Year Inducted: 2001
Born in New Zealand, Dave moved to Cleveland as a high school junior in 1964. In 1965 he was the Ohio High School cross country state champion. He went on to star at Miami of Ohio University. from 1966 to 1970 running both track and cross country. After college he made the Dayton area his home. During the 1970ʼs and early 1980ʼs Dave was extremely difficult to beat in local competition. By the time his competitive career was over he had run 18 marathons, 16 of which were under the 3 hour mark. He even finished in the top 200 overall in the worldʼs largest marathon, New York City and a top 500 finish at Boston. Dave finished as high as 7th at the highly competitive Dayton Daily News River Run.
As well as being an outstanding runner, he also gave a great deal of time and energy back to the local running community both as a coach and volunteer. Dave coached track and cross country for many years at Valley View high school and directed a number of local races and fun runs. He was the race director for the Germantown Reserve Dam Run and was the founding father of the ORRRC Turkey Trot Thanksgiving Day race.
For many years Dave Also operated the exclusive shop for runners in the Dayton area. The store was called “Sporty Feet” and was the place where many of the local runners went to get their running gear.