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.
Runners Feed: “Steve Flanagan, father of current American distance running phenom, Shalane Flanagan, was inducted into the 2011 class of the Colorado Running Hall of Fame yesterday Tuesday, April 19. Steve Flanagan represented the United States on three occasions at the World Cross Country Championships, and was a standout marathon runner with a personal best of 2:18.”
Competitor: “Shalane Flanagan’s father headlines the list.”