The Arizona Runners Hall Of Fame was created by Dr. Art Mollen to honor and memorialize the outstanding achievements and contributions of distinguished individuals to the running community of Arizona. It is these individuals who have facilitated the rising of Arizona to the pinnacle of running in America. We honor these individuals both living and posthumously for their quintessential commitment to the health and well being of the Arizona community.
The 2017 Arizona Runners Hall of Fame Honorees
- Dennis Eberhart is one of the early pioneers of the 70's running boom. Winner of almost every road race in Arizona from the "Rocky III K" which was run inside the Grand Ballroom in downtown Phoenix to the 60 mile "Man against Horse Race" from Williams to Prescott. His achievements include All State Honors, All-American Honors and Olympic Trials qualifier. A few of his running highlights include USTFF National Indoor 2 mile Champion (college division) Winner of the1978 Phoenix 10K and a 1980 12th place finish in the Boston Marathon. He was one of the co-founders of the Encanto Geese Running Club and also coached road racers from the age of 7 to 75. He is currently coaching cross-country and track at the prestigious Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas.
- Anne Gallagher Hughes, is a Scottsdale resident. In 1968, Anne was invited to run in an exhibition 440-yard event at the 1968 U.S. Olympic Trials. In 1971 as a sophomore, she ran a 56.5 and as a junior in 1972, ran a 55.5, still the 6th and 7th fastest times in Arizona. In 1972, Anne was the National Girls 880-yard champion, winning in 2:11.2 at the National Outdoor Track & Field Championships held in Canton, OH. She was invited to compete in the 1972 Olympic Trials in Frederick, MD where she placed 5th with a time of 2:08.0. Anne still holds the 2nd, 3rd, 5th, and 6th fastest times in Arizona at 2:08.9 (junior), 2:09.5 (sophomore), 2:11.3 (senior) and 2:12.0 (freshman), respectively. Anne has the 2nd fastest hand-timed 880-yard run in the state at 2:08.0. In 1973, Anne finished the Culver City Marathon in 3:32.08 and finished the Boston Marathon in 2007 as a 52-year old mother of four. While in nursing school at ASU, Anne assisted in organizing the medical aspect of the first North Bank Restaurants 10,000-meter run.
- Bill Strachan was an All-American in the marathon, National Masters 25K Champion, USAFE 5K Champion in addition to several other titles. As a four-time Arizona Masters Runner of the Year he was also awarded the “Art Mollen Award” for contributions to Health & Fitness in 2009. As a renowned coach, he worked with over (25) All-Americans, (9) US Olympic Trials Qualifiers, (20) National Champions, (32) State CC & Track Champions and (4) National Record Holders. When you embrace old school running and training techniques, you are visiting the world of Bill Strachan running. Having rubbed shoulders with many of the sport's greats and for his willingness to share his experiences, the Arizona running community is better for knowing him.
- Angela French, lived in Arizona for 18 years and was a professional triathlete who competed from 1982-1986. Her running highlights include 5K PR 17:05, 10K PR 34:55, ½ marathon 1:18:00, Marathon 2:43:05. One of only two women to qualify and compete in the first six Olympic Marathon Trials for women 1984 - 2000.
- Kim Gallagher, a well-known University of Arizona runner who won a silver medal in the 1984 Olympics and a bronze medal in the 1988 Olympics both in the 800 meters. She has been inducted posthumously.
- Scott Giddings, Glendale resident and champion runner who co-founded the premier running group, Encanto Geese Running Club, all the while earning the Arizona Cross Country Coach of the Year on numerous occasions. He currently is the track and cross country coach at Greenway High School in Phoenix.
- Jan Glotzer Mann, A Scottsdale resident, has had numerous accomplishments in her elite running career. She made the Olympic team in 1968 and was a three time national champion in 100 meter hurdles, Pentathlon and anchored the national championship relay team, which set a national record. Mann made three international US track and field teams: Russia, Germany, and Japan. In addition, she set a world indoor record in the 60 yard hurdles with Chi Cheng. To this day, Mann holds the fastest 110 yard hurdle time in Arizona.
- Rob Wallack is a Phoenix resident and founder of Runners Den, the first true running gear store in Arizona. In addition, his involvement with the development and staging of hundreds of running events led to his playing an integral part in building the running community of Arizona. In addition to Runner's Den, he founded Raceplace Events, Raceplace Magazine and GetSetUSA.com.
- Lisa Aguilera, a prep star at Centennial High School in Peoria, Arizona, was an eight-time Arizona state champion, won state titles her junior season in the 3200, 4x800 and heptathlon, state champ her senior season in 3200m, 1600m, 800m, 4x800m and cross country, a two-time letter-winner in basketball. In 2000 she became Arizona State University’s third woman athlete to earn All-America honors at the NCAA Cross Country Championships with her school best-ever fifth place finish. Named 2000-01 ASU Female Student Athlete of the Year, where she was a double major in computer engineering and finance.
- Harvey Beller is an ASU graduate and served in the USN. He started running in 1976 and competed in 5K, 8K, 10K, half marathon, marathon & triathlon events. While he never won an award, he somehow finished all events he ever entered. One of the state's most prolific race production experts, his production company, Running Masters, produced over 1500 events including the prestigious Stroh's Run for Liberty . He was the Executive Race Director for the Phoenix 10K from 1979 to 2015 and was instrumental in bringing over 12,000 participants to the finish line inside Bank One Ball Park for the first time. He was also presented the prestigious Governor's Council of Health & Fitness Award for outstanding leadership award.
- Lois Drinkwater Thompson competed in the 1968 Olympics while still a student at Phoenix Central High School in Arizona. She also represented the US in an indoor dual against West Germany in 1969. She later attended Wooster College, running track there for their first team in the 1970 indoor season, and represented the Phoenix Track Club. Drinkwater won the 1968 AAU Indoors at 400 metres and also placed second in 1968 in the 400 at both the AAU and Olympic Trials. She competed in international dual meets for the United States against the British Commonwealth team in 1967 in Los Angeles, and against the Soviet Union in 1969 in Moskva.
- Dennis Poolheco (posthumously) 2014 Honorees
- Susan Loken has won the More Marathon (for women over 40) in New York City three times and also was the 2005 Vermont City Marathon champion. In addition, Susan has qualified for four Olympic Trial Marathons, the first at the age of 40. Loken set her personal best of 2:41:31 at P.F. Chang's Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Marathon in 2006. In 2005, she won the U.S. Masters Marathon crown and was third overall at Twin Cities in 2:43:10. She was 32nd in the 2004 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in 2:44:23. Loken lives in Phoenix and has three sons. Also an experienced coach with 10+ years experience, Susan founded Believe Train Become training system.
- George Young is an American former track and field athlete and college coach in Tucson Arizona, He won the Bronze medal at the 1968 Summer Olympics in the 3000 meter steeple chase and held American records in events ranging from the two mile to the 5K. He broke two world records in the indoor two and three mile events. He competed in a total of four different Summer Olympics. 2013 Honorees
- Steve Scott is one of the greatest mile runners in American history. He held the American outdoor mile record for more than 26 years and also is the former American indoor record holder in the same event. Track & Field New ranked Scott #1 in the U.S. on 10 occasions, and 11 times during his career he was ranked in the top ten in the world by T&FN. Additionally, he participated for the US team at the 1984 Summer Olympics. He ran the sub-4:00 minute mile on 136 occasions in his career, more than any other runner in history. He lived and trained in Phoenix for a number of years and was the 1982 Phoenix 10K Champion.
- Ed Mendoza competed in the 1976 Olympic 10K and the 1983 World Championships marathon. Although he made the US Olympic team as a track runner, Mendoza was known more for his exploits in cross-country and on the roads, In addition to multiple shorter road victories at 5 and 10K, Mendoza won several marathons including (2) Fiesta Bowl Marathons in Scottsdale. Mendoza best finish at Boston was fourth in 1983. He later became a high school teacher and coach in Phoenix, Arizona. Personal Bests: 5K 13:56.8 (1974); 10K 28:23.2 (1976); Marathon 2-10:07 (1983).
- Bruce Skinner
- Sally Whitney
- Kathy Gibbons Jackson (posthumously) completed her undergraduate degree at Northern Arizona University, and was one of Arizona's early elite women's runners. Kathy held the world’s record for 1000 m and 10,000 m, and was a member of the 1972 U.S. Olympic Team. She received a MS degree with a specialization in exercise physiology in 1981, and moved to Boulder, Colorado to become a track coach at the University of Colorado.
- William S. Levine 2012 Honorees
- Herman Frazier is a retired American sprinter. He won gold medals in the 4×400 m relay at the 1976 Olympics and 1975 and 1979 Pan American Games. Individually he earned a bronze medal in the 400 m event at the 1976 Olympics. He attended Arizona State University where he became an All American sprinter. He was the team captain of the 1977 national championship track team. He graduated from ASU in 1977 with a degree in political science.As a member of the US National Track & Field team, Frazier participated both in the Olympic and Pan American games.
- Jesse Owens (posthumously) was an American track and field athlete and four-time Olympic gold medalist in the 1936 Games. Owens specialized in the sprints and the long jump and was recognized in his lifetime as "perhaps the greatest and most famous athlete in track and field history". His achievement of setting three world records and tying another in less than an hour at the 1935 Big Ten track meet in Ann Arbor Michigan has been called "the greatest 45 minutes ever in sport" and has never been equaled. He was the most successful athlete at the Games and, as a black man, was credited with "single-handedly crushing Hitler's myth of Aryan supremacy., although he "wasn't invited to the White House to shake hands with the President, either". The Jesse Owens Awards is USAT&F highest accolade for the year's best track and field athlete. Owens was ranked by ESPN as the sixth greatest North American athlete of the twentieth century and the highest-ranked in his sport. He spent the later years of his life living in Tucson, Arizona.
- Lynn Nelson Scott was a distance runner who ran the 10,000 meters at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, finishing 15th. Nelson won the 1988 U.S. Olympic trials to earn her spot on the team. At the U.S. Championships, she finished 2nd in the 10K in 1986 and 3rd in 1987. Her over-all performances saw her ranked in the U.S. top ten four times, with the highest of 2nd in 1986 & 87. As a marathon runner, Lynn was 10th ranked in the U.S. in 1988. She obtained her top World Ranking of 10th in the 10K in 1988. She was the overall female winner in the Phoenix 10K 4 times; 1982, 1985, 1987 and 1988.
- David Barney grew up in Arizona and has strong ties to its running community. He was a state cross country and track and field champion, as well as junior college national champion. Following his days as an All-American athlete at the University of Arkansas, he returned to Arizona. He competed in the U.S. Olympic Trials four times and twice represented the U.S.A. in the world championships as a member of the U.S. National Team. He has been named NJCAA Cross Country National Coach of the Year seven times and was named Indoor Track and Field National Coach of the Year in 2002. 2011 Honorees
- Fred Moore has been one of the most influential figures on the Arizona running scene for over forty years. As NJCAA National Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year, his Women’s team won the National Cross Country Championship 8 times. Fred coached 40 All-Americans at the NJCAA level in addition to coaching top World Class athletes: Lois Drinkwater, Jan Glotzer, Mavis Laing, Trina Leopold, Sandy Marquez, Carla Jackson, Maria Tillman, Becky Allen , Lisa Weidenbach and Lynn Nelson, Named to Phoenix College Track and Field Hall of Fame 1995, he was also named to the NJCAA Track and Field Hall of Fame in 2004. He founded and has coached the Quest Club of Arizona since 1977.
- Sally Meyerhoff (posthumously) attended Duke University from 2003 to 2006 and ran for the Blue Devils.
In 2008, Meyerhoff made her debut in the marathon and finished sixth place at the RnR Arizona Marathon in 2:42:46. The following year Meyerhoff won the US American championship in the 25K and achieved a PR of 2:35:49 at the Twin Cities Marathon. In November 2010, she finished 27th at the New York City Marathon in 2:41:00. In 2011 she celebrated her first marathon victory at the Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Marathon in 2:37:56. She decided to turn to the triathlon during the rest of the season . On March 8, 2011, she was tragically killed while training on her bike.
- Trina Painter began her ascent as a prep star at Scottsdale Horizon, winning several individual state titles, including setting the high school record in the 2-mile. She attended Phoenix College and worked under local legend coach Fred Moore. After graduating in 1988, she trained for the Olympics and was one several collegiate athletes to run the 3,000-meter final at the Trials. In the 1992 Olympic Trials, she competed in the 10,000 as one of the favorites. Painter went on to set an American record in the 20K championships.
She began coaching cross country 10 years ago and has also been an assistant coach for McMillan Elite -- Flagstaff's collection of elite runners for four years. She lives in Flagstaff with her husband David and two daughters.
- Dr. Tom Miller