Seventh Class (2010)
Coach and Industry Pioneer
Fred Finke's imagination and selflessness has advanced the growth and success of running in the U.S. One of the pioneers of track & field on the internet since the early 1990s, Fred was a five-time state Coach of the Year and national finalist for National Coach of the Year. He served as meet director for some of the largest meets in the country including Great American, Junior Olympic Nationals and World Cross Country Trials. And in 1998 he was the first high school coach to be selected a head coach for a World Championship team. Fred is a founding member of the MileSplit Board of Directors, and in 2001, he was inducted into the Florida Sports Hall of Fame. Finke currently serves as the Chairman of the Long Distance Running Division and High Performance Division for USA Track & Field and is a past board member of Running USA.
Media & Research
One of the founders of Running USA and Team Running USA, media director Ryan Lamppa was part of the organization's staff through July 2014. Ryan is the founder of Bring Back the Mile, a non-profit effort to return the mile distance to track and road race events across America, including at the high school level. The youngest member of the Hall of Champions also serves as a consultant on various aspects of the running industry, including media operations and social media optimization.