Greater Cincinnati Hall of Fame
Threw shot put and discus for Cincinnati Hughes High School and Cornell University; won two national AAU discuss titles and scored in three others; won the shot put and discus in the 1925 state high school meet to lead his team to the state championship; set one Ohio high school discus record; won the discus in the 1932 Olympics and was fifth in the 1928 Olympic discus.
Known as the “Father of American Distance Running,” Ted has run more than 200 marathons in the U.S. and internationally; founder of the New York Runners Club and one of the organizers and founders of the New York City Marathon; competed for Cincinnati Woodward and the University of Cincinnati; AAU marathon champion; held five American records in distance running; participated in one Olympic marathon’ pioneer in American ultra-marathoning.
A pioneer for Cincinnati’s women’s running, she won or placed in numerous Avon Running Global Women’s Circuit events, the series that eventually convinced the IOC to add women’s marathon events to the Olympics; placed second at the Columbus Marathon in 1983, becoming the first woman from Cincinnati to qualify for the Olympic trials; worked with the Leukemia-Lymphoma Society to develop the Team in Training program, training ordinary people to run their first marathons and in nearly two decades of coaching has guided more than 9,000 people across the finish line while helping raise more than $10 million for charity. Has run more than 105 marathons without injury; competed in the 1984 and 1988 Olympic trials; winner of the First Columbus Marathon; in 2008 founded “Miles That Matter,” a sport training program giving runners not only feet to run but wings to ‘fly’ with her ‘can-do’ attitude.
Won six events in NCAA meets; participated in the Olympics, the World Championships and the World Junior Meet; ran as a professional in track and field events; head women’s track and field coach for the University of Dayton from 2001-2004.
Sprinted and jumped for Cincinnati Walnut Hills High School and the University of Michigan; won the long jump at the 1924 Olympic Games and placed third in the 1928 Oympic long jump; won long jump in six national AAU outdoor meets; won two NCAA outdoor long jump titles and won 100 meter title; won six Big Ten titles; went to high school at a time when the city Board of Education would not allow student-athletes to travel to Columbus for the state track meet; member of National Track and Field Hall of Fame.
CONNIE JO ROBINSON
Ran at Reading High School and North Carolina State University; multiple collegiate All-American; scored three times in the NCAA cross country meet; won the Kinney National (now Footlocker) High School Cross Country Championships in 1981; won four straight Hamilton County Conference National Division 1600 meter run titles; won three 1600 state track titles; two-time individual state cross country champion; set state high school record in the 1600.
Started coaching cross country in 1966 in both high school and, eventually, Xavier University; best known for his chain of running stores in the Greater Cincinnati area; helps train hundreds of runners and walkers for various events each year through his store-based running groups.
Began his coaching career at Trotwood-Madison High School, where four of his athletes became college All-Americans; has two Olympic medalists from his program, David Payne (silver, hurdles) and Mary Wineberg (gold, 4x400 relay); named Conference USA “Coach of the Decade” in both track and cross country; conference Coach of the Year 15 times; Ohio Cross Country Coach of the Year two times; coached 131 individual conference champions and 21 NCAA Division 1 qualifiers.
1987 State Cross Country Championship Individual Runner-Up; back to back state runner-up in the 3200; was track All American in the 10,000 meters in 1992 and 1993; ACC Conference Team Champion; NCAA Cross Country Championship Team Qualifier; Individual All-ACC; Wake Forest Most Valuable Track & Field Athlete; six-time winner of the Thanksgiving Day run, the most all-time.
Two-time state champion at Sycamore High School in both high hurdles and 300 intermediate hurdles; set seven state records; won five Big 10 hurdle events and captured the NCAA title twice at Indiana University; currently coaching track and field at Radford University in Virginia; member of both the LaRosa’s and Sycamore High School’s halls of fame; two time Penn Relays champion; U.S. Olympic Trials finalist; five-time member of US Track and Field team.
DON WAHLE [LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD]
Began his running career at Hughes High School, then attended the University of Cincinnati where he broke the mile run record that stood for 25 years and the two-mile run record, which stood for more than a decade; started and directed the summer track series that continues to this day; initiated the fall cross-country series that still is being held; elevated the Thanksgiving Day race from fewer than 50 runners to nearly 600 in 1977; now 73 years young, Don still runs more than 20 miles a week and competes in many of the local races year round, even though he is legally blind; he and wife Ginny also bicycle more than 3,000 miles a year on their tandem bicycle; generally regarded as the single most important name in the Cincinnati running community from the early 1960s through the ‘80s.