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Sixth Class (2009)

Betsy Hughes

Retail and Event Pioneer

In 1977 the specialty running store was a new phenomenon and many store owners began to stage races to promote business. They became the centers of the running communities in every city. Their little store was the heart of running in central Florida. In 1977 Jon went to work for the newly opened Track Shack in Orlando.

A few years later when the owners wanted out Betsy Hughes and her husband were able to buy their interests. Not long thereafter the Track Shack event management arm became more impactful than its retail division. Thousand of people came to the sport through their efforts.

Today they stage about 40 races per year. Crediting their success to avoiding debt and running at least 5 days per year, these two former high school runners  have been able to launch the Track Shack Foundation, which has contributed more than $1 million to community programs since its inception in 1994.

Running USA Hall of Champions Award Winners - Betsy Hughes

Jon Hughes

Retail and Event Pioneer

In 1977 Jon Hughes went to work for the newly opened Track Shack in Orlando.

A few years later when the owners wanted out Jon and his wife Betsy were able to buy their interests. Not long thereafter the Track Shack event management arm became more impactful than its retail division. Thousand of people came to the sport through their efforts.

Today they stage about 40 races per year. Crediting their success to avoiding debt and running at least 5 days per year, these two former high school runners have been able to launch the Track Shack Foundation, which has contributed more than $1 million to community programs since its inception in 1994.

Running USA Hall of Champions Award Winners - Jon Hughes

Rick Nealis

Marine Corps Marathon

Maj Rick Nealis joined the Marines in 1972 and after 20 years of service, retired to join the U.S. Olympic effort as deputy coordinator of the Olympic Torch relay. After that he began his 14 year tenure as director of the Marine Corps Marathon and led the development of this amazing event to its current position among the few really great events in America. The corps seems to love exceptional challenges and it is clear that in directing the Marine Corps Marathon for so many years so does Major Rick Nealis. Anyone looking for testimony to Rick's contribution to running need only experience this great event.

Running USA Hall of Champions Award Winners - Rick Nealis

Carey Pinkowski

Director, Chicago Marathon

Carey Pinkowski built the LaSalle Banks Chicago Marathon to its current eminence among the world's great races.As exective director of the event since 1990, his leadership is considered instrumental in the event's success.

Additionally, Carey worked to secure broadcast of the marathon by NBC and ESPN, and recruited elite athletes to join the marathon field,

He was a four-time state champion in track and cross country as a prep runner in Indiana and a three-time NCAA All American in college.

Running USA Hall of Champions Award Winners - Carey Pinkowski

Toni Reavis

Analyst & TV Commentator

Through his pioneering radio show in 1977, Toni Reavis encouraged people to “create events that inspire” and to help combat childhood obesity by creating a new generation of distance running heroes. In a 2008 address at the Road Race Management conference, he explained that the emphasis on participation statistics and charity fundraising overlooked the vital aspect of creating inspiring images in the minds of the public. This less than popular sentiment is characteristic of Toni Reavis’ willingness to speak his mind based on carefully developed conclusions and always for the good of running.

For many years, he has been one of the sport's main voices and has carried the message of running to all corners of America and beyond.

Toni has earned four regional Emmy Awards and was named “the best television running analyst” by Runner’s World magazine, which referred to him as “the most insightful – and funny – talking head in running.” There is much more than a head – there’s also a great heart in exactly the right place and Running is much the better for both.

Running USA Hall of Champions Award Winners - Toni Reavis

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