Ken Prior

Year Inducted: 1992

 

 


Personal Records: 
5K ... 16:00
10K ... 32:26

The former Tipp City resident was one of the best masterʼs runners in the nation for a number of years.

Ranked by Runnerʼs World magazine as one of the “Top 50 Masterʼs Runners” in the USA.

In 1982 he set a USA record for a Father-Son combined time (with his son Chris) at the Boston Marathon which still stands in 2010. Ken ran 2:34 / Chris ran 2:17.

In 1983 he established an age group record of 54:06 at the prestigious Bobby Crim 10 mile race in Flint, Michigan

As a Masterʼs runner in 1983 Ken ran a 1:11:30 half-marathon in Philadelphia.

Won the Ohio Grad Prix of racing in his age group.

Dayton River Corridor Classic age group (47) winner with time of 1:16:31 in 1988
Dayton River Corridor Classic age group (50) winner with time of 1:19:05 in 1991
Dayton River Corridor Classic age group (51) winner with time of 1:19:02 in 1992

At age 63 Ken won the 60-64 age division at the Boulder 10K in Colorado (50,000 participants).

Ken didn't get into running until age 39, but he quickly owned masters' competition in the 1980's and early 90's in Ohio. In less than three years Prior exploded onto the road racing scene. The longer the distance, the tougher Ken would run. He held the JFK 50 mile Ohio record for 15 years.

Ken has retired from his business and moved to Colorado with his wife Pat.

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