P3R and the Pittsburgh Marathon Hall of Fame Committee have announced the 9th class of inductees into the Pittsburgh Marathon Hall of Fame. The 2017 inductees include Sam Bair, Terry McCluskey, Dr. Ron Roth and Alice Thurau. The 2017 induction ceremony will occur during the 2017 DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon weekend of events.
The 2017 inductees:
SAM BAIR, a graduate of Scottdale High School and Kent State University (1969), currently resides in Shaler, Pa. Known as a mile runner, he became the 24th U.S. runner to break the sub-4 minute Mile in the famed 1967 Bakersfield Mile. That day Jim Ryun broke the world record with a 3:51.1, and Sam ran 3:58.7. Later that year, Sam was the Silver Medalist in the 1500 meters at the Pan American Games.
In 1969, Sam ran his mile best of 3:56.7 at the LA Memorial Coliseum, finishing second to Jim Ryun. His time was the second fastest in 1969. At Kent State, Sam earned 7 NCAA Division I All-American honors.
During the early 1970's, he began teaching and coaching at the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC). He was named Junior College Coach of the year from 1973 to 1977. Sam was also the co-founder of the powerful Allegheny/Nike racing team, a team that dominated local and regional road races in that era. He continued his coaching at the University of Pittsburgh and at the high school level.
Sam's marathon personal best was a fifth place finish of 2:24:46 at the 1977 Maryland Marathon. His son, Sam Bair, Jr., joined him in breaking the 4-minute mile in 2012, running a 3:59.72. They became only the 3rd father and son team to go sub 4-minutes.
TERRY MCCLUSKEY graduated Farrell High School and Slippery Rock College (1970; now Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania) and currently resides in Vienna, Ohio. An accomplished Masters runner, Terry placed 74th at the 1993 Boston Marathon with a time of 2:33:28 at the age of 43. One year later, he set his personal best of 2:30:58, winning the Masters competition at age 44. In 1997, Terry set the Masters Course Record at the Steamtown Marathon with a time of 2:31:35.
In all, Terry has run 29 sub-2:40 marathons, all after the age of 40. After turning 60 in 2008, Terry ran a 2:50:44 at the California International Marathon. In 2011, Terry took first place in the 60-64 age group of the Boston Marathon finishing in 2:48:38.
In 2011, Terry won the World Masters Athletic Championships 60-60 age division with a time of 2:52. Also in 2011, Terry was named RRCA Road Runner of the Year in the Male Masters category. Running Times magazine ranked Terry first overall 60-64 Runner in 2011.
DR. RONALD ROTH is a graduate of Allderdice High School, Penn State University and University of Pittsburgh Medical School. Dr. Roth currently resides in Point Breeze, PA. Dr. Roth began working with the Pittsburgh Marathon in the very early days. In 1993, Dr. Roth took over the position of Medical Director for the event. He held this position through 2003, when the event went on a hiatus.
With the revitalization of the Pittsburgh Marathon in 2009, Dr. Roth once again took the lead for all medical efforts during the weekend of events. Dr. Roth is a co-author on four medical research papers describing marathon medical care. The DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon is known now as one of the best U.S. marathons for medical assistance, much of this attributed to Dr. Roth and his UPMC staff.
Dr. Roth also serves as team physician to the Pittsburgh Steelers, as well as emergency medical consultant for the Pittsburgh Penguins and the University of Pittsburgh Football team.
ALICE THURAU is a graduate of Kittanning High School, Gettysburg College and the University of Wisconsin. Alice currently resides in Clarion, Pa. Alice set her marathon personal best after turning the age of 40. In 1990, Alice ran the UPMC City of Pittsburgh Marathon finishing 30th in 3:00:08.
Alice won the famed Leadville Trail 100 Run in 22 hours and 10 minutes, an event which starts at 10,400 feet of elevation and reaches peaks over 12,400 feet. Alice was a two-time USATF Women's Master Marathon champion in both 1995 and 1996. In 1996, Runner’s World ranked Alice second for U.S. Women Masters. That same year, Alice finished 25th at the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials with a time of 2:40:36 and completed the Twin Cities Marathon in 2:38:13.
Four years later, Alice returned to the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials with a time of 2:46:41. Throughout her career, Alice demonstrated a vast range in her racing distances. Her 10K best was a Master's victory at the 1995 Pittsburgh Great Race with a time of 34:13. In 1997, she set a half-marathon personal best in Las Vegas with a time of 1:15:48.
The Pittsburgh Marathon Hall of Fame was established in 2009 with the revival of the Pittsburgh Marathon. Inductees are selected based on a wide variety of criteria, including international competitive standing, geographical connection to Western Pennsylvania and contribution to the Pittsburgh Marathon.
Hall of Fame Inductees 2009 – 2016. All are athletes, unless otherwise noted (c = contributor, *HOF Committee Member)
2009: Michelle Fettering (c), Don Slusser*, Tammy Slusser
2010: Ed Fry, Cheryl Gatons, Carl Hatfield, Don Norman
2011: Mark Courtney*, Keith Dowling, Malcolm East, Don Freedline
2012: Kevin Gatons, Joe Sarver*, Gary Siriano, Rich Wright* (c)
2013: Jennifer Colgrove-Martin, Larry Kuzmanko (c), Steve Molnar, Paul Zimmerman
2014: Jason Bodnar, Laura Dick, Ken Judson, Larry Grollman (c)
2015: Mary Alico, Mike Radley (c), Terry Stanley, Eric Wilkins
2016: Rich Bogaty, Beth Bonner, Gary Brown (c), Barb Filutze