Supporting running in the metro Richmond area
Registration for the 2012 RRRC Volunteer Banquet on January 26, 2013 is now open at
Banquet location: Meadowbrook Country Club, 3700 Cogbill Road, RVA, 23234.
Banquet time: 6pm
Banquet cost: $30 per guest (please complete a registration per guest)
Your RRRC club is excited to announce we have contracted with Frank Shorter, 1972 Olympic Marathon Gold Medalist and 1976 Olympic Marathon Silver Medalist to speak at our annual banquet in early 2013.
Borrowed from his web site, the following are just a few of the highlights in Mr. Shorter's heralded career:
"Shorter won the U.S. national cross-country championships four times (1970, 1971, 1972, 1973). He was the U.S. Olympic Trials Champion in both the 10,000-meter run and the marathon in both 1972 and 1976. He also won both the 10,000-meter and the marathon at the 1971 Pan American Games. Shorter was a four-time winner of the Fukuoka Marathon (1971, 1972, 1973, 1974). He was successful on the road racing circuit as well, winning the Peachtree Road Race in 1977 and the Falmouth Road Race in 1975 and 1976.
Shorter won his greatest recognition, however, as a marathon runner, and is the only American athlete to win two medals in the Olympic marathon event. Shorter won the gold medal in the marathon at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany, after finishing fifth in the Olympic 10,000-meter final. He received the James E. Sullivan Award as the top amateur athlete in the United States afterward. He won the silver medal in the marathon at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Canada, finishing second behind previously unheralded gold medalist Waldemar Cierpinski of East Germany.
From 2000 to 2003, Shorter was the chairman of the United States Anti-Doping Agency, a body that he helped to establish.
Shorter was featured as a prominent character, played by Jeremy Sisto, in the 1998 film Without Limits. The film follows the life of Shorter’s contemporary, training partner, Olympic teammate and some-time rival Steve Prefontaine.  Shorter was the second to last person to see Prefontaine alive before he died in a car wreck.
Shorter was inducted into the Olympic Hall of Fame in 1984 and the USA National Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1989."
In addition to promoting running, Mr. Shorter is focused on stopping the cycles of physical and mental abuse under which he and many others have suffered.
"In the October 2011 issue of Runner’s World, an article by John Brant detailed the traumatic household life Frank and his siblings suffered at the hands of his father and the buckled end of his belt. While his father enjoyed great prominence in his community, his behavior may have reflected, “a profound narcissistic personality disorder” according to Barbara duPlessis, Frank’s sister. With the publication of the Runner’s World article, Mr. Shorter will begin to elaborate on stopping similar cycles of violence in more detail and in public."