“Of the five athletes inducted into the 2014 class of the Colorado Running Hall of Fame, three enjoy roots in mountain and trail running. The class was introduced at the Denver Athletic Club on the evening of April 9, by emcee Creigh Kelley, with a special keynote address by Olympic gold medalist Frank Shorter.
Shorter’s address focused on the community of running. “We support each other, we really do. Competing is one thing, but when we turn the switch off, we’re friends,” said Shorter.”
Olympic Gold Medalist Frank Shorter will be the keynote spacer at the Colorado Running Hall of Fame at the Denver Athletic Club on April 9. The event is being held to induct the 2014 Colorado Running Hall of Fame class of 2014. Shorter is a member of the inaugural Colorado Running Hall of Fame class of 2007. Tickets to the event are $25.
Shorter won the U.S. national cross-country championships four times (1970, 1971, 1972, 1973). He was the U.S. Olympic Trials Champion in both…
Frank Shorter is an American former long-distance runner and is credited with igniting the running boom in the United States of the 1970s. Frank Shorter is the only American athlete to win two medals in the Olympic marathon event. He won the gold medal in the marathon at the 1972 Summer Olympics, after finishing fifth in the Olympic 10,000m final. He also won the silver medal in the marathon at the 1976 Summer Olympics.
Shorter first achieved distinction by winning the 1969 NCAA 10,000m title during his senior year at Yale. He won his first U.S. national titles in 1970 in the 5000m and 10,000m events. He also was the U.S. national 10,000m champion in 1971, 1974, 1975 and 1977. Shorter won the U.S. National Cross Country Championships four times (1970, 1971, 1972, 1973). He was the U.S. Olympic Trials Champion in both the 10,000m run and the marathon in both 1972 and 1976. He also won both the 10,000m and the marathon at the 1971 Pan American Games. Shorter was a four-time winner of the Fukuoka Marathon (1971, 1972, 1973, 1974). A long-time resident of Boulder, Colorado, Frank co-founded the Bolder Boulder in 1979.
Stan Mavis was a world-class runner at Michigan State and was part of the fabled Athletics West Track Club. Stan attended Michigan State on a running scholarship in 1973, where he made it to nationals several times. Stan set an American record for the half marathon in 1980 with a time of 1:02:16. Stan become a prominent name is the sporting goods industry, working and managing the Frank Shorter stores in Boulder, building the Pearl Izumi brand from the ground up, and leading Brooks Sports and Sugoi Performance Apparel. He remains a runner and an avid cyclist.
1980 10,000m Olympic Trials (mavis is third from right). Photo: letsrun.com
Rich Castro has been a fixture of the Boulder running community for decades. Rich is the founder and president of the Boulder Road Runners has been associated with the BolderBOULDER in which he has coached winners in the citizen’s race, the wheelchair race, and in the elite divisions since 1979. He has also served as distance coach for Ecuador in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, as track coach for the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program, as Global Athletics Consultant for Reebok International, and as Road Racing Athletes Consultant for Nike Inc. While he did not become an elite runner, Castro did become a coach of elites and non-elites alike. He coached sprinters at CU and helped start the school’s women’s track and cross country programs, which quickly included middle distance star Mary Decker. As head of the Frank Shorter Racing Team in the mid-1980s, he worked with stars such as Stan Mavis, Herb Lindsay and Steve Flanagan.
Steve Flanagan is a U.S. World Cross Country Champion participant and standout marathon runner with a personal best of 2:18. He was at the heart of the 1970s Boulder running culture, running for the Frank Shorter Racing Team and the Colorado Track Club. He is also the father of America’s top female distance runner, Shalane Flanagan, who was a bronze medalist at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
• Held the MN state high school mile record (4:05.1) for 39 years
• Five-time All-American
• Broke Big Ten records in seven categories
• 13th place in 10,000m at the 1976 Olympics
• Won 10 major road races in 1978
• Inducted into the Road Runners Club of America’s Hall of Fame in 1988
• The Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth named the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon after him
Garry Bjorklund started his running career in high school, setting a Minnesota state record mile that lasted for 39 years with a time of 4:05.1. He represented the U.S. at the 1971 and 1975 Pan American Games as well as the 1976 Olympics, managing to make the 10,000m team in spite of losing a shoe during trials. Following his Olympic appearance, Garry became a marathon runner, earning fifth-place finishes in both the 1977 New York City Marathon and the 1979 Boston Marathon. By 1980, he had set a national age group record and personal best time of 2:10.20 at Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth Minnesota. His strong road running during this time earned him a place in the Road Runners Club of America’s Hall of Fame in 1988. Garry has lived in Colorado since the late 1970s, training with the Colorado Track Club and running partner Frank Shorter.
Garry Bjorklund, right, battles with Dick Beardsley in the 5th edition of Grandma’s Marathon. Photo: Dulluth