Year Inducted: 2013
Tom began running in grade school and quickly began to win races becoming a CYO champion at several distances on the track. He ran both cross country and track at Chaminade Julienne High School twice earning All-State honors in cross country (1976,1977). Tom was inducted into the CJ Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008.
The number of races Tom has run and the total awards he has won since he started road racing in 1975 are too numerous to list completely here.
Tom has excelled at distances of one mile on the track to 50 miles on the trails and every racing distance in between. His PR’s include: 1 mile (4:26); 5K (15:42); 10K (32:24); 15K (50:10); half-marathon (1:12); marathon (2:45); 50 miles (6:52).
His PR for 50 miles was set at the 1989 JFK ultra marathon. He placed 9th overall. His time was a ORRRC record for 23 years. He has run more than 25 marathons under three hours and ﬁnished many others less than ﬁve minutes over the three hour mark. He has run the Boston Marathon four times and qualiﬁed for many more. He has run all but two of the ORRRC Turkey Trots, placing and/or winning his age group in many of them.
As a grand master, Tom placed 1st in his age group at both the 2009 Air Force Marathon (3:00:50) and the 2010 Flying Pig Marathon (3:00:47).
Tom had a successful tenure as a cross country and track coach for CJ high school (1991-1996), coaching both boys and girls teams. His 4x800 girls relay team went to state under his guidance and he also coached one of the best female runners to ever come out of the Dayton area (Nicole LaSelle) who won six state championships in cross country (3) and track (3).
Tom helped organize the Run Your Butt Oﬀ 5K and Brother Bill Grundish 5K. Both races were for worthy causes (cancer survival and deserving student scholarships). Tom has also served as a volunteer for Special Olympics events.