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National Distance Running HOF Announces 2012 Class

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Utica, NY (WIBX) – A large crowd gathered at the F-X Matt Brewery for the announcement of this year’s inductees to the National Distance Running Hall of Fame.

This year’s class includes Horace Ashenfelter, Glenn Cunningham and Jacqueline Hansen.

Ashenfelter won a gold medal at the 1952 Olympic games and is the only American to hold a world record in the steeplechase.

Cunningham, who was severely burned as a child, would set the indoor mile world record in 1938 with a time of 4:04.

Hansen ran during the 1970s and set records by breaking the 2-hour 40-minute woman’s marathon barrier in 1975.

The official ceremony is July 7th at Mohawk Valley Community College during the Boilermaker Expo.

(story by Gino Geruntino)

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