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.
Boulder Daily Camera: ” Sooner or later, the Colorado Running Hall of Fame may want to consider opening a Boulder wing. Of the eight inductees for the class of 2009 — the third overall class in the Hall — at least five have strong Boulder connections, continuing a trend that began with the induction of the inaugural class in 2007.
This year’s class, to be inducted at a May 13 ceremony at the Denver Athletic Club, consists of Rich Castro, Alan Culpepper, Benji Durden, Kim Jones, Creigh Kelley, Stan Mavis, Maureen Roben and Jerry Quiller.”