2019 National Black Distance Running Hall of Fame Honorees Announced
The National Black Marathoners Association (NBMA) will induct four runners, coaches, and race organizers into the 2019 National Black Distance Running Hall of Fame at the 2018 Baltimore Running Festival and 2019 Little Rock Marathon.
BALTIMORE - July 26, 2018 - PRLog -- The National Black Marathoners Association (NBMA) is pleased to announce part of the 2019 National Black Distance Running Hall of Fame honorees. These individuals are recognized for their running abilities from 800 meters to the marathon and service and leadership in the African-American and running communities.
The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will occur at the 2019 NBMA Annual Summit banquet at the Little Rock Marathon on Saturday, March 2. This is the organization's fifteen-year anniversary. The honorees include Herman Atkins, Alisa Harvey, Oscar Moore, and the Honorable Mayor Catherine Pugh of Baltimore, MD.
The 2018 NBMA Annual Summit will be at the Baltimore Running Festival, which was founded by Mayor Pugh in 2000. Her award will be presented at this year's summit on October 19. The NBMA will also honor 2013 Hall of Fame honoree and Baltimore native Marilyn Bevans with the first National Black Distance Running Hall of Fame commemorative medallion. Baltimore's Harbor City Striders Running Club, which inspired runners in the 1980's, will also be recognized. The 2018 and 2019 NBMA Annual Summits and the 2019 Hall of Fame are sponsored by the Atlanta Life Insurance Company, Road Runners Club of America (RRCA), Ashworth Awards, and Leslie Jordan, Inc.
Tony Reed, NBMA's Executive Director, says, "We're very excited about coming to Baltimore and celebrating its rich history of African-American distance running."
"Maintaining a regular running schedule in an already-active lifestyle is what enables me to be the very best that I can be for the citizens of Baltimore, and the best that I can be for myself," says Mayor Pugh. "I'm so honored that what is an essential part of my very early morning day and throughout my life has led to my inclusion into the Hall of Fame of the National Black Marathoners Association. I began the Baltimore Running Festival because of my love of jogging and as a way to bring people of every walk of life and age group together in the enjoyment of a sport and of a healthy way of life."
Information about the 2018 and 2019 NBMA Summits is available at http://www.blackmarathoners.org/
Herman Atkins (Everett, WA)
Alisa Harvey (Manassas, VA)
Oscar Moore (Glassboro, NJ)
Catherine Pugh (Baltimore, MD) – Community Service Award
Additional information about the honorees is available at http://www.blackmarathoners.org/
About the National Black Marathoners Association
The National Black Marathoners' Association (NBMA) is the largest and oldest nonprofit organization in the U.S. dedicated to encouraging African Americans and others to pursue a healthy lifestyle through distance running and walking. It is open to everyone, regardless of his or her athletic ability, ethnic background, or previous marathon experience. The NBMA hosts an annual multi-race summit. Previous races and locations have been Lewis & Clark (St. Charles, MO), New Jersey (Long Branch, NJ), Cleveland (OH), Lost Dutchman (Apache Junction, AZ), Cowtown (Fort Worth, TX), Georgia (Atlanta), Bermuda International Race Weekend, Deadwood-Michelson (Deadwood, SD), Madison (WI), Richmond (VA), Windermere (Spokane, WA), Dallas, Columbus (OH), and the Go! St. Louis Marathons.
For more information, please visit www.BlackMarathoners.org
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