Eleventh Class (2014)
Jeff Galloway has had a varied, impactful career in our sport from the inaugural Peachtree Road Race champion in 1970 to member of the famed Florida Track Club to 1972 U.S. Olympian to founder and owner of Phidippides–the oldest running specialty store to best-selling author to training program creator to motivational speaker and more.
Over the past three decades, he has inspired hundreds of thousands to get off of the couch and take their first step towards fitness. Put simply, his efforts and passion have helped fuel the Second Running Boom.
In addition, Jeff was the #1 recognized running personality by 70% of the respondents in our 2013 National Runner Survey.
Galloway is the 42nd inductee to the Hall of Champions.
Scott Keenan has blazed a trail mainly in the northwoods of Minnesota, and it isn’t often that an event has its original founder and race director 36 years after its first edition. In fact, this inductee grew his event from 150 runners in 1977 to more than 17,000 participants by 2013, all in the small city of Duluth. His event also was one of the first marathon’s to add a half-marathon to their event mix. Grandma’s Marathon, a true community owned and supported event, is one of the friendliest and most hospitable running events in the world, and the event has earned the highest ranking ever by Marathon & Beyond – 968 points out of 1,000. Talk about Minnesota Nice!
In addition, over the past 40 years, he has planned and produced of hundreds of running events throughout the region including the Park Point 5-Miler, the oldest road race in northern Minnesota, and in 1990, he created the Young Athletes Foundation (YAF), a Grandma's Marathon program focused on the promotion, growth and development of youth athletics in the area.
Keenan is our 43rd inductee.