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April 10, 2010 - Comment from Bill Quinlisk

There was an e-mail sent to members of the USATF Niagara Association from Kevin Lucas purportedly on behalf of the USATF Niagara Association that has attempted to denigrate and malign the efforts of Dr. Marc Grosso and the Niagara Track Hall of Fame. This e-mail message from Mr. Lucas (I can't believe that the Niagara executive committee fully supports this attack) is loaded with distortion of the facts, half-truths and innuendo and the timing of its release (Easter Sunday, 2010) can only be seen as a direct attack on the upcoming Niagara HOF awards' luncheon scheduled for this coming Sunday, April 11, 2010 in Syracuse. It is apparent to all who thought this issue had been resolved that Mr. Lucas is continuing his personal vendetta against Dr. Grosso. This is disheartening to all those who thought that the HOF issue had finally been put to rest several years ago when Dr. Grosso filed a grievance against the USATF Niagara Association - and won.The RIT River Road Running Club fully supports the efforts of Dr. Grosso and the Niagara Track Hall of Fame. He founded and directed the Niagara Track HOF and has done a great job in its development over the years. The Niagara HOF is, and hopefully under the continued guidance of Dr. Grosso will continue to be, one of the finest Track HOF's in the country. Congratulations to the six new HOF inductees.


April 9, 2010 – For immediate Release

Frank named recipient of USATF Masters Long Distance Running Award

INDIANAPOLIS – Norm Frank, who has completed more marathons than any American in history, will be presented with a Special Recognition Award by USA Track & Field’s Masters Long Distance Running Committee on April 19, 2010.

The presentation will begin at 10 a.m. at an informal brunch to be held at the Clover Blossom Legacy Retirement Community, 100 McAuley Dr., in Rochester, N.Y. The date and time of the presentation were chosen to coincide with the start time of the 114th running of the Boston Marathon, a race that Frank has competed in 30 times. The award is given in recognition of unique contributions to the sport of Masters Long Distance Running.

Frank ran his first marathon at the 1967 Boston Marathon when he was 35-years old. Since then he has completed an incredible 965 Marathons.

For three years, 1994-1997, Frank held the World Record for most marathons completed according to the Guinness Book of Records. A resident of Rochester, N.Y., the 78-year old Frank has run, trotted and walked in marathons in every state in the Union and many nations abroad. His total of 965 Marathons completed equates to an average of over 20 marathons a year since his first in 1967. All totaled he’s logged some 25,000 miles in his marathon races alone; that’s once around the circumference of the earth. Estimates place his total number of miles run at 86,000.

His first marathon was the venerable race in Boston, where he would answer the starter’s gun 29 more times in that city alone. He also ran marathons in Ottawa, Athens, and several European nations. One of his most memorable was the North Pole Marathon held just 200 miles away from the top of the world. Why would he take on such a grueling challenge under frigid conditions? “Just for fun and the challenge of participating in events like this,” said Frank. “Before long it became a habit. It was the thrill of meeting local people and getting the feeling of the places I visited.”

Meanwhile, all this was done while managing his own landscaping business (Marathon Lawn Service) and raising two children, now grown. His personal best of 3 hours 22 minutes set at the 1976 Rochester Marathon will not challenge any records, but his longevity and enthusiasm for running is legend.

Frank is currently battling back from three strokes and a bacterial infection around his heart.  He is making progress and is already back on a treadmill. His goal is to complete 1,000 marathons.

Norm Frank's Century Milestone Marathons:

900th - Memphis Marathon - Memphis, TN

800th - Rocket City Marathon - Huntsville, AL

700th - Rocket City Marathon - Huntsville, AL

600th - Vermont City Marathon - Burlington, VT

500th - Eriesistable Marathon - Erie, PA

400th - Boston Marathon - Boston, MA

300th - Almost Heaven Marathon - Wheeling, WV

200th - Midnight Sun Marathon - North Pole

100th - Eriesistable Marathon - Erie, PA

1st - Boston 1967





Contact: USATF Masters LDR, Vice-Chairperson, Bill Quinlisk for further information.

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