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National Black Marathoners Association Announces 2014 Black Distance Runner Hall of Fame Inductee
The New York Pioneer (Running) Club will be inducted into the NBMA Black Distance Runner Hall of Fame at the Run2LIVE Pre-Marathon Banquet in New York City on November 1 at the beautiful American Negro Theater at the Schomburg Center for Research.
The recipient of the NBMA Trailblazing Running Club Award is the New York Pioneer Club.
NBMA Historian, Gary Corbitt states, "The New York Pioneer Club was started in 1936 by three African Americans; Joe Yancey, Robert Douglas and William Culbreath. It was one of the first inter-racial athletic clubs in any sport, amateur or professional. The club was founded to promote higher education for Harlem youth and to advance racial understanding.
The club had a philosophy based on the brotherhood of man and never turned down an athlete because of race, creed or lack of ability. The Pioneer Club was the first of its scope and kind, and a model by which other clubs in other cities followed in years to come. The athletes competed in track and field, road running, and race walking.
New York Road Runner (NYRR) history starts with the New York Pioneer Club (NYPC) and Mr. Joseph Yancey. There wouldn't have been a NYRR in 1958 without the Pioneer Club. The NYRR's first President, Ted Corbitt, was a member of the Pioneer Club. The NYPC was making civil rights history in Harlem and the Bronx during an era of racial segregation. The beauty and genius of Mr. Yancey was coaching an athletic team that was a vehicle for his primary mission of building men of character.
The New York Pioneer Club (NYPC) won the Boston Marathon team championship in 1955 and 1957. Also, from 1948 through 1976 at least one New York Pioneer Club athlete represented the United States at the Olympic Games."
Stephen Jackson, Founder and Executive Director of Run2LIVE adds, "It's exciting to have the New York Pioneer Club inducted into the NBMA Black Distance Runner Hall of Fame at our NYC Pre-Marathon Dinner. Without the NYPC we wouldn't exist. They laid the foundation for other clubs to follow. We're looking forward to having runners from around the world to join us this historic event."
Other NBMA Black Distance Runner Hall of Fame honorees include Ted Corbitt, Marilyn Bevans, Frederick Davis III, Angela Ivory, Frances Gilbert, Warren Elzy, and the South Fulton Running Partners.
About National Black Marathoners Association:
The National Black Marathoners Association (NBMA) is the nation's largest, not-for-profit organization dedicated to encouraging Black Americans and others to pursue a healthy lifestyle through running and walking. It is open to everyone, regardless of athletic ability or previous marathon experience. The NBMA hosts an annual marathon summit each year. Previous locations and events for the gathering have been Lewis & Clark Marathon (St. Charles, MO), New Jersey Marathon, Rite-Air Cleveland Marathon, Lost Dutchman Marathon (Apache, Junction, AZ), Cowtown Marathon (Fort Worth, TX), ING Georgia Marathon (Atlanta, GA), Bermuda International Race Weekend, Deadwood-Michelson Marathon (Deadwood, SD), Madison (WI) Marathon, and Richmond (VA) Marathon. The NBMA's International Summit will be at the Mt. Kilimanjaro Marathon, Halfathon, and 10K on June 28, 2015. The NBMA's 2015 USA Summit will be at the Dallas Marathon during the December 12 weekend. For more information visit www.blackmarathoners.org.
Contact: Tony Reed
Run2LIVE, Inc. is a national running club whose mission is to Inspire, Support and Encourage Black Men & Women to gain and maintain a healthy lifestyle through running and walking regardless of athletic ability or run/walk experience. We are an affiliate member of the Road Runners Club Of America (RRCA). Through the RRCA, we are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. More information can be found at www.Running2Live.org.
Contact: Stephen Jackson