Boston.