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Monday, April 02, 2007

Lorraine Moller included in inaugural Colorado Running Hall of Fame class


New Zealand runner, Lorraine Moller, has been named in the first class of inductees for the Colorado Running Hall of Fame.
Moller, a four-time Olympian from New Zealand who won a bronze medal in the marathon at the 1992 Olympics will be inducted, along with six others at a reception May 18 in conjunction with the Colorado Colfax Marathon, which will be run two days later.

Other inductees include:

Pat Porter who won eight straight U.S. cross country titles.

Frank Shorter, gold medalist in the 1972 Olympic marathon and silver medalist in 1976, an adviser for the Bolder Boulder and the first chairman of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.

Joe Vigil, who coached for three decades at Adams State, producing 14 national championships and 425 All-Americans. Vigil also coached Deena Kastor to a bronze medal in the marathon at the 2004 Olympics.

Colleen De Reuck, a four-time Olympian who won the U.S. women's marathon Olympic trials at age 40 in 2004 and won a bronze medal at the 2002 world cross country championships.

Jon Sinclair, a former Colorado State runner who dominated American road racing in the early 1980s.

Ted Castaneda, a University of Colorado runner of the 1970s and longtime Colorado College coach whose record for the mile in Colorado (4 minutes, 4.86 seconds) has stood for 41 years.
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Gary Moller comments:
It is great to see our sports people gaining due recognition overseas. It is a shame that they have to leave our shore to ply our trade, I still think we could do more to honour them and we could do a lot more to stop losing them for good. In Lorraine's case, it begs the question: "Why isn't she in our (New Zealand) sporting hall of fame?"

Have a read of my Prime Minister's Scholarship discussion document which offers some practical and affordable way to stem the drain of our sporting talent and honouring them as well (Page 9 onwards deals with solutions).
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