Year Inducted: 2012
When we show up to a race we sometimes forget that someone had to put a lot of time and effort into the planning, staging, and organizing of that event. Rick is one of those guys who knows how to make it all happen so the race goes on as planned.
For the past 30 years Rick has been involved in a number of different running events, both as a runner and on the other side as director, founder, volunteer, and every other way one can help make the race happen.
The list of race events Rick has either founded and/or directed is impressive. They include the Bremenfest 10K (founder & race director 1980-1987); St Mary’s Hospital 10K (founder and race director 1982-1985); Molton Turkey Trot 5K (founder and race director 1982-1985); St Mary’s Summerfest Triathlon (race director 1983-1985); Stillwater 10K (founder and race director 1991-1997); Englewood Hollyfest 5K (founder and race director 1993-1996); Veterans Administration 5K (race director 2000-2008); Dayton River Corridor Classic (co-director 2007-present). He has also been involved with the Sydney 10K, Ft. Loramie 10K, Lima Pepsi Challenge, Englewood 5K, and the ORRRC Turkey Trot. Rick was also the president of the St. Mary’s Road Runners Club (1979-1984).
Rick started running at the age of 28 after watching the Ponderosa Road Race in 1977. He has run over 40 marathons including New York City, Boston, Chicago, Pikes Peak and Columbus. In 1988, he placed 6th in the master’s division of the prestigious Minster Oktoberfest 10K.
His PR’s include 5K (17:23); 10K (35:22); marathon (3:02:18). In 1985, Rick ran 55 miles from New Bremen to Dayton to benefit the Cancer Foundation.