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.
Herb Lindsay is an American long distance runner. After graduating from Michigan State in 1977, Lindsay taught elementary school physical education in Okemos, Michigan. He kept running, hoping to make the 1980 Olympics, but it seemed unlikely. Eventually, against the advice of family and friends, he moved to Boulder, took a part-time job and began to concentrate on his training. He finished ninth in the Olympic Trials 10000m and did not make the team. In the 1979 Pan American Games, Herb won a silver medal in the 5,000m. In 1980, he won the Cascade Runoff 15K, setting the American record. Herb was also one of the founding members of the Association of Road Racing Athletes and was inducted into the RRCA Hall of Fame in 2002.