Feb. 15, 2020


2020 EVENT
Saturday, February 15, 2020
Holiday Inn Arena
300 J Street,
Sacramento, CA 95814
6:00 pm - Happy hour (no host)
7:00 pm - Doors open and dinner
7:30 pm - Awards presentation

PARKING
There is a lot attached to the Holiday Inn Arena. Make sure to tell the attendant that you are at the hotel for a hotel function and are not an overnight guest nor are you attending an event at the Golden 1 Center. Parking in that lot is $6 for our event. If full, parking is also available around the hotel on the street and in other lots.

Contact ellen@runsra.org with questions

Hall of Fame Inductees by Year

2019 Hall of Fame Inductees

2019 Hall of Fame Class Inductees

Abe Underwood
  • Founder of Buffalo Chips Running Club
  • Founder of Buffalo Stampede 10-Mile Run and Jed Smith Ultra Races
  • Placed second at 2018 World Championships in 2k Steeple (17:17, age 80)
  • 50-Mile National Champion (6:08, age 40)
  • Placed 16th at 1979 Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run (21:43)
Mary Coordt
  • Four-time qualifier and participant of U.S. Women’s Olympic Marathon Trials (2000, 2004, 2008, 2012)
  • Placed third at 2009 USA Master’s Marathon Championships (2:44:59)
  • 2006 Road Runners Club of America Female Open Road Runner of the Year
  • Placed second at 2010 IAU World Trophy 50k Championships and set U.S. Master’s record (3:28:30)
  • Four-time winner at Napa Valley Marathon
  • Two-time winner at Big Sur International Marathon
  • Won two gold medals at the 2011 World Master’s Athletics Championships
Reggie Williams
  • 1987 CIF Cross Country Champion
  • 1988 CIF Track & Field Champion in 1600m and 3200m
  • 1988 Golden West Invitational Winner in 3000m
  • 1988 Gatorade Athlete of the Year
  • Junior national champion in 5000m
  • Prep All-American in 3000m and 5000m
  • Represented U.S. at Junior World Championships in 5000m
  • Represented West at U.S. Olympic Festival in 800m
  • Three-time Pac-10 All-Conference
Shannon Weil
  • Part of “The Gang of Four”
  • Served as a major force in founding the official Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run
  • Instrumental in creating the Western States Run Board of Directors (now the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run Board of Trustees)
  • Longtime Western States Trail Foundation office manager
  • Received the WSER’s prestigious “Little Cougar Award”
  • Served as a Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run Trustee from 1977 to 2012
  • Named WSER Trustee Emeritus after time on Board
  • Coined the phrase that Auburn, CA is “the Endurance Capital of the World”
  • 1969 – Tevis Cup Finisher, 100-miles-one-day trail ride
2018 Hall of Fame Inductees

2018 Hall of Fame Class Inductees

Tena Anex Harms
Local Women’s Running Pioneer

  • Pioneer of UC Davis women’s running
  • From 1974 to 1978, held all Aggie records from the mile to 5,000m
  • Placed second in the women’s collegiate cross country finals at Iowa State as a freshman running for UCD Track club
  • Placed fourth in the two-mile at Collegiate National Championships
  • 1975 – Won the two-mile race at the Woody Wilson Relays in 11:07
  • 1976 – Again won and dropped the meet record by 32 seconds, also captured the mile in 5:09
  • Won inaugural 1978 San Francisco Marathon
  • Set American record for 20 miles (2:03) in 1980
  • Set American record in 3,000 meters (9:42.6) and won mile (4:50.8) at National AAU Championships at age 15
  • Broke American 12-13 year old girls record in half mile (2:16.9)
  • Represented United States at World Cross Country Championships in England
  • Ran with Will’s Spikettes and Del Campo High School
Dwayne “Peanut” Harms
Creative Industry Force

  • Standout performer at UC Davis
  • 1973 USA National XC Championships – 9th place
  • Set Hornet Stadium record in 800m in 1973
  • Founded Aggie Running Club
  • 44 years of coaching experience – UC Davis, Foothill Community College, El Dorado High School, USA World Cross Country, California State Boy’s Track Coach of the Year 2013
  • Industry executive experience – Starting Line Sports, Converse, Reebok, Hind, Pacific Coast Sportswear, VS Athletic, HOKA One One
  • Longtime industry meet manager , clinic director and social event facilitator
Jim King
Western States Legend

  • 1982 – Became first newcomer to win Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run (16:17:00)
  • 1983 – Finished second to Jim Howard by 30 seconds despite taking a wrong turn on course and getting lost for 45 minutes (16:08:00)
  • 1983 – Finished fourth at the American River 50-Miler (6:06:30)
  • 1984 – Won WSER for second win (14:54:00) setting old course record and first runner to finish in under 15 hours
  • 1985 – Became race’s first male three-peat winner (16:02:44)
  • 1986 – Finished third at WSER (18:20:29), won Pacific Crest Trail 50k (4:49:58)
  • 1987 – Finished 18th at Leadville Trail 100 Miler
John McIntosh
The Original

  • Founder and Meet Director of Sacramento Marathon
  • Owner of McIntosh’s Sports Cottage
  • Founder McIntosh’s Fun Runs
  • Eppie’s Great Race contributor
Barbara Miller
Masters Phenom

  • Started running in 1983 in her 40s
  • Ran for Modesto Junior College at age 47
  • Set American age group records in 5k, 8k, 10, 12k, half marathon and marathon
  • Set age group (60-69) course and American record at 2000 Boston Marathon (3:11:57)
  • Set age group course record at 1999 Humboldt Half Marathon (1:29:49) by 7/100th of a second
  • Medaled in World Games in Australia and England
  • Multi-year winner in masters and senior divisions of Pacific Association Grand Prix
  • Multi-year top age-graded runner in Buzz Oates Series
  • Top age group marathon finisher at Boston, Grandma’s, Twin Cities, Big Sur, Portland, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, St. George, Tucson, San Francisco, Disney World, Honolulu, Humboldt, Napa and CIM
  • Race director of Modesto Memorial Classic and founding member of The Spirit of Giving 5k in Modesto
  • Inducted into USATF Masters Hall of Fame in 2007 and the Pacific Association Hall of Fame in 2015
  • Named Runner’s World top female masters athlete of the year in 2000
2017 Hall of Fame Inductees

2017 Hall of Fame Class Inductees

Rich Hanna
Running Renaissance Man

  • Marathon PR (2:17:51) – 1993 CIM
  • CIM age division course record holder (2:36:31) – 2014
  • Two-time national 100k champion
  • Second place at 2001 World 100k Championship
  • American age division record holder – 2014 Jed Smith 50k
  • Coach – Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team In Training and Harey Tortuga Fitness Program
  • Owner – Capital Road Race Management
Bjorg Austrheim-Smith
Ultra Champion

  • Three-time Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run champion – 1981, 1982, 1983
  • Set WS100 old course records in 1981 (18:46:00) and 1982 (18:23:00)
  • First WS100 female gold buckle holder – 10 finishes under 24 hours
  • Two-time American River 50 winner
Marie Mulder
Sports Illustrated Cover Athlete

  • Trained with Will’s Spikettes
  • Sports Illustrated cover athlete – May, 1965
  • Broke national girls’ 880-yard indoor record – 2:11.4
  • Won the first Women’s US National Cross Country Championship – 1964
  • 1965 – Set 880-yard American record (2:11.1) and 1500-meter American record (4:36.5)
  • 1966 – Lowered American records in 880 (2:10.2) and 800 (2:07.3)
Will Stephens
Internationally Recognized Youth Coach

  • Founded and coached Will’s Spikettes
  • Long-time Encina High School coach
  • Won five consecutive national women’s cross country championships – 1964-1968
  • Coached three Olympians – Kathy Hammond, Kathy Weston, Evelyn Ashford
  • 1966 – Coached United States team against British Commonwealth
  • 1977 – Head coach at Oregon State – Women’s track and field program
  • Passed away in 1982
Sue Williams
Long-Time Coach and Industry Pioneer

  • Coached at UC Davis for 29 years
  • Led women’s team to a record 22 appearances at NCAA Championships
  • Men’s team earned berth to NCAA Championships 10 times in 12 years
  • Coached more than 80 All-Americans
  • 1991 – UC Davis women’s team finished second and men’s team finished fourth
  • UC Davis named NCAA Program of the Year in 1991
  • Named NCAA Cross Country National Coach of the Decade – 1980s
2016 Hall of Fame Inductees

2016 Hall of Fame Class Inductees

Jim Howard
Talented Ultramarathoner

  • Marathon PR: 2:16:58
  • 1981: Clarksburg 20, Avenue of the Giants, Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run and American River 50 Champion
  • 1981: Set old course record at WS100
  • Four-time American River 50 Champion
Bob King
Legendary Coach

  • 49 years as high school coach at Mira Loma and Del Campo High Schools
  • 663-56 record in cross country
  • 271-42-4 record in track
  • Team captured 20 Sac-Joaquin Section titles in track and cross country
  • Mentored 45 athletes to compete at CIF State Track Meet
  • 1977: Named California State Cross Country Coach of the Year
  • 2011: Inducted into Sac-Joaquin Hall of Fame
Alex Kosinski
National Record-Holder

  • 2007: Set national high school record in 1,600 meters (4:38.15)
  • Two-time runner-up at CIF State Track Meet in 1,600 meters
  • Runner-up at California State Cross Country Championships
  • Set school record in indoor 5,000 meters at University of Oregon
Greg Soderlund
Pioneering Race Director

  • 2000 – 2012: Race director for Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run
  • Race Director of American River 50 and Way Too Cool 50K
  • Founder Four Bridges Half Marathon
Clifton West
State Champion

  • Sacramento-area’s first state champion
  • 1968: Champion at CIF State Track Meet in mile with 4:09
  • Set freshman mile record with 4:04.0 in mile at University of California
  • 1972: Finalist at U.S. Olympic Trials in 1,500 meters
  • 1977: Represented Unites States as part of 4×400-meter relay team
2015 Hall of Fame Inductees

2015 Hall of Fame Class Inductees

Eric Mastalir
Dynamic Duo

  • Current California High School Record holder in the 5000m with a 14:01.40.
  • Represented the United States at the 1986 IAAF World Junior Championships (track & field) and at the 1987 IAAF World Junior Cross Country Championships.
  • Finished sixth at the California State Track &
 Field Championships in the 3200m as a sophomore in 1984.
  • Captured the 3200m title at the California State Track & Field Championships with a 8:44.95 as a senior in 1986.
  • Teamed up with his brother to set a National High School Record with a 9:56.3 time in the distance medley, a mark that still stands as the California State Record.
  • Was part of the four-mile relay team that recorded the second fastest time ever run by a California high school team.
  • Ranked #1 in the United States in 1986 in the 3200m with a best time of 8:44.95 and #2 in the 1600m with a 4:04.23 performance.
  • Won the 1986 Golden West Invitational with the second fastest time ever recorded with an 8:07.60.
  • Won the 1985 Mt. SAC Invitational with a 14:38, a time that was the third fastest performance ever run on that course.
  • Set the Course Record at the Sac-Joaquin Section Championships at Sierra College with a 14:28.
  • Finished ninth at the Kinney Nationals in 1985.
Mark Mastalir
Dynamic Duo

  • Finished second at the 1985 Kinney
 Nationals with a 14:41, a time that still
 ranks as the #3 fastest ever to be run on the course.
  • Represented the United States at the
 1987 IAAF World Junior Cross Country Championships
  • Earned All-American honors in the 1500m in
 1991 while attending Stanford University.
  • Finished fifth at the California State Track & Field Championships in the 1600m as a sophomore in 1984.
  • Captured the 1600m title at the California State Track & Field Championships with a 4:07.81 as a senior in 1986.
  • Teamed up with his brother to set a National High School Record with a 9:56.3 time in the distance medley.
  • The Jesuit distance medley performance still stands as the California State Record.
  • Was part of the four-mile relay team that recorded the second fastest time ever run by a California high school team.
  • Ranked #1 in the United States in 1986 in the 1600m with a best time of 4:04.15 and #2 in the 3200m with a 8:51.99 performance.
  • Set a Sac-Joaquin Record with his 4:04.15 time in the 1600m.
  • Finished second at the 1986 Golden West Invitational with an 8:10.54 performance, the sixth fastest time ever recorded at that meet.
  • Competed at the 1992 U.S. Olympic Trials in the 1500m.
Jim O’Neil
Masters Standout

  • Began his masters career at the age of 42.
  • Set masters records with a 2:32:36 marathon
 in his 50s and a 2:47:15 in his 60s.
  • Competed in 34 National Masters Track & Field Championships and 15 World Masters Championships.
  • Competed in the inaugural U.S. Masters Track Championships, running the mile in
 4:56 at the age of 43.
  • Ran his fastest two-mile time at the age of 47 with a 9:58 after competing in track in high school and college.
  • Broke a World Marathon Record for the best father-son team by four minutes and 28 seconds at the age of 50 with son, Tom.
  • Set a new World Marathon Record for best father-son team at the age of 51 with a combined time of 5:00:16.
  • Named the Top Masters Runner in the World by Runner’s World Magazine in 1985 after winning the cross country event and the 10K road race at the World Masters Championships.
  • Established age-group records at the World Masters Championships in 1983 in the 50 to 59 group in the 5000m with a 17:01.31 and the 10,000m with a 35:18.80.
  • Set age-group records at the World Masters Championships in the 60 to 64 group in the 5K with a 17:00.00 and the 10K with a 34:27.
  • Current American Record holder for his 10K mark of 32:37 for the 55 to 59 age group, his 10-mile mark of 54:25 for 55 to 59 and his 10K mark of 34:27 for the 60 to 64 age group.
Sally Edwards
Visionary and Distance Champion

  • Co-Founder of Fleet Feet Sports.
  • Co-Founder of the California International Marathon.
  • Set the IRONMAN Triathlon Masters World Record in 1988 with a 10:42 finish.
  • Founded Yubashoe Sports Snowshoes, Upbeat Workouts app for the iPhone, Heart Zones USA and The Zoning Fitness Company.
  • Finished the IRONMAN Triathlon 16 times.
  • Served as the final finisher in the Danskin and Trek Triathlons 160 times.
  • Finished the China Outdoor Quest Adventure Race in 1997 (4 days, 7 extreme sports, 25 hours).
  • Won the Race Across America bicycle race in 1997 covering 3,100 miles in seven days and 22 hours.
  • Finished the Eco Challenge in 1995.
  • Set a World Record at the Iditashoe 100-Mile Snowshoe Race in 1993.
  • Qualified for the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in 1984.
  • Won the American River 50-Miler and set the Course Record in 1983.
  • Finished in the top-five of the IRONMAN Triathlon five times in 1981.
  • Won and set the Course Record at the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run in 1980 with her 20:07 performance.
  • Inducted into the Triathlon Hall of Fame in 2010.
  • Authored 23 books on fitness, health and sport.
Bill Finkbeiner
Talented Ultramarathoner

  • Has logged over 85,000 miles on his daily runs over the last 35+ years.
  • Finished 30 consecutive Leadville Trail 100s with three top-five finishes.
  • Finished over 200 ultramarathons.
  • Finished 17 Western States 100-Mile Endurance Runs with five top-10 finishes.
  • Completed 56 100-mile trail races on six different courses with top -five finishes on each of those six courses.
  • Set Course Record at the 1984 Donner Trail 100 in 16:48.
  • Completed the Winter Crossing in 2004.
  • Was one of only 10 runners to join the horses at the Tevis 100-Mile Ride in celebration of their 50th year.
  • Recorded race wins at the Donner Trail 100 and the Tahoe Rim 50-Miler, and multiple wins at the Silver State 50-Miler and the Sierra Nevada Double Marathon.
  • In 1992, completed the “Western Four” by finishing the Western States 100, the Leadville Trail 100, the Wasatch Front 100 and the Angeles Crest 100 in 16 weeks placing 7th, 3rd, 3rd and 5th, respectively.
  • PRs include: 16:48 for trail 100-miler, 6:02 for 50-miler, 2:44 for marathon.
  • Served as CIM Pace Team leader 10 times.
  • Paced a blind runner at the Pepsi 20 and CIM, and a deaf runner for the entire Western States 100.
Walt Lange
Coaching Legend

  • Began his coaching career at St. Bernard High
 School in Playa Del Rey in 1964.
  • Joined the Jesuit High School coaching staff
 in 1970.
  • Guided the Jesuit Marauders to 39 league
 championships, 24 Sac-Joaquin Section
 titles and a record nine California State
 Championships in cross country.
  • Mentored seven individual state track
 champions in the 1600m and 3200m races at the California State Track & Field Championships and one state cross country Gold Medal winner.
  • California Coach of the Year – 1981
  • CIF Model Coach – 2008
  • National Boys Cross Country Coach of the Year – 2010
  • Doug Speck Award Winner – 2010
  • USATF Pacific Association Legacy Coaches Award – 2013
  • Sac-Joaquin Section Hall of Fame – 2010
  • Mt. SAC Cross Country Invitational Hall of Fame – 2010
  • California Coaches Association Hall of Fame – 2014
  • Jesuit High School Hall of Fame
  • Sacramento Meet of Champions Hall of Fame
2014 Hall of Fame Inductees

2014 Hall of Fame Class Inductees

Al Baeta
Coaching Legend

  • Coached teams at both Mira Loma High School and American River College.
  • U.S. Olympic Men’s Track and Field staff in 1992 and 1996.
  • Served on the International Games Preparation Group of the U.S. Olympic Committee.
  • Competed in Track and Field at McClatchyHigh School and Sacramento Junior College.
  • Ran for legendary Coach Brutus Hamilton at the University of California at Berkeley.
  • Cal Bears team broke the two-mile world record only to be beaten by Fordham by three tenths of a second in the same race, 1954.
  • Coached the American River College cross country team to 23 conference championships and seven Northern California Championships.
  • ARC cross country teams qualified for the California State Junior College Championships 22 years in a row.
  • ARC cross country team finished second in the state in 1964, 1978, and 1989 and third in the state in 1972, 1973, and 1977.
  • American River College also captured five conference championships in track and field and placed third in the state meet in 1970.
  • Directed the Men’s National AAU Track and Field Championships, 1968.
  • Assistant Coach for the United States National Track and Field Team, 1973.
  • Manager for the United States National Men’s Team competing against West Germany and the U.S.S.R in the first-ever dual meet competition behind the Iron Curtain, 1982.
  • Co-Directed the Sacramento International Games, 1984 and 1988.
  • Served on the staff of the United States Olympic Men’s Track and Field Team competing in the Olympic Games in 1992 and 1996.
Patti Gray Bellan
Collegiate and Marathon Champion

  • Captured three NCAA Division II titles in the 3000m, 5000m, and 10,000m.
  • Winner of both the Honolulu International Marathon, 1984 and the Califonia International Marathon, 1987.
  • Represented the United States at the World University Games in Kobe, Japan, 1985.
  • Named an NCAA Cross Country All-American 10 times.
  • Held the 3000m, 5000m, and 10,000m UCD records for over 20 years.
  • Ran her marathon PR of 2:36, with a win at the California International Marathon, 1987.
  • Captured second place in the marathon at the World University Games in Kobe, Japan, 1985.
  • Qualified for the Olympic Trials in 1984 and 1988.
  • Was a member of the Olympic Festival West Team in 1985, 1986, and 1989.
  • Named Aggie Woman Athlete of the Year, 1983.
  • Inducted into the University of California at Davis Hall of Fame in 1991 and Tri-Valley Sports Hall of Fame in 1995.
  • Impala Running Club coach, 1987-1988.
  • Mills College head cross country coach, 1988-1994.
  • USA Track and Field Coach, Yokohama Ekiden, Japan, 1994.
  • Cross country and track coach at Capital High School, Boise, ID, 1996-1998.
  • Has received several Educator of the Year awards.
  • Recognized by the New York Times for her role in Start Strong Healthy Relationships education.
Lindsay Hyatt Barr
High School and Collegiate Star

  • Ran for both Stanford University and the University of Tennessee.
  • Four-time California State High School Champion in the 800 m.
  • Only the third athlete in California history to with four state titles in a row.
  • Five-time NCAA All-American.
  • Was the High School National 800m champion three times.
  • Her 2:06.74 800m time is still ranked as the sixth fastest time in CIF history.
  • Won the 800m title at the Golden West Invitational, 1999.
  • Graduated from Placer High School holding records in the 200m, 400 m, 800 m, 1600m, 3200m and the 4x400m relay.
  • The 400m, 800 m, and 1600m records still stand today.
  • Finished second at the U.S. Junior National Track and Field Championships, 1999.
  • Won Bronze at the Junior Pan Am Games, 1999.
  • Competed at the World Junior Championships in France, 1998.
  • Set the Stanford school record in the indoor 800m as a freshman in 2000.
  • Was a member of the Stanford National Champion indoor Distance Medley Relay team that set a school record with a time of 11:01.56.
  • Captured the indoor Distance Medley Relay title and set the school record in 2004 as a member of the University of Tennessee track team.
Harold Kuphaldt
High School and Collegiate Standout

  • Set the United States National record for 16 year olds in the 3000m, 1981.
  • Three-time high school All-American.
  • Current head boys cross country coach and boys track distance coach at Bella Vista High School.
  • Ran the San Francisco Marathon, his first marathon, at the age of 13 (3:07).
  • Named Nor-Cal Cross Country Junior Runner of the Year, 1980.
  • California State Champion in the 3200m with a time of 8:51:99, 1982. At the time it was the fastest high school time in the nation.
  • Bella Vista Distance Medley Relay Team was the second fastest in the nation, 1982.
  • Finished sixth at the NCAA Division I Championships in the Steeplechase.
  • Member of the National Champion Oregon Duck Track Team,1984.
  • Qualified for the United States Olympic Trials, 1984 and 1992.
  • Placed ninth at the NCAA Championships in the 5000m, 1987.
  • Hit the sub-four minute mile mark in May of 1987 at the Oregon Twilight Meet, 3:59:73.
  • Won the Emerald Award as the most outstanding senior Scholar-Athlete at the University of Oregon, 1987.
  • Inducted into the University of Oregon Athletic Hall of Fame, 2010.
John Mansoor
CIM Founder and Community Leader

  • Founder and Race Director of the California International Marathon, 1983-2012.
  • Mira Loma High School record for the mile, 4:20.
  • Winner Rock n’ Roll Grand Prix Half Marathon Worldwide Series age group, 2013.
  • 1977 cross country team captain Ohio State University.
  • OSU track team finished second in the Big Ten, the highest finish in school history.
  • Ran his marathon PR of 2:18:42 at the Oakland Marathon in 1981.
  • Has finished 14 marathons with times between 2:18 and 2:37.
  • Competed in the Skyline 50K – PA Championship twice, finishing second and third place in 1984 and 1985, respectively.
  • Finished second at the Avenue of the Giants Marathon, 1981.
  • Finished third at the San Francisco Marathon, 1980.
  • Ran a 2:21 at the California International Marathon, 1984.
  • Race Director, San Francisco Marathon 1991-1997.
  • Race Director, Disneyland Marathon and 5K, 1995.
  • Executive Director, Pacific Association of USA Track and Field, 1982 – present.
  • PRs include: marathon, 2:18:42 (1981), half marathon, 1:06:10 (1982), ten-mile, 49:42 (1981).
  • Returned to running at age 50 after a 20 year hiatus.
  • Captured second place in the 10,000m in his age group at the 2010 U.S. Master Track Championships.
  • Finished sixth in the cross country event at the 2011 World Masters Track Championships.
Heike Skaden Mansoor
Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Top female distance runner at Encina High School.
  • 1980 National High School Marathon record holder, 2:43.
  • At 16, held the fastest 3000m time in the nation, 9:48.
  • Heike set her 1500m PR of 4:35 at the age of 14.
  • Has finished 12 marathons.
  • Won the Bidwell Marathon,1979.
  • Won the Magical Musical Marathon, 1979.
  • Placed second at the San Francisco Marathon, 1981.
  • Placed second at the Mayor’s Cup Marathon, 1979.
  • Marathon PR, 1980 Nike OTC, 2:43.
  • Half marathon PR, Bidwell Half Marathon, 1:17:30.
  • 10-mile PR, Cal 10, 59:20.
  • 10K PR, Pacific Sun, 34:55.
  • 5K PR, Davis, 17:00.
  • Ran a 2:46:57 marathon at age 17, just 11 seconds off the world record for her age.
  • Has completed two CIMs, finishing as the fastest local female both years, 1984 and 1987.
  • Heike and her mother Heidi teamed up to be the fastest mother-daughter pair in 1980.
  • Appeared in the April 28th issue of Sports Illustrated’s “Faces In the Crowd” in 1980.
Michael Stember
U.S. Olympian

  • Broke the California State record in the 1600m (4:04) at the CIF State Meet, 1995.
  • Ran collegiately at Stanford University.
  • Named an NCAA All-American 10 times.
  • Represented the U.S. at the 2000 Summer Olympic Games, 1500m.
  • Finished second at the CIF state meet in 1994 in the 1600m.
  • Won the 1600m at the CIF state meet, 1995 and 1996.
  • Was named the Gatorade National Player of the Year in 1995.
  • Captured second place in the 1500m and fourth in the 800m at the NCAA Men’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships, 2000.
  • Holds the Stanford University school record in both the 1500m and 800m.
  • Ran the 800m leg on Stanford’s World Record setting Indoor Distance Medley Relay team.
  • Was a member of the 2000 National Championship team, Stanford University.
  • Won Gold in the 1500m at the Pan American Junior Championships, 1997.
  • Won Silver in the 15000m at the Pan American Games, 1999.
  • Finished fourth in the 1500m at the World University Games, 1999.
  • Claimed silver in the 1500m at the Pan American Games, 2003.
  • U.S. Indoor 800m Champion, 2004.
  • 800m PR, 1:46:20.
  • 1500m PR, 3:35:11.
  • Mile PR, 3:58:40.
  • Has broken the 4-minute mile barrier a total of 10 times.
Tim Twietmeyer
Ultra Phenom

  • Has completed the Western States Endurance Run 25 times, all in less than 24 hours.
  • Seven-time champion of the California 50-Mile Endurance Run.
  • Recognized by Runners World Magazine as a “Trail Blazer.”
  • Started competing in endurance runs in 1978.
  • Has won the Western States Endurance Run five times, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, and 1998.
  • Western States PR is 16 hours and 51 minutes.
  • Won and set the course record at the 1997 Eagle 100-Mile Cross Country Run.
  • Finished the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc, considered the most difficult trail race in Europe.
  • First runner to complete the 165-mile Tahoe Rim Trail in less than two days.
  • Completed a winter crossing of the Sierra in 26 hours, 2004.
  • Set a men’s 50+ course record (10:42) in his first Ironman Triathlon, 2009.
  • Competed in the Ironman Championships in Kona, Hawaii, 2010.
  • Completed his 33rd consecutive American River 50-miler and his 31st consecutive California International Marathon, 2013.
  • Has been a pace team leader for the CIM 13 times.
  • Marathon PR (2:36) was set at CIM, 1989.
  • Currently serves on the Western States Board of Trustees.
  • Previously served as Vice President of the Western States Endurance Run Foundation.
2013 Hall of Fame Inductees

2013 Hall of Fame Class Inductees

Rae Clark
Ultra running pioneer

  • Teacher and coach in Placer County.
  • Started running in his mid-20s during the “Running Boom” of the mid-1970s.
  • Ran his first marathon in 1978 and first ultra (50-mile) in 1980.
  • Has completed 178 marathons and 134 ultra marathons.
  • Holder of 5 American running records.
  • American road record holder for 100 miles (12:12:19) and longest distance (98 miles in 12 hours).
  • American track run record holder for 200K (16:55:38) and longest distance (93 miles in 12 hours; 165.3 miles in 24 hours).
  • Winner of 12 marathons and 30 ultra marathons.
  • Represented the United States as a member of the National 100K team in the World 100K on 3 occassions.
  • 1982: Demolished the course record of the hilly, high-altitude Lake Tahoe 72-Mile road race, running 9:06:14, a time which has still not been approached in the intervening 30+ years.
  • 1989: Set Marathon PR and captured top-25 finish at Las Vegas Marathon with time of 2:28:53.
  • 1990: Won U.S.A. National 24-Hour Track Championship, setting the records noted above.
  • Finished Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run 13 times with a best time of 17:11 and a best finishing place of 3rd overall.
  • First American to become a true “Renaissance Man” of the ultradistance sport, excelling at a world-class level at all 3 race-type venues: Road, Track and Trail.
  • 2006: Logged his 100,000th mile with a final lap around the Placer High School track in Auburn.
Eileen Claugus
Sacramento-area high school and marathon legend

  • Started running in 1967 with “Will’s Spikettes.”
  • 3-Time U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials Qualifier.
  • Held National High School record for mile (4:40.7) for 10 years.
  • 1970: Won Junior Women’s National Cross Country Championships 14-17 age division.
  • 1971: Won Women’s National Track and Field Championships 14-17 age division. Broke national record with time of 4:44.5 and was voted outstanding athlete of the meet.
  • 1971: Won National XC Championships 14-17 age division.
  • 1971: Qualified for U.S. Women’s Cross Country Team and placed 2nd at the World Cross Country Championships in Cambridge, England.
  • 1972: Was an alternate on the U.S. Olympic Team (1,500 meters).
  • 1973: Won National Track and Field Championships for Women’s 2-Mile Run.
  • 1973: Set new National High School Mile Record with time of 4:40.7
  • 1973: Competed on U.S. Junior Track and Field Team in the 1,500 meters, placing 1st at Heidenheim, Germany and 2nd at Warsaw, Poland and Odessa, Russia.
  • 1975: Named UC Davis Female Athlete of the Year.
  • Compiled 9 top-4 finishes including 5 1st place finishes at major marathons.
  • Qualified for 1984, 1988 and 1992 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials.
  • Featured on cover of California Track and Running News.
Chris Iwahashi
Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Research biochemist at UC Davis.
  • First organized race was also her first marathon (Paul Masson Marathon, 4:10).
  • Has recorded more than 60 sub-3 hour marathons and more than 160 official marathons.
  • 3-Time Napa Marathon Winner.
  • Winner of Avenue of the Giants, Marathon de Medoc-France, Detroit Free Press Marathon, Bidwell Classic Marathon, Modesto Marathon and Russian River Marathon.
  • 1984: Ran Sacramento Marathon in 3:24, placing 4th.
  • 1984: Set PR with 3:05 at CIM.
  • March, 1985: Set new PR of 3:03 to win Bidwell Classic Marathon.
  • March, 1985: Set new PR of 2:56 to win Modesto Marathon.
  • June, 1985: Set new PR of 2:54 to win Russian River Marathon.
  • 1988: Set current PR of 2:45:28 at California International Marathon.
  • 1989: Ran 2 sub-3 hour marathons in the same week with a 2:51 finish at the Boston Marathon on a Monday and 6 days later a 2:56 at Big Sur Marathon.
  • Has run 21 CIMs.
  • Holds 50K PR of 3:37.
  • Holds 50-mile PR of 7:09.
  • Completed Comrades Ultra Marathon (90K or 56 miles) 4 times in South Africa.
  • Joined Buffalo Chips Running Club in late October of 1984.
  • 5-Time member of the Buffalo Chips Running Club winning women’s Boston Marathon teams; 3 times with the Open Division Team and 2 times with the Master’s Division Team.
  • Led multiple training programs for Susan B. Anthony Women’s 5K, CIM, and AVON running series.
  • Dedicated volunteer for many events every year, including the Western States 100 and American River 50.
Helen Klein
World Record holder and masters phenomenon

  • Retired nurse and motivational speaker.
  • Running career began with no previous experience in 1978 at age 55.
  • Has completed 90 marathons and 143 ultra marathons.
  • Holder of approximately 75 World and American running records.
  • World record holder for fastest times in her age group for: 1-mile, 10K, marathon, 50-mile, 100K, 100-mile.
  • World record holder for longest distances in her age group for: 24-hours (109.5 miles), 48-hours (210 miles), 5-days (280 miles), 6-days (373 miles).
  • World record holder for 500K: Ran across the state of Colorado in 5 days, 10 hours in 1991.
  • Age 66: One of the first women to complete the Grand Slam of Ultra Running: 5 100-mile mountain trail runs in a 16-week period.
  • Age 70: Ran the 145-mile stage race in the Himalayas.
  • Age 72: Completed the Marathon Des Sables, a 145-mile stage race across the Sahara Desert in Morocco, followed just two weeks later by completing the 370-mile Eco Challenge in Utah.
  • Age 74: Ran the 143-mile stage race across the Peruvian Andes.
  • Age 80: Broke the World Record in the marathon by 39 minutes with a time of 4:31:32 at the California International Marathon.
  • Age 81: Completed the Tahoe Triple by running 3 marathons around Lake Tahoe in 3 consecutive days (78 miles in 18:05:51).
  • Age 85: Broke the Marathon World Record by 1 hour and 4 minutes (5:49:11, CIM). 3 months later she lowered that mark by 12 minutes (5:36:18, Napa Valley).
  • Oldest woman to have finished the following races: Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run, 100-mile Leadville Trail, 100-mile Wasatch Front, 100-mile Old Dominion, 100-mile Angeles Crest, 100-mile Rocky Racoon, and 100-mile Vermont.
  • Inducted into U.S.A. Track and Field Hall of Fame and Road Runners Hall of Fame.
Billy Mills
Olympic gold medalist

  • National spokesman for Running Strong for American Indian Youth and Christian Relief Services, author and motivational speaker.
  • Gold Medal at 1964 Tokyo Olympics in 10,000 meters. Only American to date to win gold in that event.
  • Member of Oglala Lakota (Sioux) Tribe.
  • Commissioned as Lieutenant in U.S. Marine Corps.
  • Began running while attending Haskell Institute in Lawrence, Kansas.
  • 1950s: Attended University of Kansas on athletic scholarship and was a 3-time NCAA All-American in Cross Country.
  • 1960: Won individual Big East Cross Country title.
  • 1964: Qualified for Tokyo Olympics in both the 10,000 meters and the marathon.
  • Olympic victory in 10,000 meters is considered one of the greatest upsets in Olympic history and was named the 2nd Greatest Olympic Moment in History in the 2004 edition of Runner’s World Magazine.
  • Set Olympic 10,000 meter record at 28:24.4, almost 50 seconds faster than his previous best time.
  • In a challenging double, the week after his 10,000 meter race, Billy finished the 1964 Olympic Marathon in 14th place.
  • 1965: Set World Record in 6-mile and 7 American records.
  • 1983: His life story was made into the film, Running Brave, starring Robby Benson.
  • Member of United States Olympic Hall of Fame, U.S. Track and Field Hall of Fame, Kansas Hall of Fame, San Diego Hall of Fame, National High School Hall of Fame, United States Marine Corps Sports Hall of Fame and United States Sports Academy.
  • Served on President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.
  • Recipient of many awards, honors and designations for contributions to sport and the Native American community.
Paul Reese
Distance running pioneer, race director and masters runner

  • 1917-2004
  • U.S. Marine Corps Colonel in World War II and Korean War.
  • Former Sacramento City School District administrator and author.
  • An early member of the Buffalo Chips R.C.
  • Founding Race Director of the Clarksburg Country Run (formerly known as the Pepsi 20 Mile Run), one of the very earliest long distance road races in the Sacramento-area.
  • Founder of the Lake Tahoe 72-Miler.
  • Served as Race Director for the Capitol to Capitol 140-Mile Run and the Sunkist 100.
  • Competed in the early Rocklin ultras, the Lake Tahoe 72-Miler, the London to Brighton, the Comrades Marathon in South Africa, and the Western States 100.
  • Clarksburg Country Run renamed Paul Reese Memorial Clarksburg Country Run.
  • 1997: Finished (in Hawaii) running across all 50 states.
  • Published 3 books: Ten Million Steps: The Incredible Journey of Paul Reese, Who Ran Across America-A Marathon a Day for 124 Days – at Age 73, Go East Old Man: Adventures of a Runner in His 70s Traveling 22 Western States and The Old Man and the Road: Reflections While Completing a Crossing of All 50 States on Foot at Age 80.
  • 1965:  Ran the Belmont Marathon, his first, in 3:40 (1st 40+, 24th out of 64 entrants).
  • 1998: Received ESPN’s ARETE Award for Courage in Sports.
  • 2011:  One of 11 influential, endurance athletes and contributors to be honored by the City of Auburn with an “Endurance Walk of Fame” commemorative paver.
  • Marathon highlights include: 1981 Sacramento Marathon (3:02:22, age 63), 1982 New York City (3:16:11, age 65) and 1986 CIM (3:21:58, age 69).
  • Ultra highlights include: 1981 Jed Smith 50M (7:19:09, age 63), 1981 American River 50M (8:01:51, age 63), 1981 Western States 100M (26:52:00, age 64) and 1985 Jed Smith 50M (7:40:55, age 68).
Dennis Rinde
Sacramento’s fastest male marathoner

  • High school bests:  4:38 for 1-mile; 9:38 for 2-mile.
  • Member of Sacramento State team that placed 6th (1977) and 4th (1978) at NCAA Division II Cross Country National Championships.
  • Holds course records at the California International Marathon (fastest local with 2:14:13 in 1984), Manitoba Marathon (2:13:53 in 1981), Jed Smith 50K (3:02:31 in 1993), Hood to Coast Masters Men Relay (17:57:05 in 2001) and Bay to Breakers Masters Men Centipede (45:01 in 2002).
  • 6-Time Winner of the Manitoba Marathon.
  • 3-Time U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier including a 10th place finish in 1980 with a time of 2:14:22.
  • Winner of more than 45 races during running career.
  • Set 10K PR at Peachtee with 29:19 in 1981.
  • Set 10-mile PR at 1980 Cal 10 with a 48:41.
  • Won his first 5-miler at age 19 (1978 Pacific Coast Association AAU Championship in 5:40:16) and he won his last 50-miler nearly 26 years later (2003 Dick Collins Firetrails 50 in 6:52:39).
  • 3-Time winner of Ride-and-Tie Championships with Jim Howard, and with his wife Ellen, he is the only 5-time finisher of Swanston Pacific 100-mile Ride-and-Tie.
Linda Somers Smith
Olympic, U.S. Champion and Sacramento’s fastest female marathoner

  • Managing/Majority Partner at SLO law firm.
  • Running career began while a Jr at UC Davis.
  • Member of 1996 Women’s Marathon U.S.Olympic Team.
  • Inducted into UC Davis Athletic Hall of Fame, RRCA Hall of Fame and USATF Masters Hall of Fame.
  • Fastest Sacramento-area female marathoner and holds CIM course record for local females.
  • Qualified for 7 U.S. Women’s Marathon Olympic Trials (1984, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012).
  • Member of U.S. World Championships teams in 1995 (marathon), 2002 (half marathon) and 2003 (marathon).
  • 1992: Won Long Beach and Chicago Marathons.
  • 1993: U.S. Women’s Marathon Champion with her 2:34:11 win at the CIM.
  • 1994: U.S. Women’s Marathon Champion with her 2:33:42 win at Grandma’s Marathon.
  • 1995: Awarded 1st place ranking in U.S. Women’s Marathon by Track and Field News.
  • 1995: 7th at World Championships in Women’s Marathon (Sweden).
  • 1996: Fastest women’s 10-mile time (53:21) at Cal 10; achieved personal best marathon time (2:30:06) at the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials where she finished 2nd to make the U.S. Team.
  • 2004: 10th at US Women’s Marathon Olympic Trials.
  • 2006: Won Master’s U.S. Team Cross Country Championships.
  • 2008: Set U.S. 45-49 marathon record (2:38:49) at the Boston Marathon.
  • 2009: Set U.S. 45-49 5K record at Applied Materials Turkey Trot 5K (16:14).
  • 2010: Set U.S. 45-49 records at 10-miles (57:09); 20K (1:09:42); Half Marathon (1:13:31); and ran 2:36:33 at the LA Marathon to finish 6th overall.
  • 2011: Set 10K World Record for women 50+ (34:14) at Heritage Oaks 10K in Paso Robles.
  • 2012: Set U.S. 50-54 marathon record (2:37:36) at the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials.
  • Awards: USATF Masters Runner of the Year (2002); USATF Outstanding Athlete Award Age Group (2002); Pacific Association Runner of the Year Cross Country and Open Women’s Champion (2009); USATF Outstanding Masters Award (2008, 2010, 2011); USATF Masters Performer of the Year (2010), USATF Athlete of the Week (Oct. 2010, Dec. 2011); RRCA Road Runner of the Year Female Master (2011).