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Omaha Running Club Hall of Fame

2017 Hall of Fame Inductees

Tony Jones

In the late 1980's, the Omaha Running Club was struggling. Many of the original board members were burned out. Tony stepped up and volunteered to be the club President. He would end up running the club for four years -- and stayed active on the Board of Directors for ten years. Throughout the 80's and 90's, Tony was assistant race director for many of the popular races including the Chiller Challenge and the Festival of Races. Tony was a regular on the road race circuit and was a strong competitor. He ran 31 marathons, including a personal best at Lincoln of 3 hours and 17 seconds.

Harvey Kunz

Harvey was one of the runners that stepped up in the 1980's and kept the club moving forward. He has continued to volunteer, working the finish line at ORC races for decades. As a competitive runner, Harvey traveled around the country running at least one marathon each month for many years. For over 30 years, Harvey was a fixture at ORC events -- either as a competitor or a volunteer.

2016 Hall of Fame Inductees

Tim Dooling

Tim is an outstanding runner. He dominated the Omaha running scene for much of the 1980’s. Tim has an impressive collection of victories in the area and was the RRCA National Champion at one point – winning the 5 mile event. Most area runners around during the 1980’s and 1990’s agree that Tim Dooling had the most impressive running career in the ORC history.

Jose Badillo

Jose is one of the top runners in his age group and has done well locally, regionally and even nationally. He has won the Cornhusker State Games, the Nebraska Senior Games and won age group awards at the National Senior Games. Jose has completed the London Marathon on several occasions. He is also a loyal volunteer for the Omaha Running Club.

2015 Hall of Fame Inductees

Tom Whitaker

Tom has been the President of the Omaha Running Club for the past 13 years and is very active in the running community, regularly providing timing and scoring support for races. During that time, the club's membership has grown and the club has gone from sponsoring two annual races to 11, as well as providing eight free fun runs based on holiday themes. Tom's leadership has provided a stable environment for the club. He has implemented governance principles such as an annual president's performance review, an annual board performance review and a confidentiality agreement for Board members. The Board has also adopted code of conduct and conflict of interest policies. Tom is the race director for the Heartland Marathon and is the Nebraska State representative for the RRCA, and is a Certified RRCA Race Director. In addition, Tom has been a runner for over 30 years.

Daren Konda

Daren has been active in the Omaha running community for several years. He has been on the Omaha Running Club Board for 14 years – and has served as the Vice President for most of those years. He has organized and directed the popular holiday fun-run series which offers local runners a chance to meet others in the running community at low-key, free events. Daren has been a valuable resource for the Omaha community providing leadership and serving as the Director for many races which promote Omaha's cultural and sporting events, such as the Road to Omaha CWS 5k and the Holland Run. Daren is also a very competitive runner and is frequently near the front of the pack at local road races. He has completed several marathons including the Boston Marathon on several occasions.

2014 Hall of Fame Inductees

Roxi Erickson

An outstanding long distance runner - Roxi was recognized in Runner's World magazine on several occasions for not only her marathon times and wins - but also her durability and ability to run multiple quality marathons per year. Roxi has an impressive collection of Lincoln Marathon victories as well as many in high profile local races. She has been the dominant female runner in the Omaha and Lincoln area since the early 1990s.

Ron Olsen

has been competing in area road races since the 1970s. He is the only person to run in every single Lincoln Marathon -- 37 to date. At one time, Ron was also a "go to" race director for Omaha civic-groups and charities. Over an 8-year period beginning in the late 1980s, Ron averaged 2 to 3 events per month during the busy road race season. Some of his more memorable runs included the Miracle Hills Mile and the Literacy Run. Ron introduced the "Clydesdale Division" to Omaha which helped attract runners who would otherwise avoid road races.

2013 Hall of Fame Inductees

Jim McMahon

was one of the early pioneers in organized running Omaha. He was the second president of the Plains Track Club. At the time he was the cross country coach at UNO. Jim has been the track coach at Midlands College for 36 years. His name comes up in any discussion with runners from the 70’s. Many early ORC members claim that without Jim, there would not have been a Plains Track Club (later renamed Omaha Running Club).

Gary Wasserman

was one of the most dominant runners in Nebraska for many years. A former Nebraska Wesleyan athlete, Gary was inducted to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Association (USTFCCCA) Division III Track & Field Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012. Gary, a 14-time USTFCCCA All-American, is the only man in Division III history to win three indoor NCAA 5000-meter crowns – he did so with three straight wins in 1991, 1992 and 1993. Gary won the 1992 NCAA Cross Country title and was a three-time All-American in cross country. He was a four-year NCAA scorer in the indoor 5,000, outdoor 5,000 and 10,000 meters and is one of ten men in D-III history to be a four-time All-American in the same event indoors and outdoors. Gary is in the all-time Division III top ten in the indoor 5,000 and outdoor 10,000. The Grand Island, NE, native still owns three NWU school records (indoor 5,000; outdoor 5,000 and 10,000) and is also the NWU record holder for the cross country team’s 8,000 meter home course at Pioneers Park. He earned CoSIDA Academic All-America honors in 1992 and 1992. Gary was inducted into the NWU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2003. The press release for his induction into the HOF has the following quote: Gary Wasserman, originally from Grand Island, NE, is the most accomplished distance runner ever to compete for Nebraska Wesleyan.

2012 Hall of Fame Inductees

Erin Sullivan

has been a volunteer and race director in the Omaha running community for over 28 years. She was an Omaha Running Club board member for eight years and is a past president of the club. Erin started the “Ladies of the Evening” women’s running group in 1987. She is also a member of the Omaha Corporate Cup Hall of Fame. She received the UNO Alumni Award for Excellence in Public Service in 2007. She is the Chairperson for US Masters Swimming and was the Event Coordinator for the US Masters National Swim Meet in 2012. As a competitor she won the Omaha Corporate Cup Run 10k in 1985 as well as many local running races, triathlons and swimming events. Erin competed in the Hawaiian Ironman Triathlon in 1987.

Ronn Baker

has been the top competitor in his age group in the Nebraska/Iowa area for the past 25 years. In 2010, Ronn set the age group record for the 70-75 year-old age group at the highly regarded Bix 7 in Davenport, Iowa - where he has consistently won his age group for many years. Over the years, aside from his age group, he has also been one of the most dominant Masters runners in the Midwest.

2011 Hall of Fame Inductees

Jimmy Hall

was one of the most dominant and consistent competitors on the Nebraska and Iowa road racing circuit throughout the late 1970’s and 1980’s. A Nebraska Class B State Champion in both cross country and track – Jimmy went on to run both sports at the University of Nebraska at Omaha where he was an All American in each. While at UNO, his cross country team won the Northcentral Conference and finished 5th in the country. Jimmy ran a lot of road races – and he won most of them. His personal best in the 10K was 29:52. An automobile accident shortened his running career. Jimmy was the race director for the popular El Bees “pairs” race in Waterloo for several years and was also the Assistant cross country coach at Paul VIth High School and a graduate assistant coach for both track and cross country at UNO.

Greg Carlberg

was one of the pioneers of the Plains Track Club and was arguably the areas fastest and most accomplished distance runner ever. Among his career highlights, Greg won the Drake Relays marathon, competed in the Olympic Marathon Trials and was Nebraska’s first sub-four minute miler. A search on the internet shows that Greg ranks 205th on the all-time list of fastest American milers. He ran that time in Houston on February 13, 1971. Greg was an All-American at the University of Nebraska in 1971 where he placed 5th in the NCAA outdoor track meet.

2010 Hall of Fame Inductees

Stan Shirk

has been a long-time ORC volunteer. He was first elected to the ORC board in 1995 and served on the board through 2004. During that time, he held Secretary, Membership Chairman and Executive Director positions. He has been a Technical Advisor to the Club since 2004 and has been the resident expert in providing scoring expertise. He has scored virtually all of the major events in the Omaha area, including college and high school cross country meets. Stan is also a competitive runner and has often won his age group in local races – but his volunteer efforts, particularly scoring events, has limited his road racing in recent years. His personal best in the 10K (35:11) and the marathon (2:48) are indicative of his running prowess. Stan founded the ORC Marathon Training Clinic in 2001 and served as Director for the clinic for four years. He also founded and directed the first ORC Volunteer Recognition Dinner. Stan also was the Race Director for the YMCA Masters event from 1989 to 1998. In 2004, a full-page article in the Omaha World Herald (complete with color photos) highlighted Stan’s running experiences while deployed in Iraq.

John Hawkins

was an outstanding runner at UNO – John was a formidable competitor in the Omaha area during the late 70’s and early 80’s. One of the initial members of the Elmwood Park Track Club/UNO Track Club. Recognized as the founder of the Plains Track Club. Directed many of the early road races. His efforts set the tone for the future.

2009 Hall of Fame Inductees

Bea Sides

entered the HOF as a competitor and a volunteer/race director. Bea has been the race director of the Go Girl Run for 12 years. She has been a leader of the Ladies of the Evening, monthly running group for 18 years. Most importantly Bea has taught hundreds of women to run through the Step into Running program.

Cliff Karthauser

has been called the most gifted runner from Nebraska. He ran a 2:16 at the 1980 Marathon Trials. Cliff was a four time All American at Nebraska Wesleyan University. He was the NCAAA College Division six mile champion. Cliff is on the Board of Directors for the Special Olympics Foundation, and has served as a volunteer coach for the Omaha Skutt cross country team.

Lou Soukup

has been the most prolific runner in the Omaha area. Lou has run 50 or more races per year for 20 years. He has run more than 1400 races and earned over 1000 awards, including more than 60 wins. Lou has been a fierce competitor in the masters category. Lou was involved in the early organization of running in Omaha. He was a member of the Plains Track Club, and a founder of the Omaha Running Club.