Year Inducted: 2014
Mark has been and continues to be one of the top local runners in the Dayton and Miami Valley region. He has been a top level open and age group competitor ever since he started racing over 30 years ago.
While Mark did not start running until he was age 26, he accomplished some very noteworthy PR’s and became known as one of the toughest competitors in southwest Ohio.
It didn’t take long for the 1975 Vandalia-Butler high school graduate to start making himself known with strong performances on the road. In 1986, he set PR’s at the Stroh’s 5K with a time of 15:24; at the very competitive Minster Oktoberfest 10K with a time of 32:22; and in the half-marathon with a time of 1:15:11 at the Dayton River Corridor Classic.
Some of the notable performances for Mark over the years include: overall winner at the Las Vegas 10K in 1986; ORRRC Turkey Trot 5 Mile (26:01) in 1988; and a PR effort at the Rocket City marathon (2:49:00) in 1989.
As a masters runner, Mark continued to race competitively. He was part of the Goebel Blasters Relay team which won the Masters Relay team division at the Air Force Marathon in both 1998 and 1999. Mark was the overall Grand Master Champion at the 2007 Air Force Half-marathon with a time of 1:26:50. In 2014 Mark placed 2nd in the 55-59 age group at the USATF Half-marathon Championship in Florida with a 1:34:00. He also was the 55-59 age group winner at the 2014 Big Ten 10K in Chicago with a time of 39:35 and he placed 2nd in the 55-59 age group at the Kentucky Derby Half-marathon in 2014 with a time of 1:28:20.
Mark has contributed to the Dayton running community above and beyond his racing accomplishments. For the past 30 years he has been organizing weekly track sessions open for anyone at the West Milton Track as he trains with and helps encourage other runners of various levels. He also organizes weekly runs for Alliance Running, which he has been a member of since 2004.
Mark was one of the original members of a group of runners who called themselves the Goebel “Beer” Blasters. This group included such outstanding runners as Jeff Rawlins, Punky Mills, Ken and Chris Prior, Steve Perez, and others, along with many college runners over the years. Later, he became a part of the Alliance Racing Team with Byron Kimmell and other top notch local runners.
As a part of Alliance Running, Mark has helped work numerous races in various roles. He not only helps with road races but also has volunteered at many high school cross country meets, such as the Alliance Running Cross Country Invitational and the Dayton District Cross Country meet. Mark gives his time for events like the Troy Kids Triathlon encouraging young endurance athletes too.
In 2009, Mark and some of his family members served as co-race director and organizer of the SUEBO 5K (an event that raised over $13,000 for cancer research).